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Posted by Steve MutkoskiSenior Standards Strategist
As Craig Shank mentioned in a post last week, standards are an important part of a dynamic ICT marketplace, fostering interoperability, collaboration, competition and consumer trust.
To provide solutions that span products and technologies for our customers’ needs, it’s crucial to have a healthy and robust standards environment. Some will say that one development or standards model or another is the best or most valid, but at Microsoft we believe that openness in standards development is the best way to ensure that everyone’s needs are met, whether those needs are rapid innovation, broad adoption, cost efficiency, or specific customer requirements. And we believe that openness in how standards are developed and implemented leads to greater choice in the marketplace. Likewise, we believe that an open marketplace is the best way to determine the success of a standard—companies and customers will choose to use the standards that meet their needs, not because they are all that’s available through government mandate or regulation.
Posted by Geoff SullivanManaging Sales Director, Open Solutions Group
Many people are surprised when they hear how much progress Microsoft and Novell have made in their efforts around Linux/Windows interoperability.
We set up a dedicated interoperability lab in Cambridge, and even made contributions to the Linux kernel. This has led us to where are today: We have Windows Server Hyper-V managing virtualized SUSE applications and System Center Operations Manager discovering, managing and updating Linux servers.
And by virtue of the work done in Office 14, Microsoft and Novell are trading Microsoft Office documents and Open Office documents on a daily basis. When I stop to consider the progress we’ve made, it is hard to imagine that we were ever worried about what our joint development could accomplish from a technical standpoint.
Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Strategy, Open Solutions Group
I know I am not the only one that often spends time thinking about where the puck is going next; wondering about how the industry is going to work together to anticipate tomorrow's challenges in serving up the cloud.
After spending the last couple of weeks participating in the World Hosters Day in Rust Germany, Microsoft Hosting Days in Madrid, Milan and Munich and the Microsoft Hosting Summit back home in Bellevue, Washington, I know that I am not alone in thinking about this. Attending these events has verified for me that Web Hosters will drive adoption of Cloud services over the next three years. And I am happy to report that we are working closely with our partners, and even competitors, to help these Hosters serve the needs of their customers around the world.
So why do I believe that Hosters are going to drive adoption of cloud services?
Posted by Craig ShankGeneral Manager, Interoperability & Standards
I’m Craig Shank, and I work in Microsoft’s Interoperability Group.