Microsoft embraces the Dark side, collaborates wih Eclipse

Microsoft is continuing to build bridges with the open source community as it seeks to collaborate with the Eclipse foundation to build Java applications for Windows Vista.

This comes after Microsoft launched a document interoperability initiative on the 7th March 2008 in a bid to expand opportunities for developres, partners and ahem... the competition.

The announcement yesterday that Microsoft will provide engineering support to allow the Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) use Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is just a few steps short of Microsoft joining the IBM-backed Open Source Eclipse foundation.

A post by Sam Ramji, director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, on Port25's blog - Microsoft dedicated Open source Community, indicates that Microsoft knows that it makes sense to enable Java on Windows and that there will be more to come from the conversations that Eclipse and Microsoft have begun.

Microsoft and Eclipse will also be collaborating on Identity Management by linking Eclipse's Higgins Project with Microsoft's CardSpace technology.