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Surprise: Microsoft is open to an open source Windows… at least, in theory

April 3rd, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Microsoft Windows Open Source Software

Nadella’s Microsoft is more exciting than ever, with impressive Windows 10 features even some other software solutions specifically tailored for rival operating systems. On top of that, Microsoft is making more of its own hardware, including the Xbox One, Surface tablets and Windows Phones. What could Microsoft add to make things even more exciting? An open source version of Windows.

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Sure, it seems like a wild dream for developers, but InfoWorld says the company is no longer opposed to the idea of open source software. Microsoft’s CTO for the Azure cloud platform Mark Russinovich said at the Chef Conf 2015 conference that open source is “no longer taboo” at Redmond, and that Linux accounts for 20% of virtual machines deployed on Azure.

When asked if Windows itself might one day become open source, Russinovich said that “it’s definitely possible. Like I said, it’s a new Microsoft.”

That doesn’t mean you should expect Windows to go open source any time soon, and the company might simply be hunting for even more good publicity ahead of its major software releases coming later this year. But, at the same time, this is one more sign that Microsoft has a completely new leader who’s not afraid to have a different, more exciting business vision than his predecessors.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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