Microsoft has created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc to advance Microsoft’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source.
The Interoperability Strategy team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous open source and standards efforts on behalf of Microsoft. It was recently involved in numerous standards initiatives, including HTML5, HTTP 2.0, cloud standards in DMTF and OASIS and in many open source environments such as Node.js, MongoDB and PhoneGap.
This new subsidiary is further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities.
Microsoft and our business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways across the company, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations.
The subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and standards communities.
This structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source world.
As a result of these efforts, customers will have even greater choice and opportunity to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments.
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