We were wrong about open source: Microsoft

    • Microsoft was on the wrong side of history, said president Brad Smith
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 21:01 IST
    Microsoft has changed since 2001. The software giant is not the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world having beaten Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker and others.
    Microsoft has changed since 2001. The software giant is not the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world having beaten Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker and others. (REUTERS)
    Microsoft has changed since 2001. The software giant is not the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world having beaten Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker and others.
    Microsoft has changed since 2001. The software giant is not the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world having beaten Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker and others. (REUTERS)

    After having battled open source and Linu for years while at the height of its “desktop domination”, Microsoft has finally said that they were wrong about open source. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has ‘famously' branded Linux, back in 2001, “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”.

    Microsoft president Brad Smith now believes that they were wrong about open source.

    “Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source exploded at the beginning of the century, and I can say that about me personally,” said Smith in a recent MIT event. Smith has worked at Microsoft for more than 25 years and was “one of the company's senior lawyers during its battles with open-source software”.

    “The good news is that, if life is long enough, you can learn … that you need to change,” added Smith.

    Microsoft has changed since 2001. The software giant is not the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world having beaten Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker and others.

    The company has been adopting open source in recent years, including open-sourcing PowerShell, Visual Studio Code and even Microsoft Edge original - JavaScript engine. Microsoft has also “partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and it acquired Xamarin to aid mobile app development and GitHub to maintain the popular code repository for developers”.

    Microsoft is even “shipping a full Linux kernel in a Windows 10 update that will release later this month, and it moved to the Chromium browser engine for Edge last year”. The company is also “collaborating with open-source communities to create PowerToys for Windows 10, and the company's new open design philosophy may mean we'll see a lot more open-source efforts in Windows in the years to come”.

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    First Published Date: 18 May, 21:33 IST
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