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April 7, 2006
Microsoft is turning to its customers for advice on how to better link its products to the outside world.

The company said Wednesday it is establishing a special council of about 30 large customers to advise the computing giant on how to make its software better interoperate with non-Microsoft products.

The Interoperability Customer Executive Council will meet twice a year at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters to identify and prioritize issues relating to interoperability, the company said.

The council will be headed by Bob Muglia, the senior vice president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, and include high-level IT executives from large Microsoft customers.

"We hear from customers that interoperability is as important as security or reliability," said Tom Robertson, the general manager of interoperability and standards at Microsoft. "(But) we haven't had a formalized process where we pull people together and think about the various scenarios."

Some of the founding members of the council, which will meet for the first time in September, include representatives from the French bank Societe Generale, LexisNexis, Denmark's Ministry of Finance, and the states of Wisconsin and Delaware.

Robertson said that the structure of the interoperability council came from Microsoft's experience setting up a similar security council with customers.

Microsoft has stepped up efforts to make its products work better with those from other vendors, according to company executives.

Windows and its .Net development software are proprietary but company resprentatives participate in standards bodies.

The company has also reorganized internally to make interoperability and standards-compliance a higher priority during product development, said Robertson who was named general manager of standards and interoperability last year.

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MS will use this info for evil and monopolistic purposes
Since the inception of M$, Bill Gates has always put NOT interoperating with other products as a top priority right up there with other practices that maintain the monopoly. Microsoft has absolutely no desire to interoperate with other products, always has and always will do whatever it takes to harm consumers with second rate low quality products. Security and quality will never compromise Microsoft's primary goal, to rule one and all.
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Typical anti-ms bilge
"Since the inception of M$, Bill Gates has always put NOT interoperating with other products as a top priority right up there with other practices that maintain the monopoly."
That statement is obviously false but for the record when MS was first founded they made Basic interpreters for various home computers and one of their nice points was the ease with which Basic code written for one system could be ported to another. They couldn't have worked at maintaining a monopoly at that time simply becase they didn't
have one.

"Microsoft has absolutely no desire to interoperate with other products, "

Here you contradict the entire point of the article you responded to. Obviously you have a failure to comprehend, probably based on your failure to understand how business actually works but as likely your failure is compounded by a direct and unreasonable hatred of MS.

"always has and always will do whatever it takes to harm consumers with second rate low quality products."

That is slander, pure and simple. Your hatred is obvious, your reasons for your hatred are most likely irrational. Again, for the record: MS didn't build a monopoly based on second-rate products. If you think otherwise you're just a fool.

"Security and quality will never compromise Microsoft's primary goal, to rule one and all."

As a publically owned company, MS's goal should be to make money for it's shareholders. Since the market is demanding security and quality in the software they're buying then it should follow that MS is indeed focusing on those items. Just because you state otherwise doesn't make it so and your obvious and unreasonable hatred has blinded you to the simple truth.
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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MS will use this info for evil and monopolistic purposes
Since the inception of M$, Bill Gates has always put NOT interoperating with other products as a top priority right up there with other practices that maintain the monopoly. Microsoft has absolutely no desire to interoperate with other products, always has and always will do whatever it takes to harm consumers with second rate low quality products. Security and quality will never compromise Microsoft's primary goal, to rule one and all.
Posted by 206538395198018178908092208948 (141 comments )
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Typical anti-ms bilge
"Since the inception of M$, Bill Gates has always put NOT interoperating with other products as a top priority right up there with other practices that maintain the monopoly."
That statement is obviously false but for the record when MS was first founded they made Basic interpreters for various home computers and one of their nice points was the ease with which Basic code written for one system could be ported to another. They couldn't have worked at maintaining a monopoly at that time simply becase they didn't
have one.

"Microsoft has absolutely no desire to interoperate with other products, "

Here you contradict the entire point of the article you responded to. Obviously you have a failure to comprehend, probably based on your failure to understand how business actually works but as likely your failure is compounded by a direct and unreasonable hatred of MS.

"always has and always will do whatever it takes to harm consumers with second rate low quality products."

That is slander, pure and simple. Your hatred is obvious, your reasons for your hatred are most likely irrational. Again, for the record: MS didn't build a monopoly based on second-rate products. If you think otherwise you're just a fool.

"Security and quality will never compromise Microsoft's primary goal, to rule one and all."

As a publically owned company, MS's goal should be to make money for it's shareholders. Since the market is demanding security and quality in the software they're buying then it should follow that MS is indeed focusing on those items. Just because you state otherwise doesn't make it so and your obvious and unreasonable hatred has blinded you to the simple truth.
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supplimental reading
When I can just direct you to the original commentary:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/06/13/195257.shtml?tid=138" target="_newWindow">http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/06/13/195257.shtml?tid=138</a>
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supplimental reading
When I can just direct you to the original commentary:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/06/13/195257.shtml?tid=138" target="_newWindow">http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/06/13/195257.shtml?tid=138</a>
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