Microsoft’s Dual Personality - Let’s Hope the Open Side Wins

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TechCrunch’s Duncan Riley published an interesting post on the emergence of a dual personality at Microsoft. He describes it as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The reason that this is important for open source and Linux is because Microsoft is starting to recognize the world is shifting to one where “open” is a criteria for success; re: Wikipedia, Google, Linux, Flickr, Second Life, MySpace, InnoCentive, Human Genome Project, YouTube and more. There are people in the company that understand Microsoft is late in harnessing the incredible power of collaborative innovation. Let’s hope that the vanguards inside of Microsoft are successful in helping the company learn something we here at the Linux Foundation have known for a long time. We can all benefit from a more open more transparent Microsoft.