Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software firm, will launch several projects around Linux and other open source technologies for allowing Indian customers the option to run its products on different operating systems and technologies.
The initiative, to be rolled out in around a month’s time, is aimed at grabbing “more market share for the Windows platform by allowing interoperability with open source technologies such as Linux,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, director, platform strategy, Microsoft India.
As part of its overall strategy to make Microsoft products operate better with rival operating systems such as Unix and Linux, “the company will be launching the ‘open source’ projects and also establish an ‘interoperability council’ of key customers and academic experts very soon”, said Balakrishnan.
In June last year, Microsoft formed a customer council on interoperability in the US for identifying problems of customers while working with Microsoft products in a non-Microsoft environment. The council will meet twice a year at the company’s Redmond, Seattle headquarters. “It will be a natural progression for us to establish a similar council in India,” said Balakrishnan.
Large Indian enterprises such as the country’s second largest private sector bank HDFC Ltd, which already uses Microsoft software for its server systems, have already started exploring areas to develop more open source, Linux-based applications.