Microsoft / Linspire covenant

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by mkrishnan, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Interesting, interesting....

    http://news.com.com/Microsoft+signs...inspire/2100-1012_3-6190846.html?tag=nefd.top

    Most interestingly, Linspire users who pay for the "covenant" version of Linspire get Windows Live voice chatting in the Pidgin IM program and WMP10 codec compatibility as part of the deal. How 'bout Mac users getting those things? :(

    On the bright side (maybe?) MS also apparently pledged to work with Sun and Novell to improve open source translators between OOo and MS Office.
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    The only cooperation Microsoft really needs to offer is to open up the Office file formats so they don't have to be reverse engineered. Since they don't seem to be offering this, I am skeptical about any pledge Microsoft makes to work more closely with Sun and Novell.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

    clevin

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    M$ can't keep the secret, so if the WMV10 and enhanced pidgin is available for Linspire, it will be out in the wild soon...:D
     
  4. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Well, they've managed to keep the secret for some years now. ;) But I do hope it ends up helping the reverse engineers.

    As far as the OOo support, I didn't see much information anywhere about that. It doesn't sound, as IJ states, like they actually plan to fully open up their documentation on the Office file formats. They ought to at least release everything on the "old" Office formats. Plus, if they want the new formats to stick, they need to be more progressive in helping them spread beyond Office 07 on Windows.
     

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