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Microsoft Standards

Microsoft supports many standards promulgated by standards bodies in its products today. We rely upon customer advice emerging from our Interoperability Executive Customer Council and our ongoing community and customer engagement efforts to help us prioritize which standards we should support in releases of our high-volume products (See Interoperability Principles). We also participate actively in standards bodies, contributing to the development of new standards and the improvement of existing standards.

When Microsoft supports key standards in a version of a high-volume product, Microsoft will document for the development community how it supports such standards and how it is working towards broad compatibility and interoperability. These steps are intended to facilitate compatibility for customers in real-world scenarios. Microsoft will also document extensions to a key standard in a high-volume product where such extensions are relevant to interoperability with other implementations of that standard.

Audience

The standards documentation noted above is intended for use in conjunction with publicly available standard specifications, computer language design and implementation art. It assumes that the reader either is familiar with this material or has access to it.

The documentation provides the following levels of audience support:

  • Implementer: Information regarding Microsoft’s implementation of certain key standards in its high-volume products to facilitate interoperability between those implementations and other relevant implementations of such standards.

  • Reviewer: A resource for readers who want to evaluate or get greater understanding of how Microsoft is approaching its implementation of certain key standards in its high-volume products.

Note Note:

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