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Microsoft pledges not to sue over open source
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 21 February 2008 11:04

 Microsoft pledges not to sue over open source

February 21, 2008 7:21 AM PST
Posted by Ina Fried
C/Net News 

Microsoft's top executives are set to announce a broad interoperability strategy that includes an agreement not to sue open source companies for products that connect to Microsoft software, a source familiar with the company's plans told CNET

The software maker had already taken baby steps in this direction, signing individual pacts with companies like Novell and Turbolinux as well as agreeing not to sue individual developers.

The company has scheduled a conference call at 8:30 a.m. PT Thursday to discuss the news. Among the executives on the call are CEO Steve Ballmer, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, Server and Tools head Bob Muglia and general counsel Brad Smith.

Update: Microsoft issued its press release with more details.

Microsoft on Thursday announced changes in its business practices to work better with software from other providers, including open-source communities.
It laid out four principles aimed at making its high-volume enterprise software support standards and better handle data from non-Microsoft software.
Specifically, Microsoft said it will publish the documentation for the application programming interfaces and communications protocols in its "high-volume products." Developers do not need to buy a license or pay a royalty to access the information.   [C/Net news...]  [Comments...]

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