New competition rules for Microsoft approved by the European Commission on Wednesday could be a boon to third-party enterprise content management developers.
Under the new rules, Microsoft will be required to ensure that developers across the software industry, including open source vendors, have access to technical information that allows them to create software that works well with SharePoint and other Microsoft products. Microsoft will also be required to follow new industry standards, and to offer legally-protected warrantees for third parties.
"This is an important day and a major step forward, and we look forward to building a new foundation for the future in Europe," said Microsoft senior vice president and general counsel Brad Smith.
These new rules could increase the number of third-party enterprise content management solutions available for use with Microsoft SharePoint, as software developers take advantage of their newfound access to the company”s technical documentation.
The new resolution came after years of legal battle between Microsoft and European legal authorities. The struggle stemmed from European allegations that Microsoft was pursing anti-competitive business practices by being overly secretive about the technical specifications of its SharePoint software and other products.