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Open Specifications Community

Welcome to the Microsoft Open Specifications developers' home on MSDN.

Open Specifications MVPs

Mike Walsh
I maintain the two Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) FAQ sites ( wssfaq and wss.collutions.com) which both started off as a single weekly text (FAQ) message to the SharePoint Team Services newsgroup. I am also active in the SharePoint newsgroups (some would say "too active").
My main challenge at the moment is keeping those WSS FAQ sites up-to-date with FAQ items and links to other items on WSSv3 and the other 2007 products.

Additional blog posts from Mike Walsh are available at mindsharpblogs.com/MikeW.
Andrew Woodward
I have been a SharePoint Consultant since Tahoe. Now Principal Consultant at 21apps, a small consultancy with an emphasis on providing community support and expert consultancy around the expanding MOSS 2007 platform. I am a regular trainer covering SharePoint development and BI for Combined Knowledge. My work has over the past few years been focused in the Education arena. I am currently implementing agile development techniques whilst developing an educational application based on SharePoint, the SharePoint Learning Kit and delivered through Silverlight UI.

Open Specifications Community

Dmitry Streblechenko
Dmitry has written several development tools for Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office. They are available at http://www.dimastr.com/. He is active on the Outlook forums.

Featured Moderators

Bill Wesse
I joined Microsoft in December of 1984 and I’ve spent most of the last 24 years in Customer Service and Support. It has been exciting to see the organization grow from less than 40 people to its current size. I also spent several years working in IT, managing the Charlotte support site phone and network infrastructure. For the last 10+ years, I have been an Escalation Engineer in Global Shared Services. My current position is on the Open Specifications Documentation Support Team.

Obaid Farooqi
Obaid Farooqi is a Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the Open Specification Documentation Support Team. Obaid has experience in network protocols. Obaid is getting up to speed on Microsoft Protocols like SMB and SMB2. Obaid joined Microsoft in 2008.

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Open Specifications Forums

Office XML, ODF, and Binary File Formats
Discuss technical content and implementation of the Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, .pst, etc.), the Open XML file formats (ISO/IEC 29500)(.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.), the ODF 1.1 standard, and the Open Packaging Conventions APIs (ISO/IEC 29500-2). For questions about the Open XML format itself, visit the forums on OpenXMLDeveloper.org.

Office Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of the Office protocols described in the Open Specifications.

Exchange Server Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of the Exchange Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.

SharePoint Server Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of the SharePoint Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.

 

SQL Server Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of the SQL Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.

Windows File Sharing Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of Server Message Block (SMB) protocols described in the Open Specifications.

Windows Protocols
Discuss technical content and implementation of the Windows (including .NET Framework) protocols described in the Open Specifications.

Open Specifications Questions
Discuss technical content and implementation of the Open Specifications documents, their organization, language conventions, references, and interoperability scenarios.

 

Plugfest Information

Plugfests occur regularly and cover a number of topics relevant to companies implementing the Microsoft Open Specifications. Plugfests include interoperability testing of the attendee's own systems implementation with the relevant Microsoft products. Participants can expect the following:

  • A hands-on event where attendees can test their implementations against Microsoft products, run protocol test suites against their implementations, and compare protocol behavior to similar Microsoft products.
  • Group presentations by members of the Microsoft product development teams.
  • Opportunities for both general Q & A and 1:1 sessions with development team members.
  • Technical support personnel available to assist.

Plugfests are open to anyone interested in attending. The schedule of upcoming plugfests is available here. For more information about plugfests or to register for an upcoming plugfest, please email the Microsoft Open Specifications team at protocol@microsoft.com.