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Microsoft says "open sesame"

While you may have been out last night watching the latest Rambo adventure with Sly Stallone making war for war's sake, Microsoft was busy declaring a truce with the open source community.

While you may have been out last night watching the latest Rambo adventure with Sly Stallone making war for war's sake, Microsoft was busy declaring a truce with the open source community.

The Redmond giant said that they would make available, for no cost, the APIs for Office and Windows Server initially, and eventually the APIs for Windows Vista, the .NET Framework, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007, and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

The one gotcha attached to the arrangement is that Microsoft has pledged not to sue open source developers working on non-commerical software — the moment money becomes involved, Microsoft patents and royalities kick in.

The move has not received universal acclaim with the European Commission expressing doubt over whether Microsoft would actually do what it stated it would and saying that the announcement would not affect its antitrust investigations against the software giant.

"The Commission would welcome any move towards genuine interoperability," read the statement. "Nonetheless, the Commission notes that today's announcement follows at least four similar statements by Microsoft in the past on the importance of interoperability."

It's been a big week for Microsoft as it announced students would be able to get their hands on free copies of Microsoft's Visual Studio, Server 2003 Standard Edition, Expression Studio, XNA studio for developing Xbox 360 software and SQL Server 2005.

The free developer tools announcement was discussed by Bill Gates in a video interview.

Also on the video front this week, we were flat out like a lizard drinking. There is two-part look at mobile Linux at the Mobile World Congress — part one looks at phones based on the LiMo standard while part two takes a look at Android.

Check out our in-depth interview with Marc Canter of Macromedia fame, while locally we began our series of videos with Andrew Tridgell as well as providing some Wii tips in Club Builder.

No doubt next week we will still be in the fallout from the Microsoft API announcement — we'll keep you updated as always.

Enjoy your weekend!

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