Two competing camps at Microsoft
For Microsoft's Richards, the move demonstrates the company's commitment to data portability and giving users "a choice of how to use and control their information." The move also follows the announcement earlier in March of a number of new and improved APIs and tools to help the developer community deliver new customer experiences. "We outlined the priorities for the Windows Live platform, including our intent to simplify data portability while keeping users, and their data, safe and secure. We announced the beta release of the Windows Live Contacts API, which Web developers can use in production to enable their customers to transfer and share their Windows Live Contacts in a safe and secure way. Simply stated, our efforts aim to put users at the center of their online experience," Richards said."Right now, overall, it appears the -interoperability' group is winning," Enderle said.
With regard to Microsoft's commitment to data portability, Enderle says that there are clearly two competing camps inside the company. One camp is driving the actions-like this one-that are focused on infrastructure and interoperability problems as part of traditional core strengths. The other camp has been on a more proprietary path for some time.