After burning bridges, Microsoft opens eyes and finally declares love for open source software

by Knowlton Thomas


We love open source.

These are the words of Jean Paoli, general manager of Microsoft’s interoperability strategy team. If it's true, Microsoft has come a long way since 2001, when the company’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, described Linux as a “cancer” that threatened his Microsoft's intellectual property.

In fact, even in 2007 Microsoft was hatin': the software giant accused Linux, as well as other open source providers, of violating more than 200 Microsoft patents.

Microsoft has admitted its mistakes, and it takes a real man—or company—to do so. Now they need to act on it, which Jean said is a reality, as the company is committed to open standards, and is involved in open data projects. We'll see where it takes them.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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