The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when it wants – and still make money. Microsoft supported Open Standard software.
This presentation was originally scheduled for Tuesday July 19, The delay was caused by Bob’s visit to the hospital the Saturday before. Was this extreme avoidance? Rumors have circulated that perhaps Redmond-based agents got to Bob just in time, fearing any exposure with a LUG. Another creative mind proposed that RGB may have been cloned and we now have a new Bob. The original Bob is being forced to document PERL code in a dimly lit room somewhere in the Northwest.
Many people believe that our friends in Redmond, Washington are intent on collecting money for every little thing that they produce, and they just never share. However, we took a look at four very useful items that have emerged from Microsoft over the past few years. Robert covered these subjects as four short presentations, each indicates that Microsoft knows how to create and use open standards when they see how these methods prove to be effective.
DHCP http://www.dhcp.org/ Short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A protocol for assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network. Essential configuration of workstations is too common a need to require skilled staff.
WHY WOULD MICROSOFT SUPPORT OPEN STANDARDS? - A tool for entering the market: remove cost barrier - Exploit market opportunities quickly - Establish a de facto standard where confusion reigns - Become the standard-setter for future growth
SUMMARY --------------- Despite all the talk about how bad "open source" and "open standards" are, Microsoft does not hesitate to adapt these practices when they consider it appropriate.
Based on these efforts, Microsoft is actually fairly successful at it.
Everyone in the industry had benefited from these open projects; we all use the products of these efforts, by choice and preference.