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Microsoft and open source become better friends

2006 is definitely the year that Microsoft came to know open source better. Whether it is deliberate or not, there has been a marked warming of their relations with the open source community.

More interestingly, it seems that it is a bottom up movement rather than vice-versa. Eweek explores the issue in an article called "Can Windows and Open Source Learn to Play Nice?" (opens in new tab)

Bob Muglia, a senior VP at Microsoft, utters phrases that would surprise even the most anti-Microsofters around.

The amount of flattering that takes place is quite unconventional and unusual from a company like Microsoft that many, like IBM, have qualified as 'arrogant' (opens in new tab).

Bob Muglia pointed out to the newly opened Microsoft Linux and open source labs that tries to build more bridges between the two entities and the fact that Open source technology were included in the latest Windows Compute Cluster Server, something that went unnoticed by many.

2006 is not over and I would not be surprised if Microsoft announces more open source projects before Halloween.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.