Microsoft’s involvement with open source is visible and growing – including sponsoring the Outercurve Foundation, participating in events like Olliance Think Tank, Oscon and OSBC, and hosting hundreds of OSS projects on Codeplex.com, the open source project hosting site. Why is Microsoft interested in OSS?
We recognize the value of openness in working with others — including a variety of open source communities — to help customers and partners succeed in today’s heterogeneous IT environments. This includes increasing opportunities for our business partners to support our joint customers regardless of their underlying development model and for developers to learn and create by combining open source with traditional commercial approaches to software development.
Like many other participants in the OSS ecosystem, Microsoft supports open source communities and projects in order to make our products more accessible, as well as to enable our customers to deploy and manage interoperable solutions in mixed source environments. We have found the most success with open source projects rooted in these principles.
Change and innovation are often driven by customer demand. Many of our customers operate heterogeneous IT environments with commercial proprietary software, commercial open source software and community-based open source software working side-by-side. To support our customers and become a more open, innovative company, we’ve worked hard to make open source an increasingly important part of our DNA. We have a better appreciation today for the open source development model, and we have increased our efforts to explore potential ways in which Microsoft technologies may interoperate with open source solutions.
Our perspective on open source software continues to evolve based on many factors, including our increased technical experience and dialogue with customers, open source companies and open source communities. Events like the Open Source Think Tank present a rich environment for discussion among all of these audiences.
Our participation in the Paris event complements our broad engagement with the OSS communities. Our local market interoperability program lead Alfonso Castro will be on hand at Think Tank. We look forward to participating in the progressive dialogue that always happens both during the event and following the formal event.
See you in Paris!