Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Microsoft continues to woo open-source developers

MANILA, Philippines -- Microsoft is set to launch a developer program aimed at local companies creating applications using the open-source model.

Microsoft recently announced it will open an open-source "interoperability" lab in the country, the first in Asia Pacific, the company said.

The lab, to be located at the National Computer Center, is meant for use by application developers who want to test their software for interoperability with Microsoft products.

D3 Systems, which develops mobile applications running on Java, will be the first to use the lab.

Abet Dela Cruz, Microsoft Philippines platform strategy manager, said the company intends to recruit more open-source companies to join an ISV (independent software vendor) program.

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