After burning bridges, Microsoft opens eyes and finally declares love for open source software


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.