How Microsoft under Satya Nadella is embracing open source to win business tech battles

A few years ago, no one could have imagined that Microsoft would have a senior executive and a team focused on open source software. Microsoft once saw open source as an enemy since the company was driven by proprietary software, and the open source community and companies too targeted the huge marketshare Microsoft held in the PC era, which they termed monopolistic. As open source has matured, with acceptance amongst businesses, and the ‘free’ tag no longer defines open source, Mark Hill, who has the unenviable job of changing mindsets and helping Microsoft leverage as well as profit from open source had a frank discussion about Firstpost over a range of issues—taking questions about Microsoft’s infamous past comments on open source to discussing the impact of open source on Microsoft’s Azure business.

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Updated Date: May 25, 2015 08:56:46 IST