@Microsoft President Personally Believes They “We Were Wrong About Open Source”

New York (The Verge) — Microsoft: we were wrong about open source theverge.com/2020/5/18/2126….

Microsoft is reflecting on how it was on the wrong side of history with its Linux and open-source battles in the early 2000s. Former CEO Steve Ballmer once branded Linux “a cancer,” but Microsoft has been embracing and adopting open source in recent years.

Microsoft president Brad Smith now believes the company was wrong about open source. “Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source exploded at the beginning of the century, and I can say that about me personally,” said Smith in a recent MIT event. Smith has been at Microsoft for more than 25 years and was one of the company’s senior lawyers during its battles with open-source software.

Microsoft has gradually been adopting open source in recent years, including open-sourcing PowerShell, Visual Studio Code, and even Microsoft Edge’s original JavaScript engine. Microsoft has also partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and it acquired Xamarinto aid mobile app development and GitHub to maintain the popular code repository for developers.

Microsoft is even shipping a full Linux kernel in a Windows 10 update that will release later this month, and it moved to the Chromium browser engine for Edge last year. Microsoft is also collaborating with open-source communities to create PowerToys for Windows 10, and the company’s new open design philosophymay mean we’ll see a lot more open-source efforts in Windows in the years to come. Tom Warren/@verge

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