Today then analyst-firm Gartner issued just such a warning to its clients: Don't follow Microsoft's invitation to use its documentation, or else risk patent lawsuits and other legal troubles down the road. Even non-commercial open source developers should beware. There is an article about the Gartner report on InformationWeek (nice comments below the article), and also a good summary here at The Inquirer.
Gartner writes that Microsoft's openness pledge "is not wholly altruistic". Mind you, large corporations, Microsoft or any other, are never going to be altruistic in anything they do. There is always some business reason behind it. So, somehow this doesn't come as any surprise at all.
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