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Who Will Fill Sam Ramji's Role as Microsoft's Open Source Leader?

Sep 16, 2009, 12:33 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

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"That's the big question after the announcement was made last week about Ramji's pending departure after three years in his job. Ramji is Microsoft's senior director of platform strategy and has been primarily responsible for driving the company's recent Linux and open source strategies. In a post on Microsoft's Port 25 blog last week, Bill Hilf, who held Ramji's job previously before becoming the general manager of Windows three years ago, wrote that Ramji is leaving to become interim president of the CodePlex Foundation and to take a leadership position at a California-based start-up. CodePlex is the new non-profit group, sponsored by Microsoft, created to provide a framework to help commercial software developers participate more easily in open source projects.

""Sam joined my team three years ago to drive open source technical strategy," Hilf wrote. "I have eagerly supported him as he passionately articulated a vision that Microsoft could coexist--and even thrive--in a heterogeneous IT world. The perspectives on [open source software] at Microsoft have evolved to the point where Microsoft's open source strategy is no longer just locked in a single 'lab' on campus--now OSS is an important part of many product groups and strategies across the company.""

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