Posted by: Charles Maitland | Friday 16 February, 2007

Set your data free

This is the headline for a major article in the Spring edition of the Microsoft UK Partner magazine. In the article the writer explains how the wonderful world of Web 2.0 will allow our data and information to be available and productive. (as long as it does not come from Microsoft applications) 

From the tag line of the piece

“Information should be available in order for it to be valuable. It must be easy to create, find and share. Web 2.0 is just the start. Welcome to the future of data”

A very noble goal.

It goes on to say

“Finding a way to share the right information at the right time, in the right way with the right people is a crucial business activity. Some believe that 2007 will be a watershed year…”

“Taking a broad view of social networking, blogs, wikis, intranets, CRM, and other line of business applications… it is clear that there are lots of ways for companies to find and share information and to collaborate effectively.”

Yes they even use the example of CRM despite the fact that the Microsoft licensing cripples ANY realistic prospect of this admirable goal being achieved. I have ranted about this before.

So please Microsoft stop writing about the wonderful utopia of shared data, lock up your lawyers and write a practical, consistent and pragmatic set of licences that we can actually work within to achieve these goals.

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