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Would Microsoft ever open-source Windows?

Katherine Noyes | April 6, 2015
Once upon a time not so very long ago, Microsoft was widely considered the very antithesis of open-source software. Steve Ballmer called Linux "a cancer," and Bill Gates shared similar views about the open-source philosophy in general.

Even at the high end, however, as Microsoft moves its customers to a service model through Azure, it becomes less important to monetize the Windows software directly, Gillen noted.

"Microsoft's revenue increasingly comes from the compute services rather than licensing software, and by selling a wide collection of related services such as Office 365, OneDrive, Bing, etc.," he said. "So would it make sense to open-source Windows in, maybe, 10 years? Quite possibly."

 

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