Microsoft joins "Open Source Community"

If you can't beat them, join them? That may well be Microsoft's mantra, as it joins the open source community today with the blessing of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). After weighing the software giant's license terms against 10 criteria defined by the Open Source Definition, the OSI said it approved the the Microsoft Public […]

If you can't beat them, join them? That may well be Microsoft's mantra, as it joins the open source community today with the blessing of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

After weighing the software giant's license terms against 10 criteria defined by the Open Source Definition, the OSI said it approved the the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL).

"Is this the beginning of the end? Or is this the end of the beginning?" Michael Tiemann, vice president of open source affairs at Red Hat and president of the OSI, wrote in a blog post. "I know that the eyes of the technology world will be on the OSI and on Microsoft to see what happens next.

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