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InfoWorld: Microsoft expands shared source open code program

Feb 21, 2002, 23:36 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Hillis)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Microsoft Corp. , trying to protect its software empire from open-source rivals like Linux, on Thursday said it is expanding a program to share the underlying code of its Windows operating system.

Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, which it started last year in an effort to counter the image that it jealously guards its products, is being expanded to let systems integrators -- companies that help other firms manage their computer systems -- peek at the Windows blueprints.

Under the expanded program, more than 100 major systems integrators would be eligible to refer to -- but not change and redistribute -- Windows code, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's vice president of advanced strategy and policy, told Reuters in an interview."

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