We love open source.
These are the words of Jean Paoli, general manager of Microsoft’s interoperability strategy team. If it’s true, Microsoft has come a long way since 2001, when the company’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, described Linux as a “cancer” that threatened his Microsoft’s intellectual property.
In fact, even in 2007 Microsoft was hatin’: the software giant accused Linux, as well as other open source providers, of violating more than 200 Microsoft patents.
Microsoft has admitted its mistakes, and it takes a real man—or company—to do so. Now they need to act on it, which Jean said is a reality, as the company is committed to open standards, and is involved in open data projects. We’ll see where it takes them.