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Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile

Simon Phipps | April 7, 2014
Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

This is the great value of open source, as well as open data and open standards. Open source licenses give unlimited rights to use the software they cover. No one is counting copies or determining the screen size to check the restrictive license applies. There's no EULA to make sure customers comply with your master's terms. You have complete flexibility, and you didn't have to ask anyone's permission to get it.

In other words, the price doesn't matter that much if the rest of the permission-seeking restrictions apply. The mobile industry is already chafing at the control Apple and Google apply to their respective walled gardens. Even Android -- as open source as seems possible in the current market environment -- is burdened with market mechanisms that manufacturers like Samsung resent and resist. What it needs is more space to innovate, not a first-hit-is-free introduction to a different master.

What's amazing, though, is that new leadership is unleashing a latent desire for change across Microsoft. If this carries on, the world of software is set for a season of disruption. And if Microsoft truly embraces open source collaboration, it could be a trigger for innovation from everyone. Permissionless flexibility is what builds markets today.

Source: InfoWorld


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