November 14, 2006 12:30 AM PST
Microsoft starts a group for software harmony
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The goal of the committee, which will have about 25 members initially, is to make existing software work well together, Microsoft executives said.
"In conversations (about interoperability), one thing that has come through from customers has been the need to have a constructive conversation with vendors about interoperability," said Jason Matusow, Microsoft's senior director for interoperability.
The council is not meant to replace existing standards bodies. Rather, the goal is to identify interoperability problems and to generate recommendations on how to address them, said Sam Rosenbalm, a business development manager at Microsoft who helped organize the council.
"Customers are telling us that even with standards, when they get products in production, it doesn't always work well," he said.
The list of vendors participating in the initiative include Sun Microsystems, Novell and SugarCRM. Microsoft already has a formal partnership with these companies to ensure their respective products work well together.
Other members include open-source virtualization company XenSource, Xcalia, Software AG, Siemens, Citrix, BEA Systems, CA and Advanced Micro Devices.
Microsoft will seek to include other large technology providers in the council, Rosenbalm said.