"Continuing efforts to woo academia, Microsoft Thursday said it
will release Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic Edition to U.S.
schools in conjunction with professional versions of the
development environment. Additionally, the source code for a number
of environment's components will be made available under
Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative through an Academic Tools
"The company also announced the 25 recipients of its 2003
Microsoft Research (MSR) University Relations Innovation Excellence
research grants. Microsoft selected the 25 recipients from 152
submissions, and will award $3.5 million to the chosen
"The open source community has made tremendous strides in the
halls of academia, where a platform like Linux has great appeal for
students because it is free and it can be taken apart and examined.
This has the potential to become a big problem for a company like
Microsoft, which is generally regarded with antipathy by the open
source community for its perceived ruthless business practices and
the jealous guarding of its secrets--a practice that is at
loggerheads with a culture that has grown up with the mantra
'information needs to be free...'