Open Standards Articles

Will You Adopt Facebook’s App Links? Will You Adopt Facebook’s App Links?

Back in April, Facebook unveiled App Links, its effort to enable mobile apps to deep link to one another, effectively making the mobile app ecosystem more like the world wide web that we’ve all come to know and love. Your …

Google: “Buzz Will Be Just Another Node”
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When Google announced Google Buzz earlier this week, the company made it abundantly clear that it was interested in Buzz being as open as possible. Looking at the Google Buzz API page, you’ll see that support for Activity Streams, AtomPub, OAuth, PubSubHubbub, Salmon and WebFinger are things that are "coming soon."

Microsoft’s New Openness Makes More Sense
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When Microsoft announced last week a new openness philosophy, the first thought that came to mind was, “Well, that’s a switch!.” Considering they’d been fighting tooth and nail against open source competitors for years – I seem to remember Steve Ballmer paying personal visits to mayors in France and Germany to talk them out of Linux – opening up everything to developers was a surprising move.

JPEG May Standardize Microsoft’s HD Photo Format
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The Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) said they would consider Microsoft’s HD Photo file format, tentatively titled JPEG XR, for open standard status. If standardized, Microsoft says the new format will usher in the next generation of digital imaging.