The magic word driving Microsoft open source strategy

The magic word driving Microsoft open source strategy

Summary: Microsoft had a French member of the Eclipse Foundation do a community port to the Macintosh platform. Open source becomes a tool toward achieving universality and ubiquity.

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Marketplace.

It's a good word for hard times.

The implication is that, while open source may be cool and wonderful, aligning with Microsoft can make you some money.

As Max Bialystock said, "Money is honey."

All this came out during the company's MIX 09 event, at which the launch of IE 8 was supposed to be the headline.

Instead the new browser was lost in a larger code dump, as described by TechRepublic's Justin James, while the real action was taking place at Microsoft's Web App Gallery, an effort to marry Microsoft with commercial open source development.

Evidence is the inclusion of Acquia's Drupal release in the Web Platform Installer of Microsoft IIS Web servers. Drupal is good software, Acquia is a good company, but Acquia Drupal is a .com, not a .org. commercial release, not a community edition.

NOTE: I misspoke in the original story, and it took two notes from friends to get this correction into my head. It's the community edition at Acquia.com, the free software, that is being offered, not the commercial release. Microsoft chose the community edition of Acquia over the community version of Drupal. My apologies.

Or take the new Silverlight, which also premiered at Mix. Microsoft had a French member of the Eclipse Foundation do a community port to the Macintosh platform. Open source becomes a tool toward achieving universality and ubiquity.

The positioning is clever. Now will open source developers buy it?

Topics: Microsoft, CXO, Open Source

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  • The poison chalice.

    No, we won't be drinking from that.
    Amelioration
    • There is a Fox (Microsoft) trying again to get into

      the Linux hen house, beware he (Microsoft) will eat you for lunch given the chance and don't ever for get it :-(
      Over and Out
  • IBM Got Into Bed With Microsoft To Develop OS2

    If I recall correctly, Microsoft screwed over IBM and stuck the knife so deep that IBM has still not forgotten it.

    Beware the back stabbing thieves from Microsoft. They will betray you and leave you for dead.
    sismoc