Microsoft Wishes to Tempt Developers With Its Code

Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 8:40 AM EDT
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The media is declaring that Microsoft for the first time is sharing its code in "open source" fashion, under the Common Public License. It has made available the code to its Windows Installer XML application (WiX) software on Sourceforge. The first thing that popped into my mind was the New Zealand patent it got on XML that came to light not long ago. The second thing that popped into my mind is that OpenOffice saves documents in XML. Then I thought, I wonder if they plan on pulling some kind of a SCO someday, attacking OpenOffice? I could just be paranoid, but sometimes it pays to be. Then I asked myself, why do companies patent things? Is it because they intend to share freely with others?

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