Microsoft has announced that it has set up a subsidiary company, Microsoft Open Technologies, to further engage with the world of open standards and open source.
Heading up this new outfit is President Jean Paoli, who is bringing across his Interoperability Strategy team to form the core of the company.
Paoli notes that Microsoft already engages with open source on many fronts, and thousands of open standards are supported by MS, such as Linux, Hadoop, MongoDB and Drupal.
He promises that Microsoft will continue to push forward with open source, and relating communities, in a number of ways, with Microsoft Open Technologies representing the Redmond-based firm's commitment to this.
Paoli stated: "The subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft's proprietary development processes and the company's open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and open standards communities."
He added: "This structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source worlds."
An interesting development indeed. Microsoft has come a long way in embracing open source in recent times - and in many ways, this subsidiary is an acknowledgment of the power of open source in the contemporary tech world.