Thirty New Customers Sign

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-11-08 Print this article Print

up for Microsofts Linux Support Coupons"> Microsoft and Novell also expanded their technical collaboration agreement, under which Microsoft will make available its UIA (User Interface Automation) specification—an advanced accessibility framework which simplifies the development of assistive technology products for people with one or more disabilities. Microsoft is also pledging to let anyone in the open-source and proprietary software communities use any of its patents necessary to implement the specification without fear of legal action.
"We heard from customers that they wanted a framework that would allow accessibility to the products, irrelevant of what platform they were running. There is a growing need for accessible products worldwide and we are really pleased that we will deliver this framework, which really allows accessibility to innovations, regardless of whether you are on the Linux or Windows platform," Microsofts Hauser said.
Will Microsoft buy the new Citrix? Click here to read more. Novell will develop an open-source, cross-platform adapter that will allow the UIA framework to work well with existing Linux accessibility projects and complements the investments made by IBM and others. The UIA solution will ensure interoperability of non-visual access to the next generation of software applications and will also enable UIA to interoperate with the Linux Accessibility Toolkit, which ships with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ubuntu Linux. Can Windows and open source learn to play nice? Click here to read more. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, welcomed the moves. "These are examples of how industry can come together to tackle interoperability problems for the blind community, and we challenge the entire IT industry to continue to look for creative opportunities such as this to solve longstanding interoperability challenges and reduce development barriers to accessibility," he said. Janina Sajka, chair of the Open Accessibility Work Group in the Linux Foundation, said that adding more toolkits to the interoperability ecosystem was beneficial to the whole accessibility community. "We are always talking to customers about virtualization, and directory interoperability is an area where there has been much interest as there are many large Active Directory customers who are interested in leveraging that technology for access and authentication in their Linux environment," Novells Hastee said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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