Today, governments want to foster healthy economies that generate faster technological innovation. Microsoft is committed to working closely with others to drive collaborative engagements and to stimulate technology innovation.

Interoperability Explained

Watch this simple overview of technical topics related to interoperability and learn more about Microsoft's commitment to this area. Watch the video

More than ever before, we’re providing greater access to Microsoft interoperability protocols and documentation for both commercial and open source developers. This more open approach means organizations will have a choice of technologies that work together. That’s good for customers and good for the IT industry.

Interoperability builds customer choice, drives developer innovation, and grows industry opportunity. That is why Microsoft is committed to advancing interoperability through products, technology access, community collaboration, and standards.


Interoperability builds choice, so governments, developers, and citizens can decide what technologies work best for them. At Microsoft, we design our products to work with third-party software, as well as our own.


Interoperability drives innovation within a thriving IT industry, creating technologies that improve citizen services and government efficiency. Governments and businesses alike are looking to new technologies, like cloud services, to enable innovative offerings. 


When the IT community collaborates and develops new technologies that work together, new opportunities are created. Companies across the IT sector are working with partners, customers, and competitors to deliver the levels of interoperability that government organizations want.

Interoperability for governments​

Microsoft solutions help you transform your government organization by:

  • Giving government workers powerful ways to deliver their work - from varied locations across a broad variety of devices.

  • Reducing the silos between government workers and the tools to perform their jobs.

  • Increasing the ability to collaborate on case information across multiple departments.

  • Allowing government workers to stay focused on the business of government - not the business of IT - with simple, easy-to-use solutions.