Microsoft Pulls Open-Source Unit Back Into the Fold
Microsoft announced it is dissolving its MS Open Tech open-source unit, claiming the company has met its goals and is on the right track.Microsoft has closed its MS Open Tech subsidiary to bring the staff back into the Microsoft fold. In a blog post, Jean Paoli, president of MS Open Tech, said Microsoft was subsuming his unit back into the company because it had completed its goal of bringing open source front and center at the parent company. "Today, MS Open Tech has reached its key goals, and open source technologies and engineering practices are rapidly becoming mainstream across Microsoft," Paoli said. "It's now time for MS Open Tech to rejoin Microsoft Corp., and help the company take its next steps in deepening its engagement with open source and open standards." Microsoft launched MS Open Tech in 2012 to advance the company's investment in openness, including interoperability, open standards and open source. At the time, Paoli said the new subsidiary represented a long-term commitment to open source at Microsoft. The unit announced its first deliverable, Redis on Windows, in April 2012. But its services as a separate entity are no longer required.
"Today, Microsoft engineers participate in nearly 2,000 open source projects on GitHub and CodePlex combined," Paoli said in his April 17 post. "Through open source collaborations, Microsoft has brought first-class support for Linux to Azure, worked with Docker to integrate it with Azure and Windows, built Azure HDInsight on Apache Hadoop and Linux, and delivered developer tools for Android and iOS, and for Node.js and Python. And Microsoft is actively building open source communities of its own."