After years of living in denial, Microsoft has finally decided to stop trying to fight open-source software, by releasing 30,000 pages of documentation for Windows (both desktop and server products) that were previously available to partners only through trade secret licenses. Redmond is making also available new licenses to a large number of its software patents “on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, at low royalty rates.”

In a series of recent moves including the launch of http://www.opensourcehero.com/ site, that will launch February 28, the same day as Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has released to the press “New interoperability principles.”

The four principles it is declaring are:

(1) ensuring open connections
(2) promoting data portability
(3) enhancing support for industry standards
(4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.

In order to improve visibility for following acts, the company has setup a new site, that will allow access to latest developments in Microsoft's products.

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