Microsoft and Open Source

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Microsoft just unveiled a new web property intended to clarify its position on Open Source as well as provide a one-stop location to find out what Microsoft is doing in the Open Source space.

Despite all the (perhaps well deserved) criticism of how Microsoft has not supported Open Source in the past, I think the behemoth is slowly starting to get it. Or at least groups within Microsoft are starting to see that if they don’t embrace Open Source, Microsoft will get left behind, much like they did for a while with the web revolution. Embracing Open Source makes good long term business sense for Microsoft.

As a big company, Microsoft moves slowly, but there are concrete signs of progress.

  • The Ms-PL License (Microsoft Permissive License)
  • The introduction of CodePlex
  • Port25, the Open Source Software Lab (ugly site, but chock full of info)
  • Sam Ramji, whose official title is Director of Platform Technology Strategy but is for all intents and purposes, the Director of Open Source at Microsoft and heads the Open Source Lab there.
  • Garret Serack who holds the title Open Source Community Lead at Microsoft.
  • And various informal shows of support.

Sure, there is much more to do and I’m sure many will remain skeptical and wary of Microsoft’s slow movement into this area. However, I see the signs of progress and believe there will be bigger things to come.

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    Josh July 26th, 2007

    Do you mean Codeplex instead of Codeproject?

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    Josh Stodola July 26th, 2007

    This is a good sign, indeed!

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    Haacked July 26th, 2007

    @Josh - Indeed! I've corrected the link.

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    Loosely Coupled Human Code Fac July 26th, 2007

    I was catching up recently on blog entries and these tidbits stuck out at me as important!<br /><br />...

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    Lamby July 26th, 2007

    Great, an "Open Source" advocacy site which uses Flash as it's primary navigational device.

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    Sean Chambers July 29th, 2007

    Phil,
    I am glad to see alot of these things come to light from Microsoft. As you stated, people will skeptical about this or that, but in general at this moment in time, it is good to some gears turning even if it's not yet the whole deal.

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    Community Blogs October 5th, 2007

    I think Miguel de Icaza nails it regarding some of the FUD being written about Microsoft’s latest move

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    you've been HAACKED October 26th, 2007

    Mr Subsonic Joins Microsoft