Monday, May 07, 2001

Microsoft Wants To Have It's Cake And Eat It Too

Microsoft wants the benefits of open source software ... but without the openness. Microsoft insists on owning and controlling it's code, but also wants developers to report bugs, suggest improvements and write new, compatible products.

How does Microsoft intend to square this circle? Enter Shared Source, a software development model that combines the vast feedback network of open source with the profit-driven mind-set of closed source. The strategy was introduced on Thursday by senior vice president Craig Mundie, who also delivered a scathing and rather philistine commentary on the open source model. Obviously, Microsoft is feeling the heat. Will the Shared Source model help stem the growing popularity of open source software?
contributed by mscherb (May 4, 2001 3:52 pm EST)

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