Saturday, July 26, 2008

Microsoft Funds ASF

It finally happened I should say... Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it would be contributing $100K to the Apache Software Foundation. John Fontana also adds that Microsoft even made there first code contribution to the ASF, which is a remarkable achievement in terms of Open Source and Proprietary software collaboration.

Well if you can't imagine this read Paul's post which relates a number of interesting articles which better explains the move. I was lucky to witness the Tech.Ed presentation made by Jonathan Marsh which was probably one of the greatest achievements Open Source has ever made within the MS domain, which described the power of the WSO2's stack of software projects that enables an unmatched SOA experience.

Just a bit more than 1 1/2 months from that day, I'm wondering did WSO2 influence Microsoft to march its way towards the ASF? Well, what ever the reason behind the choice made by Microsoft, it is good news for everybody. Microsoft even has made other initiatives in making software free such as codeplex, live, and dreamspark. We believe that other giants in the industry will also mark their presence in the Open Source arena in days to come.

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