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MSNBC: Microsoft alters Windows strategy, hinting it may unveil underlying code

Apr 09, 1999, 08:20 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft Corp. announced a sharp strategy shift in its operating systems for consumers, and hinted it might take the radical step of releasing the underlying programming code for its long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system."

"Separately, Brian Valentine, the vice president in charge of completing Windows 2000, said the company is "seriously considering" publishing the source programming code of the "NT kernel," the core of the software. Opening source code allows programmers outside a company to help improve its technology."

"Though Microsoft may not follow through, even considering the open-source idea is significant. The software giant has been fiercely protective of its intellectual secrets and has scoffed at use of the technique by others. Examples of open-source software include the Linux operating system, which competes with Windows NT, and Internet software being developed by America Online Inc.'s Netscape unit."

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