Open source software and industry: exploring the reality
Open Source Software (OSS) is a movement that the IT industry has subscribed to with great success over many years. Adopting code that is already a standard is the easy part. Contributing to and initiating new software requires sustained commitment and upfront scrutiny of the return on investment. On the technical side, major software companies experience an added level of complexity in OSS involvement in that the software might not match the platforms they build. Virtual machines and browsers can come to the rescue, with varying degrees of efficiency loss. In this talk we shall survey this landscape, present statistics and examples of some of Microsoft Research's OSS tools, explore the challenges, and make some predictions as to where the most exciting industry OSS developments will launch in the future.