In a move that may cause shock, confusion, or no emotional change in the open source community, Microsoft has announced that today they’re opening a subsidiary called Microsoft Open Technologies. The new company will focus on open source projects, interoperability initiatives, as well as working with open source standards groups.
Speaking with GeekWire, Microsoft Executive Jean Paoli talked about how the new company will help Microsoft technology work better with everything else. “We believe that the subsidiary will provide a new way of engaging with open-source communities in a more clearly defined manner”, he added.
Paoli will be the president of the new company, with the aim being that working outside of normal Microsoft environment will allow the subsidiary to work much faster on and with open source technologies. This work will then funnel back into Microsoft.
As we recently reported, the Linux Foundations contributor survey pegged Microsoft in the top 20 businesses contributing to the Linux Kernel. Microsoft’s continued attention to Linux and open source is a clear indicator that they cannot be ignored in today’s marketplace.
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