Interoperability - some Microsoft folks "get" Firefox

You can begin to see some signs that folks at Microsoft are getting more serious about tackling interoperability with open standards.

First off, a senior developer working on the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site (codenamed Xena) wants to make it more compatible with Firefox and Opera; here's the key quote: As we started work on Xena 3.0 about a year ago, one of my priority 1 requirements was to make the site fully cross-browser compatible. Funnily enough, the operations team (who tend to be pretty focused) told me that losing Deeptree wasn't required, because 99.5% of our client browsers were IE. I was able, however, to make the point that this could possibly be the case because we only support IE (after explaining that "support" is different from "can be accessed") and so that might possibly be a factor. The net-net of this is that cross-browser compatibility for Firefox, Opera, and IE will be included in the update for all major site functions. Check out the Xena blog for the context. This looks promising for better browser support from microsoft.com in future.

Also related to interoperability - it was nice to see another MSDN post, this time about JWSDP 1.5; the author is checking it out to allow him to update his article on WS-Security interoperability.

Looks good guys, keep it going.

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