"For years, the poster child of the anti-open source movement
was Microsoft, with its proprietary software model. In recent
years, however, the company has changed its views, starting an open
source software lab to work on interoperability issues. It's even
become a purveyor of its own open source-approved licenses.
"What do these efforts mean? For Sam Ramji, Microsoft's director
of open source technology strategy, they indicate the company is
'open' for business.
"'The strategy is founded on meeting people where they are,'
Ramji told InternetNews.com. 'Independent of whether or not the
application programming layer is a Microsoft technology, we really
look at ourselves as being an infrastructure layer, and our job is
to support the workload and the development styles that people want