CyberTech Rambler

July 21, 2006

Microsoft’s new found Principles

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 11:42 am

It emerged that Microsoft letting Google into Vista, as discussed in a previous blog post, is part of a set of 12 new tenets adopted by Microsoft.Dan Farber of ZDNet managed to distill it well.

Looking at the “Windows Principles“, the name Microsoft gives to this set of tenets, it is clear that a lot of tenets are response to external pressure, particularly Antitrust, but also Linux.

The underlying question is always, does this improve Windows competativeness? Yes. Most importantly, for the first time, manufacturers are now able to substantially customize their Windows offering (Tenets 1 to 3). While it is true that nowadays you can get computers with third parties software install, but you will find that it is effectively the same Windows Stuff plus a few applications. However, the new tenets allows, in principle, to alter the “same Windows Stuff”. I think Microsoft is taking a leaf from Linux many favours (Debian, RedHat, Suse and Ubuntu). This makes Windows interesting again.

As for tenets aimed at developers, we need to see what it means in practice. Current practices, OpenXML vs ODF and Sender ID for example, do not bore well, but things can change.

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