Microsoft to open website to get feedback on open source

By Justin Mann on April 7, 2006, 2:20 PM
We're now hearing more about Microsoft embracing open-source and Linux, with soon the launching of a website that will get feedback from existing customers who use both Microsoft and open-source solutions. Then again, that seems exactly like gathering intelligence. Microsoft does just more than keep its enemies close, employing hundreds of Linux-based servers themselves to see how software fares in real world environments, performing benchmarks and analysis and checking interoperability. .

Many companies employ software from various camps, which will always be true, so it is Microsoft's interest to make sure they can work with other companies. Is this good? Is this bad? Hard to say.

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Phantasm66 said:
Hey maybe there will be a Microsoft Linux.
lordbf1 said:
wow never thought of that. kind of sounds scarry! for now i will stick with my suse and ubuntu linux.\lordbf1
Phantasm66 said:
Hey, stranger things have happened.
Spike said:
lol. I can see the catchphrase now."There's Linux, and then there's Microsoft Linux."
AeonXX said:
Microsoft Linux? That would never work. Microsoft is being threatened by open source obviously.
auxlepli said:
I agree AeonXX. M$ feels threatened. So more extend, embrace, extinquish policy by M$ IMO.
ThomasNews said:
Well, their sites (Hotmail, etc) were running on Apache until sometime last year. So they'll use open-source where it makes sense ;) They've switched to Windows Server now though of course. But still, it's taken this long to make the switch.
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