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26 March 2008, 16:26

Microsoft gives code to the Apache Foundation

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Microsoft has announced its cooperation in the development of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Apache POI project. Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing MS Office formats, which is intended for use especially in the finance sector. Originally POI stood for "poor obfuscation implementation", a jab at the lack of transparency in the MS formats.

Microsoft wants to support the project in its implementation of the new MS Office Open XML format. In doing so, the corporation is cooperating with SourceSense, a European consulting firm that specialises in open source. Sam Ramji, Director of Platform Technology Strategy at Microsoft, characterised the cooperation with ASF as a further step in its change of strategy in how it cooperates with the open source community.

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