There was a pretty big announcement from Microsoft yesterday: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability.
To quote Steve Ballmer:
Number one, we're committing to ensure open connections for our high volume products. Number two, we're committing to promote data portability for our high volume products. Number three, we're committing to enhancing Microsoft's support for industry standards. And four, we're committing to fostering a more open engagement with industry, as well as the open source software community.
Andy's Guestimate du jour: This will likely impact database development. I'm interested in your thoughts: What do you think?