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Microsoft 'not competing' with open source

Software giant Microsoft is not intent on competing with the open source community and is seeking further tie-ups with it, an executive at the company has said. Earlier this month, a long-running dispute between Microsoft and Novell, which sells one version of the Linux open source software, was settled. It enabled Microsoft's Windows operating system to work better with Linux. Bill Hilf, general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft and the man who runs open source strategy across Microsoft, told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme that, while Microsoft competes with commercial products based on open source, "we do not compete with the open source community".

"That clarity is super-important for the user, be it a developer or an everyday user of a computer, to know where Microsoft stands," he added. It's not as polar as people think. Are we going to compete every day with products that come out of commercial and open source? Of course. But we're not competing with the open source community."

Source: BBC
Tags: Microsoft Open Source Computers
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