Microsoft Seems to be Taking the Penguin Under its Wing
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ImageI have been saying for years that Microsoft has become incapable of developing anything on its own anymore. Nothing innovative has come out of Redmond since I worked with Microsoft in the early 80's. Now they either buy a company that is already producing a product and make it worse or they manage to bring something to market that always resembles something someone else is already producing and just add the Microsoft "slant" to it.

Either way the consumer is always the loser.

Now, in what appears to be a turnaround on their previously staunch position of OpenSource software being a danger to them Microsoft, for the first time, has included Open Source code in the release of one of their products. The Complete Cluster Edition of Windows Server 2003 will be including the Message Passing Interface (MPI) library. From the article: "MPI is key middleware that was designed by a consortia of all the supercomputing vendors in the 1990s to allow the easy portability of code. It abstracts away things like low-latency interconnect, and our focus is making it super easy for ISVs to move their code."

In my opinion this is just the beginning of Microsoft's foray into the harvesting of OpenSource applications and code to move them closer to producing a hybrid Windows - OpenSource operating system and then laying claim to some great new innovation in operating system technology.  Funny how history has a habit of repeating itself.

 
For those of you that don't know, I've been in the computer industry since iBM, that's invented Before Microsoft, so when I say, "Funny how history has a habit of repeating itself.",  my references are firsthand.