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The Interop Wiki Project purpose is to gather information related to Microsoft positions and efforts regarding open standards in Europe and worldwide.

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» bring together developers interested in finding information on accessing and using documentation on some specifications and protocols by Microsoft.

» collect cases where developers and/or companies had issues meeting public tenders requirements in Europe because proprietary Microsoft technologies were mandated.

» understand better the current challenges regarding open standards from European policies perspective.

Because interoperability is the key to digital innovation, a strong communication is needed for a competitive Europe.


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Inserting a link - Hi there. We have noticed that bugs in the platform often appear from typing long links. That's not a big problem as we can fix it here manually but if you could think about skipping a line (ie. leaving one entire line empty) between your text and the link this would help. Thank you ! Your humble servant. (…) by interop wiki projectinterop wiki project - 02 Mar 2012 14:03 - 1

Documentation forum :

Microsoft fighting AIDS - This is quite curious news, and not really relevant to MS published documentation - btw maybe should we add a section on this website for miscellaneous info, how about that ? Anyway here is it.. Based on research against spamming : (…) by sacha 2012sacha 2012 - 20 Mar 2012 11:11 - 1

More news from Windows 8: Zune and Live scrapped off new "MS ID"? - Well that is going to confuse a lot of people, people using Windows and developers as well. Not every detail is known, but the Zune and Live brands will be going away for the Windows 8; they'll be replaced by the Windows Communication Apps (hey, I thought Windows Communication was something related to WCF, a set of Windows and Sharepoint APIs?) while the Live ID will be renamed or redeveloped as "Microsoft ID" Not the right time to change all your brands, Stevie… (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 25 Feb 2012 22:23 - 3

What's Microsoft'strategy on Open Source? - This is an interesting interview of one Microsoft manager in charge of OSS community that has been translated into English by Fabrice Mous. (Download the PDF on this page)
I personally think it's all very politically correct, because meanwhile Microsoft continues to push its policies against Open Source and threatens companies with software patents… (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 02 Mar 2012 13:58 - 3

Public Procurement forum :

French Defense IT system under US company control - It could be the scenario for next movie production on the dark lobbies of the power at the age of information society. Well, no, this is simply a case study among many, many others on the actual situation : Redmond's intrusion at all levels of our existence including the most sensitive ones – when it comes to our national security for example. (…) by Arsene 75Arsene 75 - 02 Sep 2011 15:06 - 8

Windows 8 on ARM will ONLY run MS Office - Now that's what I call "competition". What Microsoft is trying to tell us these days is that Windows on ARM will be: (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 18 Feb 2012 14:01 - 3

MSFT pressures UK gov on Open Standards and public procurement - Some things never change. The UK Gov had released a whitepaper on open standards, IT public procurement, making a good case for open source software and open standards: That didn't last long, Microsoft put them squarely back to where it thought the UK might allow and encourage: (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 27 Feb 2012 15:04 - 3

Standardization forum :

Preparatory Design Material - I don't know if this is the right place to post my question but as Interoperability might be a related issue, here it is : browsing through European existing legislation on software protection, I found the expression "preparatory design material" as supposed to be included under the definition of computer program. Would anybody have an idea about what this reffers to ? (…) by sacha 2012sacha 2012 - 04 Mar 2012 14:47 - 4

Software Standards & Patent Licensing - Not directly relevant to Microsoft's own practices and yet… useful things to keep in mind: (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 16 Feb 2012 09:25 - 1

Leap year issues everyhwhere around MSFT software? - With the news of the Windows Azure crash and subsequent downtime I am wondering if this is the same kind of issue we had already faced with OOXML. Remember the infamous 1900 bug in OOXML??? (…) by interophackerinterophacker - 02 Mar 2012 10:14 - 2

Latest comments
Here : » Microsoft and spam filtering may be leading the fight against HIV » Microsoft...
(by sacha 2012 20 Mar 2012 11:16, posts: 1)
Oh, here you go; you have Metro, but then you also have the "Classic" interface. Would...
(by interophacker 08 Mar 2012 10:00, posts: 3)
I don't know what to think of that, but there are nice screenshots there...
(by interophacker 08 Mar 2012 09:58, posts: 3)
LOL yes. I think they want to mention the spec and whatever "industrial design" logic...
(by interophacker 08 Mar 2012 09:56, posts: 4)
It's hard to understand how this pervasive this bug might be, although I'm sure it's not...
(by interophacker 08 Mar 2012 09:53, posts: 2)
Or we might as well do two different things: use URL shorteners such as ur1.ca , goo.gl etc. use...
(by interophacker 08 Mar 2012 09:51, posts: 1)
This sounds like a recurrent issue now !
(by sacha 2012 05 Mar 2012 16:59, posts: 2)
Good reminders indeed - see subdivisions : - "Who Develops and Sets The Standards" -...
(by sacha 2012 05 Mar 2012 16:52, posts: 1)
+1 ^^
(by sacha 2012 05 Mar 2012 16:39, posts: 3)
In French "le matériel de conception préparatoire".. :x Paper and ink.. ?
(by sacha 2012 05 Mar 2012 16:29, posts: 4)
My first opinion would be that this "preparatory design material" means something like...
(by interophacker 05 Mar 2012 11:08, posts: 4)
Perhaps. But when it comes to nine different flavours I think that even without being versed in...
(by interophacker 05 Mar 2012 11:04, posts: 3)
It's happening in the now famous US jurisdiction of East Texas, but the plaintiff is a Luxembourg...
(by interophacker 05 Mar 2012 11:03, posts: 3)
Well, MS has strong ties with Facebook, through its search engine mostly. But G+ increasingly...
(by interophacker 05 Mar 2012 11:01, posts: 3)
"The term 'computer programs' shall include their preparatory design material."
(by sacha 2012 04 Mar 2012 15:05, posts: 4)
It appears that MS did a good work to convince everybody that OOXML and MS Office mean the same.....
(by athena21 03 Mar 2012 14:50, posts: 2)
It is not clear to me what arguments MS has against Google + here. I mean, MS is not trying to...
(by athena21 03 Mar 2012 14:09, posts: 3)
Hey, how about investing in the draft of a book on manipulations tips used by malicious lobbyists...
(by athena21 03 Mar 2012 13:52, posts: 3)
I love to see my enemies using Manipulation Rule # 1, ie. taking the other party's arguments and...
(by athena21 03 Mar 2012 13:46, posts: 3)
The use of the terms "commercial software" instead of "proprietary software"...
(by Dark Marten 03 Mar 2012 13:20, posts: 3)
Yes, they will.
(by Dark Marten 02 Mar 2012 14:51, posts: 3)
I can't believe that.
(by athena21 02 Mar 2012 14:48, posts: 3)
Btw here is the direct link to the interview in English. Very interesting reportage by Fabrice...
(by athena21 02 Mar 2012 14:31, posts: 3)
Thank you Interophacker. To make it more readable let's copy past here the quotations from...
(by athena21 02 Mar 2012 14:23, posts: 3)