This is one story that I wasn’t expecting to see today. BetaNews is reporting that Microsoft has invited the Mozilla developers to come up to Redmond in hopes of making Firefox and Thunderbird fully compatible with Vista.
At first I had to sit and think about who would benefit the most…and it would be about equal in my opinion. Microsoft would obviously benefit because there are a lot of people who fear a lack of program compatibility in Vista. That isn’t really Microsoft’s fault because they are just trying to create a better operating system and a more friendly user experience. However, it does also cause a lot of stress for the developers who’s applications don’t work properly.
Eventually complete program compatibility will come around but it is great to see Microsoft lending a hand. Sam Ramji (Director of the Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft) did a good job explaining their intentions:
In the past the company has only invited commercial software developers to these labs. I’m committed to evolving our thinking beyond commercial companies to include open source projects, so I went to the non-trivial effort of getting slots for non-commercial open source projects
I hope that Mozilla takes them up on their offer because it couldn’t hurt anything to get an insider’s view on possible compatibility issues.