Tom Robertson (Microsoft Corp. General Manager of Interoperability and Standards) describes a set of broad-reaching changes to the company’s technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice for developers, partners, customers, and competitors.

Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products:
(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.