When Microsoft introduced Azure, they not only provided a .NET SDK, they also have provided a Java, PHP and Ruby SDK. Plus Eclipse editor tools.
Jean Paoli, co-creator of Xml, presented the story on Microsoft’s interoperability effort. Covering 4 key tenants: Products, Collaboration, Developer Resources and Standards Bodies.
For Microsoft’s big main products they
- Have documented protocols, more than 80K pages
- Work with more than 150 standards organizations
- Sit down every six months for two days and talk with IBM, Red Hat, Apache etc. Having frank open non-marketing conversations about interoperability
Check out their page Interoperability Bridges & Lab Center.
Microsoft says they see big opportunities in the operability space. Perhaps another chance to embrace and extend.