Michaela Kraft, Open Source Strategy Lead Western Europe for Microsoft, notes that the Redmond company is doing nothing more than tailor itself to customers. The overall trend is for people to embrace a variety of digital technologies, software and devices, spawned by a variety of sources. Microsoft's own evolution means that the giant needed to adapt to this trend, while remaining a proprietary software company at heart.
"Microsoft is open to open source technology," Kraft revealed, sharing a few statistics indicative of the software giant embracing open source.
"More than 350,000 open source apps run on Microsoft platforms. That is 82% of the apps available online in the public community repositories ("source forges") that open source developers use to distribute software."
One example of Microsoft supporting open source involve contributions made to the "good old" Windows-killer, Linux.