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eWeek: MS Open-Source Move is Straight from Playbook

Apr 07, 2004, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"I confess that Microsoft has been surprising me a lot in the past few days. First, Microsoft paid Sun off, and then it released Windows Installer XML (WiX), a command line toolkit for building Windows installation packages from XML source code and vice-versa under the Common Public License (CPL) of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

"Although no programmer's household name, WiX isn't a toy program. It's being used in upcoming versions of brand-name Microsoft products such as Office and Exchange. And in case you're wondering, CPL is a real, no-BS, open-source license.

"So, what's going on here? Is Microsoft converting to the open-source religion? Hardly. I think they're continuing to implement plans for battling open source that Microsoft staffers first outlined back in 1998's Halloween memo..."

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