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The Register: Microsoft honours Linux programmer with patent gong

Nov 22, 2000, 13:14 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"In what must be one of the most surreal stories we've ever covered, Microsoft has awarded a Linux devotee with one of the company's most coveted patents awards -even though the recipient has never worked for Microsoft."

"The story begins with work done by Intrinsa software developer Bill Softkey on the Valley start-up's much-lauded software analysis tools. These let developers find bugs in software that might otherwise appear only through traditional regression testing."

"Intrinsa created a virtual environment for a program in the build process, plotting multiple execution paths that could uncover memory conflicts and other errors without manual intervention. And the software was lauded by Cisco (a major customer) and Sun Microsystems in its brief life as a commercial product."

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