While we support the open source community in a number of ways one natural way for us to do so is by helping increase the adoption of SSL within. We believe this effort will do more than help the developers and users of those projects, we believe it has the potential to encourage adoption of industry best practices in the adoption of SSL.
I decided to summarize a few points I learned so far in this job during last 8 months. This may sound like the the way things work are crappy, it is not. I learned that one will see this sort of problems in all large scale companies. Most of them are not specific to Microsoft at all.
While atrocities like table-based layouts are quickly becoming a thing of the past, other old habits have chosen not to go as peacefully. One that has managed to stick around for some time is user-agent sniffing; the practice of inferring a browser’s abilities by reading an identification token.
As my modest contribution to developer-kind, I’ve collected together the statistical formulas that I find to be most useful; this page presents them all in one place, a sort of statistical cheat-sheet for the practicing programmer.