The next step for Microsoft toward openness apparently is an interoperability lab in the Philippines, according to GMANews.tv. The open source interoperability lab will reside at the National Computer Center in Quezon City and it will be open to a wide variety of groups, from students to businesses to user groups.
The company has a similar lab in Brazil, the story says, where developers work to ensure Microsoft products support the Open Document Format. Those developers also "collaborate with non-profit open source projects."
The NCC's director general, Tim Diaz de Rivera, says:
The interoperability lab is essential to the industry in that it encourages IT professionals and enthusiasts to explore the possibility of interoperable technology. This will be a good venue for them to be creative and imaginative, and to explore technology without boundaries.