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Microsoft Acknowledges Open Source Is Mainstream

2:42 pm on Oct 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Acknowledges Open Source [news.cnet.com]Is Mainstream
Microsoft just announced the obvious: open source is an increasingly critical (and common) component of software today, including proprietary software. The open-source software in question is jQuery, an excellent open-source javascript library that Microsoft will be including in its Visual Studio application development platform.

Of course, this has always been the case at Microsoft, what with MSN Messenger and other products incorporating open-source components for years, but this is perhaps the first time that Microsoft has publicly welcomed open source as part of its software infrastructure, and has shown a desire to contribute back to existing communities. Microsoft's Scott Hanselman enthusiastically acknowledges the inclusion of jQuery:

...[W]e're using jQuery just as it is. It's Open Source, and we'll use it and ship it via its MIT license, unchanged. If there's changes we want, we'll submit a patch just like anyone else. JQuery will also have full support from PSS (Product Support Services) like any other Microsoft product, starting later this year. Folks have said Microsoft would never include Open Source in the platform, I'm hoping this move is representative of a bright future.

6:46 pm on Oct 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think it is very much in Microsoft's interest to accept what is already pretty well known. For ages I have seen MS as a company pretty much in denial. Firefox for example is one piece of software that can make great gains into the mainstream user, not just the techy users amungst us.

In the server market MS have been loosing in terms of saturation for years, Apache is by far the most used http server.

Microsoft have recently done a very brave thing by providing funding to the Apache foundation. You may think why?, but lets face it, Apache runs just as well on Windows as IIS or Windows server. I think MS need to keep their base. In this case the base is the operating system.

The desktop OS market is where MS can't aford to loose.


7:01 pm on Oct 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just in terms of Apache vs IIS, Netcraft put the numbers at about 54% Apache, 34% IIS, so it's no one-horse race.