Thursday, December 11, 2008

Microsoft plans more open source outreach

In 2009, Microsoft will continue its gradual acceptance of open source software while at the same time it works to dispel old prejudices against non-proprietary software from within the company.

Part of that acceptance will mean more work with open source project groups, according to Robert Duffner, the director of platform strategy at Microsoft, In October, Microsoft joined the Advanced Messaging Protocol (AMQP) working group, an open source project which originated at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as a means of developing a standard for high-speed messaging.

Microsoft will also pick up its activity in the Apache QPID project, which it also joined this fall. QPID is a messaging implementation built on AMQP. Microsoft became a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation in July.

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