Microsoft to open up 'M'

App modelling language freed

Microsoft has opted to open up its planned "M" application modelling language via the company's OSP (Open Specification Promise).

The company will offer up parts of M via OSP, says Steve Martin, senior director of product management for the Microsoft Connected Systems Division.

With OSP, Microsoft promises not to assert legal rights over patents on implementations of affected technologies. M is part of the company's Oslo platform for software modelling.

A Microsoft official revealed the plan in a blog entry last week. Specifically, the M language specification, including MSchema, MGrammar, and MGraph, will be published under OPS, said Sam Ramji, Microsoft senior director of platform strategy.

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