The fact is, the world has changed. People are using more and more digital technologies, and the devices and software they use come from a wide variety of sources.
Microsoft is committed to openness
We are seeing customers embrace that variety, to get the best out of each available technology while also trying to mix and match them in countless ways. We listen to the feedback of our customers and want to ensure it is easier and less costly for them to own, develop or manage great solutions in IT environments that mix products from many vendors. To achieve this, more than ever before, Microsoft is more open with our technologies. And we‘re open to choice and change. Because openness helps us all move up.
Microsoft is open to open source technology. More than 350,000 open source applications run on Microsoft platforms. That is 82% of the applications that are available online in the public community repositories (“source forges”) that open source developers use to distribute software. In addition, while we compete with products like Linux, we also have many customers that use both Windows and Linux, and to help improve their experience working with both technologies, we have contributed code to development of the Linux kernel.
We are taking significant actions to ensure openness in the cloud – a hot topic for the industry and certainly for Microsoft. A great example of this is SugarCRM, a 100% open source company which has chosen to offer its online services on Microsoft’s Azure platform.
We recognize that the world has changed, we have learnt from the past and we are changing to become more open.
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