Microsoft's Promise for Interoperability Provokes Doubt and Hope

in CIO Magazine

Matt Asay, VP of business development for Alfresco Software, an open source alternative for enterprise content management, also thinks Microsoft's move to open up its APIs and protocols means great things for end-users, IT folks, and third-party vendors. "I don't know any enterprises that exclusively use Microsoft's products. Hence, for roughly 100 percent of the customers out there this should mean more seamless interoperability with third-party software solutions" [including Alfresco's]," he says. Still, "It's not a free ride for third-party software vendors: Microsoft still expects to get paid for its intellectual property, but it appears that Microsoft is going to be much more transparent about how it avails would-be partners of this IP. This should translate into better value for customers."

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