Microsoft's Love-Hate Relationship with Open Source
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In its efforts to become pro-open source, Microsoft not only started increasingly hosting open source projects of its own but also developed major parts of its web infrastructure in the open. The case highlights Microsoft's open source initiatives which included contribution and support to various open source projects and environments. The case also discusses the opinions of industry analysts regarding Microsoft's foray into open source and whether the software giant would be able to change and integrate into a community with which it had never been friendly. The case concludes by discussing how Microsoft needs to enhance its commitment towards open source in order to gain a competitive advantage in the software industry. This case is aimed at MBA/MS level students as part of the Information Technology and Systems curriculum.
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