Microsoft also allows MVPs to participate in the Windows CE Shared Source Premium Derivatives Licensing Program, but the company modified the program eligibility criteria a few weeks ago when Windows CE 5.0 was launched to allow any MVP to apply for participation in the CE program. For more on Microsofts decision to share Windows CE source code, click here.That move followed Microsofts decision the month before to make available on SourceForge an internally developed product called the Windows Installer XML. Microsoft has also not ruled out giving its MVPs access to the source code for its Office productivity suite. Earlier this year Jason Matusow, manager of Microsofts Shared Source Program, told eWEEK that giving access to the Office source code is "ultimately a possibility if MVPs come to us and say they want and need it." "A lot of the MVPs are focused on the desktop and productivity applications, so we are willing to walk down that path and look at what that would look like. But its not available today," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Earlier this year, Microsoft also released the source code for its Windows Template Library under the open-source Common Public License and posted it on SourceForge, the open-source code repository. The Windows Template Library (WTL) is a library for developing Windows applications and user interface components. It also extends the Active Template Library (ATL) and provides a set of classes for controls, dialogs, frame windows, GDI objects and more.