Microsoft created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as “Microsoft Open Technologies Inc.,” to advance the company’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source.
The new group will be headed by Jean Paoli, who is currently the general manager of the team, and comprises of about 50 to 75 full-time and part-time employees and contractors. A board consisting of Microsoft managers from other business units will oversee the new entity.
Paoli in a Microsoft Port 25 blog post writes, “This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and open standards communities.”
He said the new structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source worlds.
“The (Open Technologies) subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and open standards communities,” said Paoli.
He also emphasized that Microsoft and other business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations.
Microsoft Open Technologies is further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities.