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Sender ID, Other Tools in Public Domain -- Just Don't Call 'Em Open Source!

Ray Ozzie got the Microsoft open source ball rolling when he released Live Clipboard. Now, things are sorta starting to move as Redmond releases more and more technologies into the public domain via the Open Specification Promise (OSP), which is Microsoft-shorthand for "You can use our technology and we won't sue."

Last week, Microsoft applied that promise to Sender ID, which is a way to make sure e-mail is coming from a real person rather than a spam factory. Microsoft has also put its Virtual Hard Disk Image Format spec into the public domain. OSP technologies now total about a half-dozen, including a number of SOAP technologies, single sign-on goodies and security tools. Microsoft lists the full roster here.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/01/2006 at 1:15 PM


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