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Microsoft's Ballmer Has (Some) Nice Words For Open Source

Here's a news flash: Steve Ballmer has some good things to say about the open-source model.

"There are some advantages to [it]. You can peek through the door if you can't figure out how something works," the Microsoft CEO told a few hundred association executives gathered in Washington Thursday morning.

But Ballmer quickly returned to Microsoft's message that "integrated innovation" leads to lower cost of ownership and less complex computing.

He sought to dispel the notion that integrated innovation means closed systems or vendor lock-in, a common contention of rivals ranging from new partner Sun Microsystems to old partner and competitor IBM.

"Is integrated innovation the enemy of interoperability? No. The fact that something is integrated doesn't mean it can't talk to the rest of the world," he noted.

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