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21.02.2008 @ 18:52 \06\Thu, 21 Feb 2008 18:52:34 +0000\34 +0000 UTC
Microsoft anunció hoy la publicación del API (Application Programming Interface) para windows y Office.
Microsoft today quickly halted speculation about its significant announcement by revealing that it will freely publish the application programming interfaces (APIs) and communication protocols for many of its key products, allowing any company looking to use some of Microsoft’s techniques for their own software. The access extends to both Windows Vista and Server 2008 as well as the .NET framework that underpins some application code. Office 2007 and Microsoft’s latest server suites for Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL are also covered, according to the company. More than 30,000 pages are expected to go online and will include documentation of how the company implements cross-platform standards.
Este anuncio se debe mucho a las acusaciones por parte de la Unión Europea respecto a las prácticas monopólicas que Microsoft tiene (valga la redundancia) ya que la empresa nunca ha puesto a disposición la información necesaria para la interoperabilidad de sus aplicaciones con aplicaciones de terceros.
Microsoft’s move confirms earlier predictions that it is reacting to recently renewed European antitrust investigations, which have accused Microsoft of failing to provide enough information about its code to third parties. A number of large software houses have prompted the investigation, noting that Microsoft’s historically limited documentation of both its APIs and its standards implementations prevent them from developing programs that integrate properly with Microsoft’s own or support standards on an equal footing.
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