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Microsoft and source code?

  1. #1


    India
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Professional Update 1 x64, Arch Linux

    Microsoft and source code?


    Microsoft Windows just posted this
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    on thier official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/windows

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    Does this mean Microsoft windows is going open source? Windows Blue is going to be free? Or something else?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Well as a complete guess...

    They could "open source" the Metro UI. The fact is, Microsoft gives out a huge amount of it's upper level source (though not it's build environment). All of the C level source and MFC source and a lot of .NET have always been available.

    I doubt they will give away their low level stuff though, i.e. the kernel, the file systems and networking code.

    But much like they wanted .NET ported to competing platforms, even more I can see them wanting metro base code ported to other platforms because they would then still make money from the app store and the advertising APIs. (Though they would have to be careful that that wasn't taken away by competing app store and advertising servers)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, this is interesting.
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