Microsoft's first iPhone application is broken, but the company is fixed

Microsoft released a broken iPhone application, but this obscures the larger picture: Microsoft is opening up to rival platforms.

It's very cool that Microsoft recognized the obvious : the iPhone, not Windows Mobile, is the leading mobile platform, and hence is the right place to release its Seadragon Mobile application.

Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't take the time to ensure it released a stable version of the application. As revealed on support forums on Sunday, Seadragon Mobile is broken. As The Register reports, this isn't the first time that the Microsoft Live Labs team has released a broken application.

Even so, I'm encouraged that Microsoft is interacting with competing platforms at all. It's a sign of a growing maturity in Redmond. It has become more open to open source . It's nice to see it moving its applications beyond Windows, as well.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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