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Microsoft Platforms Chief Talks Co-opetition With Open Source

Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy at Microsoft, explains the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant’s changing views on open source and its work with partners such as JBoss and Sugar CRM in an interview with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney at LinuxWorld Expo.

CRN: Microsoft seems to be changing its tune on open-source software and is working with JBoss and SugarCRM. Will Microsoft support more open-source projects?

HILF: Yes. It's not so much of a change. If you take the open source out of the open-source world, it's standard practice for Microsoft to work with partners. We've worked with Oracle, SAP and other partners.

CRN: But in the past, Microsoft was critical of the open-source model. Why the shift?

HILF: It wasn't a big switch. It's part of the maturing of Microsoft. It’s not about how people develop and license their software, or if they want to give their software away. We look at it from a pure opportunity standpoint.

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