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Vacation Time

I’ll be away from the blog for a spell. I’ll get online and approve comments etc, when I can.

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 08/04/2009

Real Interoperability Projects and Documentation

It’s been a while since I was part of the core team doing the broader interop work at Microsoft. I...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 08/04/2009

A Simplified Discussion of “Open Standards” – Welcome to the Warehouse

My last post has driven some great discussion around what an open standard means. Heck, I think I...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 08/03/2009

Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

I love reading smart people’s blogs – and Rick is definitely among that group. I have really enjoyed...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 08/02/2009

Project Tuva – Physics for People Like Me

I read on CNET today that Bill Gates and Microsoft Research had collaborated to release a series of...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 07/15/2009

Contribution, Collaboration, & Implementation – Standards Need Balance

Over the past few months, my passport has received more than its fair-share of stamps. I have spoken...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 07/13/2009

A Community of Standards Professionals @ Microsoft

The past year of work for me (since I was regularly blogging) has been all about follow through on...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 07/11/2009

Hello World…Again

It is time to start blogging again. I have received many emails asking where I went. The simple...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 07/08/2009

A Macro Question About Microsoft And Standards - Oh Yeah - And Is Microsoft Really Committed to Open XML?

A colleague of mine, Stuart McKee, sat on a panel recently during a Red Hat event. His comments have...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 06/24/2008

Strategic Use of Collaborative Development in South Africa - Follow Up

Last week I wrote a blog entry stemming from my experience in South Africa and my impressions about...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 05/28/2008

Open XML, ODF, PDF, and XPS in Office

Clearly the Press Announcement today from Microsoft will bring about another wave of discourse on...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 05/21/2008

The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

It has now been almost three years since I stepped away from working daily on open source...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 05/19/2008

Participation in standards...

Just a quick note today. I am on the road meeting with MS people and later this week doing a bunch...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/23/2008

IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP - the conversation continues...

There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw....

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/19/2008

More Open XML Discussion - more misunderstandings about standards and IP

There is much to talk about based on what has been happening in the discussion of Open XML these...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/16/2008

Open XML - SC34 Maintenance Agreement

Throughout the months leading up to the BRM and then following it, there was discussion over the...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/10/2008

Texas Legislature - Electronic Documents Hearing

On Wednesday April 9, the Texas House of Representatives Government Reform Committee will be hearing...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/09/2008

More Protocol Documentation - Interop Principles Commitment

Just a quick note. MS is continuing to follow-through on the interop principles commitment made...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/08/2008

Open XML - Where The Rubber Meets The Road

After so much prognostication about standards in the abstract, it struck me today that it's worth...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/08/2008

van den Beld Post & Participation - Open XML continued

The complaints keep rolling in on Groklaw about the outcome from Open XML. ***UPDATE #2: I went out...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/04/2008

The Process Challenge - A Predictable Path

Updated April 7, April 8 In light of the approval of Open XML as an international standard...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/01/2008

IS29500 - Open XML Is An International Standard

ISO has distributed the results of the Open XML vote to national bodies (**UPDATED) resulting in...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 04/01/2008

Building Bridges to other XML-based Formats

I have repeatedly made the argument that it is bad logic that leads you to the conclusion that there...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/29/2008

Countries Are Saying Yes To Open XML

Updated April 2 - ISO has just confirmed the approval of IS 29500 in a press release....

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/27/2008

United States Votes to Approve Open XML

The United States national body has voted to approve DIS 29500 with 11 votes "yes," 4 votes "no," 1...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/14/2008

DIS 29500 Meets All JTC 1 IPR Requirements for Approval as an International Standard

The FUD machine from the anti-Open XML camp has been running on the high-octane fuel of the Software...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/14/2008

Applying the Interoperability Principles to Accessibility

As last week came to a close, I blogged about a few examples where Microsoft was applying the...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/11/2008

I just saw this come through in email, and would point you to Doug Mahugh's blog that the US V1...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/07/2008

Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

Busy, busy, busy. So many things going on at once. I have been meaning to write about a few items...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/07/2008

Some Balanced Statements Regarding The Open XML BRM

I want to highlight a few comments following the close of the BRM in Geneva. The folks highlighted...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/06/2008

Positive Comments on the BRM from the Denmark NSB

The national standard body for Denmark has posted some short comments about the BRM. For the moment,...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/03/2008

Rick Jeliffe of the Australian Delegation Commented on the BRM

Rick has pulled his blog posting about the BRM for the moment due to the fact that he will be...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/03/2008

Ecma International Comments on the BRM

Ecma International released its comments on the BRM. The Ballot Resolution Meeting was a very...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/03/2008

Standards Norway Comments on the BRM

You can check out the official posting from Standards Norway online. I am providing a link to the...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/03/2008

More Discussion of the Open XML BRM

The weekend has brought about a frenzy of blog activity surrounding the BRM last week. The comments...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 03/03/2008

The Open XML Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) Was An Unqualified Success

The DIS 29500 ballot resolution meeting (BRM) finished up in Geneva today and was an unqualified...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/29/2008

Geneva Day 3 - Open XML BRM, OFE Event, and the blogosphere continued...

First An article in CIO Magazine online The CIO of Denmark comments that no matter what happens at...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/28/2008

Open XML BRM Day 2 Thoughts

Well it would seem that facts, rumors, and opinions are flowing fast and hard from Geneva. There...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/26/2008

Many Eyes on Geneva - Open XML Ballot Resolution Meeting

Well the bubble and churn of press and blogs is just getting going. It is worth mentioning that the...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/25/2008

Microsoft Takes Next Step In Delivering Interoperability

Today Microsoft made a substantive announcement about interoperability and I’d like to discuss the...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/21/2008

Sage Words From Patrick Durusau (ODF Project Editor)

I included a reference to Partick's open letter in my posting of yesterday. The more I thought about...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/20/2008

Open XML: The BRM...The BRM...Oh My!...The BRM

After more than a year of writing about standardization of document formats, we sit on the verge of...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/19/2008

Burton Group Conversation on Doc Formats

If you haven't seen this - there is an interesting conversation under way over at the Burton Group's...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/13/2008

Doc Formats and the State of Minnesota

Last summer, I spent an enjoyable day with a wide range of people in Minneapolis. There were a few...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 02/12/2008

Open XML Support By IBM

Having been out all last week, I seem to have missed the opportunity to communicate about the fact...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 01/21/2008

Keep The Important Things In Mind

Last week was one of the more stressful weeks of my life. The result has been a reminder of what is...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 01/21/2008

There are NO intellectual property rights issues with Open XML

One of the interesting pieces of FUD floating around out there about Open XML is that there are IP...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 01/11/2008

Document Format Junky Alert - New Blogger On The Block

Gray Knowlton from the Office product team is now blogging, and it is interesting stuff for any...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 01/08/2008

A New Web Site for the New Year

Happy New Year to those of you who regularly read this blog. I have been on vacation and promised...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 01/07/2008

Ecma Posts Next Set of Open XML Dispositions for Review by National Standards Bodies

Just a quick note: Ecma International posted a statement that they have dropped the second set of...

Author: jasonmatusow Date: 12/12/2007

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