Microsoft has quietly relaunched Port 25, with a slick new design and greater emphasis on IT community.
Port 25 is an important point of Microsoft's engagement with the open-source community and enterprise customers running multiple platforms. During my analyst days, I spoke with some of Port 25's creators before the site's launch. I'm impressed at how well the site has evolved into being a place of real dialog, without becoming overwhelmed by Microsoft's marketing agenda.
I credit some of the openness on open source and interoperability to Bill Hilf, Microsoft's director of platform strategy. He ranks #11 on my list of 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft.
Still, Microsoft struggles to be truly interoperable, with more emphasis on other stuff working with the company's products rather than both ways.
February 12, 2008