The Register: Microsoft Welcomes UK Govt Open Source Policy
Jul 30, 2002, 02:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft Corp has given a warm welcome to the UK government's
recent open source software policy statement, indicating a further
softening of the company's approach to its open source rivals.
"Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft appears to have a growing
respect for the competitive threat posed by open source software,
and has given a broad thumbs-up to the UK Office of Government
Commerce's report, which promotes the use of open source software
in local and national government institutions and public-sector
"'We welcome the policy statement in that it clearly states what
the policy is,' said Mary-Anne Novitzkas, shared source manager for
Microsoft UK. 'Nothing's really changed. It's quite a neutral
policy but it means that we can now compete on merit and value.'
While Microsoft's response to the policy may be the now-expected
'we value competition' response, it has also been helped by the
OGC's softly-softly approach to open source..."
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