Microsoft Sets Up a Company to Work on Open Source Software

The long-time open source foe is now embracing its former enemy.

The Inquirer: Microsoft has taken another step to embrace the open source community by setting up a separate company to work on open source projects. Called "Microsoft Open Technology," the new business will focus on HTML5, HTTP 2.0, MongoDB, Node.js, and "open source building blocks" for interoperable cloud services.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once famously called Linux a "cancer." Now Jean Paoli, the new president of Microsoft Open Technology, writes, "It is important to note that Microsoft and our business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations."

Tags: open source, Microsoft, Microsoft Open Technology

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