Microsoft Sings a New Tune—Wants to Play Nice With Open-Source

Wow – with an interesting twist of events – Microsoft wants to play open source.

In a series of moves announced today aimed at making its products more interoperable with other software and the Web in general, Microsoft is releasing 30,000 pages of documentation for Windows (both desktop and server products) that were previously available to partners only through a trade secret license. It is making available new licenses to a large number of its software patents “on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, at low royalty rates.”

This is pretty cool.  I’ve been getting more and more interested in open source lately.  And with my past experience in programming web apps with Microsoft tools – it sure sounds good.  I’m interested to see how this all plays out.