& cplSiteName &

Microsoft's Closed Push?

Dan Jones

5:00 PM -- Here's an interesting twist on the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) direct push security story I wrote yesterday. (See Microsoft's Push Security Problems.) I've been speaking to another vendor that both competes against and works with Microsoft's software in the mobile field and they suggest that part of the issue is that Redmond won't open up its APIs (code links) so that third-party vendors can write to its formats.

Now, I'm not big on Microsoft conspiracy theories, but it does seem that this could be part of a larger, behavioral pattern on Redmond's part. If you click on over to our sister security site Dark Reading you'll see that security vendors have been complaining for a while about getting limited access to the security kernel of Microsoft's new Vista desktop OS. (See Symantec Spurns Microsoft’s Vista Security Proposal and Microsoft's Vista Changes Could Backfire on Disgruntled Rivals.) In fact, Microsoft eventually agreed to open up the kernel just a little earlier this month. (See Microsoft Opening Up Vista Kernel to Security Vendors.)

Now it appears that something similar could be happening on the mobile side of the house. If so, I have to say it's probably not the greatest idea ever. In fact, it may just encourage mobile users to stick with what they know, which would be the BlackBerry email server.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Related Stories
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
More Blogs from Jonestown
Amazon, Apple and Google come to a connected home deal, carriers not invited!
Amazon readies its low-power protocol Sidewalk for long-term IoT and smart home projects.
The iPhone 11 is carrying an ultra wideband (UWB) chip that has its supporters excited about new applications.
The real impact of low-band 5G? It will work better indoors!
Verizon has led the way with early high-band, millimeter-wave 5G, but the carrier faces lots of questions about how it can deploy 5G on low- or mid-band frequencies nationwide next year.
Featured Video
Upcoming Live Events
March 16-18, 2020, Embassy Suites, Denver, Colorado
April 20, 2020, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 18-20, 2020, Irving Convention Center, Dallas, TX
May 18, 2020, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Irving, Texas
September 15-16, 2020, The Westin Westminster, Denver
All Upcoming Live Events
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Archive
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
Challenges & Key Issues of Constructing 'MEC-Ready' 5G Bearer Networks for Carriers
By Dr. Song Jun, Senior Solution Architect, Huawei Datacom Product Line
Good Measures for 5G Service Assurance
By Tomer Ilan, Senior Director of Product Management, RADCOM
Automation Scores Against Operational Costs – The Business Benefits of Automation and Orchestration
By John Malzahn, Senior Manager, Service Provider Product Marketing, Cisco Systems
All Partner Perspectives