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Open Specification Promise: What. How. Why.

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Recently, Microsoft announced a new type of licensing model aimed at making it much easier, therefore safer from a legal point of view, for developers to implement specs without having to spend a lot of time understanding complex license agreements and obscure legalese, then signing and faxing Microsoft legal documents in order to leverage a specification.

This new breed of simple licensing model is called the Open Specification Promise (OSP). Here, we chat with the minds behind OSP: Jean Paoli, co-creator of XML and General Manager of Interoperability & XML Architecture, Tom Robertson, General Manager of IP and Corportate Standards Strategy, and Amy Marasco, General Manager of Standards Strategy. Want to to understand what OSP is and why we created it? Tune in and let the the folks who thought it up explain it to you.

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  • haven't seen the video yet, but i remember the last videos about the advent of XML with Jean Paoli were really inspiring. Looking forward to seeing this one when i have the time!
  • Haven't seen it yet either but Jean is wonderful...i'm so excited Big Smile
  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...
    This is the paragraph?? Or is there another link to the actual language?
    http://www.microsoft.com/interop/osp/default.mspx#ENG


    Also, why did you not just use one of your new OSS licenses instead of this?  That was not really answered in the video AFAICT.  TIA


  • This is good, but I am a little confused. Most of the standards listed are web service standards. Why would Microsoft need to promise not to sue someone for using an industry standard?
  • gdesroches wrote:
    This is good, but I am a little confused. Most of the standards listed are web service standards. Why would Microsoft need to promise not to sue someone for using an industry standard?


    Smiley I had to smile -  good point.

    And I can-t wait for the Novell/Linux-Deal-video, explaining me, why RedHat-using companies sleep suddenly uncomfortable.

    BTW: guy-s, haven-t seen the video being excited? Classy comments. Wink

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