Standards Mean “First Benefit Consumers”
Interoperability: First Benefit Microsoft
The way I see it, interoperability is for Microsoft a means to an end, the end being competitive gains more than customer benefits. Microsoft is the first beneficiary of its interoperability efforts. The new management tools clearly show what interoperability really means to Microsoft: increasing its footprint in heterogenous platform environments. That’s going to be most important in established markets like the United States, where most companies that need servers have them already.