Microsoft has left the discussion.
The vaunted open source blog of Jason Matusow has not been updated since May 24. And Robert Scoble, the firm's most recognized blogger, has left for a start-up. He leaves at the end of the month, but his blog has already moved.
Is it wise for Microsoft to leave the discussion, and return to its top-down ways, just as open source is heating up?
Even with the presence of Matusow and Scoble Microsoft had little support in the open source world, so in some ways it doesn't matter. At some point you are what you are, and Microsoft will never be an open source company. It's too old, has too much history, and has been too successful in the closed-source world for that.
Besides, you figure, the hottest company in tech right now is Apple, a closed-source company. Where is the upside? Doesn't engaging in open source discussion just reflect weakness? You ever seen an Apple exec blogging?
My view is that Microsoft was never going to give more than lip service to openness, so why bother? If all you're going to pay me is lip service, frankly, I'm happy to decline the honor.