Not directly security related: I am often asked about the interoperability between our products and third-party products. Additionally people claim that we do not allow others to use our technology â€“ that we lock you in.
Just now I read the following news:
Google just announced Google Sync, which licenses our Active Sync technology. As Horacio Gutierrez our Deputy General Counsel and VP for Intellectual Property & Licensing puts it: Googleâ€™s licensing of these Microsoft patents relating to the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol is a clear acknowledgement of the innovation taking place at Microsoft.Â This agreement is also a great example of Microsoftâ€™ s openness to generally license our patents under fair and reasonable terms so long as licensees respect Microsoft intellectual property.Â This open approach has been part of Microsoftâ€™s IP licensing policy since 2003 and has resulted in over 500 licensing agreements of the last five years.
They base that on the Exchange ActiveSync IP Licensing Program.
So, I would look forward for our competitors to do similar things and allow interop between their products and other vendors like us