Microsoft (opens in new tab) has been forced, by the European Commission, into signing a deal with the group behind Samba, an open source server software.
The deal aims at improving collaboration between Microsoft's Windows platform and other competing ones such as Linux.
Back in 2004, the European Commission ruled that Microsoft should provide its competitors with data to help rivals build protocols which help users from different platform access and share information.
Andrew Tridgell, the Creator of Samba said that "The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows".
Microsoft was equally pleased saying that the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation, which is behind Samba, has chosen to take a license which will provide Samba with access to their specifications for the Windows protocols.The software company lost its appeal against that decision on the 17th of September 2007
Samba is not allowed to release the documentation, for which it has paid 10000 Euros, in the public domain.