A timely Mary Jo Foley reality check -- but whatever the reasons, Microsoft's expanding focus on transparency, standards, and interop are good for it and for the industry overall.
As its leadership has changed, so, too, has Microsoft. But I am never going to stop being skeptical of Microsoft’s motives.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie may profess that the company’s top priorities are transparency, standards and interoperability. But regardless of these kinds of pronouncements, the Softies seem to believe that insisting their actions are altruistic and customer-motivated — even when they are really motivated by lawsuit threats and other, less-palatable reasons — will fool its constituencies.