In a victory for Microsoft's open source efforts, Massachusetts has decided to accept Microsoft's Office file format as sufficiently open to allow it to compete with other office productivity suites.
The jury is out on whether smaller shops can actually work with open source operating systems.
- By Bill Heldman
The state reverses its position on supporting Microsoft's document format.
- By Peter Varhol
Microsoft: friend of open source software (OSS)? That's what a new Web site from the world's largest proprietary software company would have you believe.
The Microsoft-Novell Linux alliance may have gotten shakier, with Microsoft saying it doesn't recognize the latest version of the standard license for open source software (OSS).
In a move that could broaden the appeal of Microsoft's new Silverlight rich Internet application plug-in to both the .NET and open source communities, a group of developers has demonstrated Silverlight-based multimedia running on a Linux-based system.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Based on Microsoft's model, the open source world evolves its stacks strategy.
The Microsoft-Google spitting match over desktop search is getting wetter every day, with Google now claiming that Microsoft's remedies don't go far enough, and Microsoft arguing that Google has a bad case of sour grapes.
Terracotta has bolstered its clustering infrastructure software for Java applications. The company issued an announcement that its Terracotta 2.4 solution, released in May of this year, now supports IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (CE), which is an open source enterprise server solution.
A federal judge has sided with Microsoft in Google's most recent complaint that Microsoft remedies to open Vista search up to competitors don't go far enough.
Nearly 43 percent of more than 600 IT and business professionals from various industries are already using open source software, according to a 2007 Open Source Software Survey conducted by Actuate Corp.
Microsoft has agreed to make changes to its search capabilities in Windows Vista, in response to federal anti-competitive charges leveled by Google. The changes will be part of Vista's service pack 1, which Microsoft said it hopes to have ready by the "end of the year."
Novell later this week will demonstrate Microsoft’s Silverlight 1.1 browser plug-in running on Linux.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Some Linux vendors haven't been as quick to secure deals with Microsoft that protect them from legal action relating to claims that open source software violates Microsoft patents.
Two senior Microsoft executives on a media tour touting what they say are the company's good-faith efforts to work with competitors and the open source community released an "open letter" on Friday, calling for more choice and flexibility in standard file formats.
- By Chris Kanaracus