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InfoWorld: Microsoft open to open source for Windows?

Apr 07, 1999, 14:17 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Trott)


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"Microsoft President Steve Ballmer sent a message to the computer industry -- as well as the U.S. Department of Justice -- that the software giant is "thinking with great interest" about opening up Windows source code."

"Ballmer's comments at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference '99 here Wednesday marked the first time that Microsoft has publicly mulled over the possibility of using an open-source model for its prized operating system."

"One of the remedies being discussed in the Microsoft antitrust trial is opening up Windows to other developers. Company officials, who have met with government prosecutors in hopes of negotiating a settlement, have in the past closely guarded Windows source code as intellectual property."

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