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The truth about open standards

Some people say that .NET is an open standard. Aren't real open standards developed in cooperation with many different platform developers?

Yes, absolutely. .NET is not an open standard because it is completely controlled by Microsoft. It is a de facto standard, but you're at the mercy of one vendor if you depend on it. True open standards involve a varied group of industry players that makes decisions about the specification.

This was first published in October 2005

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