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Microsoft is serious about open source: 10 proof points

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Microsoft is increasingly warming to open source. Not only is the company increasingly publishing open-source projects of its own, it’s also developing major parts of its web/cloud infrastructure in the open and is also supporting a variety of external open-source projects. This is great news, but it’s taken a long time and a considerable amount of hard work and damage-repair to make it happen.

Microsoft’s stance on open source began to thaw during the 2000’s as the company grew-up and learned more about open source and how it can significantly benefit all of us.

I thought it would be constructive to share examples that illustrate that Microsoft (and its ecosystem) are serious about mending fences, supporting external open-source projects and opening up development teams and projects. Here’s my top 10 list:

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MS seriously?

Mary Jo Foley's take on MS' venture into open source is all about a turn-a-round, when it is all the same, "open" only when it opens the cash drawer for MS. (Which is not a bash against Free and Open Source Software, because there isn't anything in FOSS against making money.) What is sad is defender's like Foley are "gee-whiz excited" about something MS has been fighting for decades. Some people support FOSS to build it, some support FOSS just for their own bottom line! (and I'm looking at you, too, Google! Where is Google Drive for Linux? Sketchup for Linux? etc)

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