Document Programs

Microsoft makes its Open Specifications technical documents available primarily through two document programs, Microsoft Interoperability Program (MIP) and Workgroup Server Protocols Program (WSPP). See the MIP and WSPP pages for more information. For information on the documents that are included in these programs, see the Patent Map on the Patent Promises and Patents page.

Technical documents in the WSPP document program are organized by task and scenarios as described in WSPP Technical Specifications Tasks and Scenarios.

Although the Open Specifications technical documents are freely available, many of them include patented inventions. Some of these patents are available at no charge under the Open Specifications Promise or the Microsoft Community Promise. The remaining patents are available through various licensing programs. For more information, please visit the Microsoft Open Specifications Dev Center website or send an email message to the IP Licensing Team.