Microsoft admits to be wrong about open-source

After being critical about open source and Linux, Microsoft finally embraced the system in 2012. In fact, former CEO Steve Ballmer deemed it as ‘cancerous’ back in 2001.

However, the company gave in to the rapidly growing popularity of Linux and adapted it to its full potential.

And today, the company’s president openly admits at a recent MIT event that they were on the wrong side of history when the open-source trend initiated. Luckily, the company changed its protocols and is now one of the biggest contributor to the open-source projects in the world – surpassing Facebook, Google, Apache, Docker, and many others.

It is also partnering with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10 and acquired Xamarian to aid mobile app development while Github is responsible for code repository for developers.

The company has gradually integrated open source in many of its software in recent years. It is even shipping a full Linux kernel in a Windows 10 update is expected to release this month.

Moreover, Microsoft is partnering with open-source communities to create Power Toys for Windows 10. And if the company continues to follow a similar pattern – we can expect to see more efforts related to open-source by the multinational technological company.

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