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internetnews.com: Microsoft Woos Academic World

Feb 21, 2003, 14:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

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"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 Source License.

"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 projects.

"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...'

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