Sam Ranji of Microsoft has admitted that he can work with somebody without Windows in his bloodstream. (See: http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-12558-0.html?forumID=1&threadID= 42516&messageID=784926&start=0
What's a little unusual is that all revelation of the relevant protocols will be handled through a third party arrangement. I hope that this is a sign that the 800 lb Gorilla will change its ways and start acting graciously to all of the other players on the Internet. That they will become more open and not so willing to bully the standards committees and other people like its customers!
(the URLS need to be pasted together at the =breakpoint on both of them)
I'm going to take a "wait-and-see" pose on this and see what happens. Nothing tells me that Debbie is going to be replaced by a Windows box any time soon!