People trying to get a sense for Microsoft's direction will be listening closely in the coming months to Ray Ozzie, who has assumed the role of chief software architect in advance of Bill Gates ending his full-time role. In Seattle this morning, Ozzie spoke on a variety of topics at the annual conference of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals, outside experts on the company's products. Among other things, he was asked for his view on the key issue of open-source software.
Excerpts from his comments:
My position toward open source generally is that it's a part of the environment. It's very useful for developers to be able to get the source code to certain things, to modify them. Microsoft fundamentally, as a whole, has changed dramatically as a result of open-source as people have been using it more and more. The nature of interoperability between our systems and other systems has increased. I can tell you from an inside perspective ... when you build a new product, immediately you start thinking, how shall this product expose its APIs. [...]
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