Bill Hilf: Open Source at Microsoft
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I recently caught up with Microsoft's general manager for competitive strategy, Bill Hilf (you've
seen him before on Channel 9), to talk about, what else, open source software and Microsoft's position on it. Sure, we have shared source, etc, but what is Microsoft doing in the open source software space? Why do we
have an open source lab, what's going on there, and what was Mozilla doing there recently???
Bill and team have a lot of respect for Channel 9 and created an off-shoot that targets the open source community, called Port 25 (http://port25.technet.com/). What is Port 25 and why?
We also cover the questions: Why don't we produce open source software at Microsoft? Why don't we not "open source" products like Office?
This is a very frank, honest and fun conversation sans marketing hyperbole, which is why we love talking to Bill!