Short Bytes: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just announced that Microsoft has become a completely open source company. It means that you can now grab all software like Windows and Microsoft Office for free and get your hands on their source code as well. Nadella added that the company is looking to expand its cloud business and planning to try out “new” things very soon.
If you’re a regular reader of Fossbytes and you follow the developments in the open source world closely, you must be acquainted with Microsoft’s love affair with open source and Linux. After Microsoft joined Linux Foundation in last November, this notion was even more firmly established.
While many people were worried about Microsoft’s “hidden” intentions, the Linux Foundation director, Jim Zemlin, said that “Microsoft is a changed company.” But nobody thought that Microsoft could ever become a completely open source company–not until today.
In an announcement made earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that all Microsoft software are open sourced and the users can freely download them. Just in case you’re wondering, this open source list of software–which already had Powershell and .Net Core 1.0–now also includes Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft Office productivity suite.
So, what would Microsoft do to make money? Well, the answer lies in “cloud.” Yes, Microsoft is raking tons of money with its Cloud business and giving Amazon and Google Cloud a run for its money. Nadella, who has been an advocate of cloud computing, said that Microsoft is also looking to explore “new and exciting” forays, which will be disclosed in near future.
It was an April Fools’ Day prank, obviously. No matter Microsoft expresses tons of open source love, it’s not going to be a completely open source company in near future. But, we can surely hope that this fake news turns out to be true someday.
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