Windows Go Open Source

Well not quite but Microsoft will begin releasing hundreds of segments of proprietary computer code from the Windows operating system to governments, academic researchers and major customers. This move, of course, is not Microsoft's idea but a result of a long court battle which ended in a deal which forces Microsoft to release the Windows code.
The release project known internally as Phoenix, will be announced at Microsoft's third annual research summit.

Microsoft will be releasing about 400 such segments of computer code and internal operating rules. According to the company these can be used by outside software developers in order to write programs to run on Windows.

With these new (disclosures), software developers will have additional development choices in designing their Windows programs, Microsoft said in a statement.

Being the shrewd business giant that it is, Microsoft is claiming that the release of the code is a voluntary gift to the University community. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, with Microsoft releasing what is necessary to convince Universities that Windows can become an accessible platform for programmers. It is a well known fact that Windows are under threat in Universities from Linux, Windows main OS adversary.
As part of the disclosure, Microsoft are also releasing information about some of the goings-on at their advanced-research division. This is a large part of the company based in Redmond and at facilities in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Cambridge in the UK. Information about how Universities can apply to Microsoft for research grants, will also be made available. Microsoft spent USD 4.5 million last year sponsoring university projects.

There's no doubt that the strength of the commercial software industry really comes because of the great work that goes on in the universities, said MS Chairman Bill Gates. And so we're getting smarter about how we can work together all the time.

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Windows Go Open Source

HAHAHA, they only spent what, 4.2 million bucks on Universitys? Considering it costs how much for computers that the Universitys buy, and run windows on, with all the other MS programs. LOL, wow, they have literally BILLIONS of dollars. How can they even whine about this? Maybe if they could fix the damn problems in windows already, then people wouldn't complain!

Windows Go Open Source

Que buena noticia, haber si el windows mejora más y deja de ser una herramienta netamente comercial y dan paso al desarrollo personal en la informatica, el windows en si es una buena idea pero es mejor, si esta es libre para si crear una competencia justa entre todas las empresas que estan detras del software, esta competencia va a dar paso a el perfeccionamiento global del sistema dado que todas empresas van a querer siempre ser las mejores en lo que hacen. Este sistema podría dar mucho en un futuro proximo.

Windows Go Open Source

of course MS wont be giving out all of their codes. they will be giving out the bare MINIMUM!!!! like always. they claim to give us reliable OS's but guess what, they have that blue screen that almost every one has seen. and have u ever had a PC so screwed that it came up with a WHITE box saying that it had some internal error, i dont mean the illegal operation either! so my verdict is that MS will give very little information out!

Windows Go Open Source

(Tis me Again), its not our fault your still getting blue screens with windows 95. If you don't like windows they why do you use it, you do have the choice to go to other operating systems, linux is free! i love XP, never any problems!

Windows Go Open Source

1st linux supports jack shit2nd the only software that is released without errors and that will never lock up is software for nuclear power plants and satellites and big dangerous shit that could blow us up.

Windows Go Open Source

what a queer move from that wanker bill gates. 1) the purepose of the trial is to investigate *antitrust* activities by MS, i.e. the way we can't get any other operating system EXCEPT windows installed when we buy a dell or hp - this is the root cause of all the other developments/problems - Office, Internet Explorer, Window$ Media Player and so on - if we take away their monopoly power - WINDOWS - this WILL have a counter-effect on the other "problems". Releasing tiny amounts of source code to APIs (APIs I repeat, we know what an API is don't we - Application Programming Interface - they should be released ANYWAY for development/programming. They are NOT core parts of the system. 2) i have stressed in posts on Linux/Anti-Microsoft sites that if we want Linux to catch on, get it into schools and universities. Linux is a far superior, far flexible development enviroment than Windblows will EVER be, Linux is the way forward, NOT Microsoft; schools and universities need to embrace Linux, NOT Microsoft. Gate's knows he needs schools and universities if Microsoft is to continue with the computer users of tommorrow; so if Prick Gates says it, I have to be right. If you can, make any effort to get Linux into schools and colleges. Personally I think its going our way anyway; Windows fees are exorbitant and is closed, Linux is free and open. Also, if anyone gets the story of Microsoft I don't think they'll ever want to use their products.. DIE M$ f**kERS!!!

Windows Go Open Source

I think it is about time Windows went for open source. Now programers will be able to work with it to make it a lot better. Linux is still one of the best operating systems because it is capable of mounting different partitions. Once Windows can do that it will be even more useful. Open Source is the best thing they could ever go for.

Windows Go Open Source

Its good that MS is doing some free marketing now. That article was no doubt written by a d**k f**k who hates MS severly. I think Megagames should get less biased ppl as their stuff.

Windows Go Open Source

Actually this will only lead to even greater problems. Now software will be released using codes borrowed from microsoft but not with all the correct codes. Microsoft this way can sabotage software developers by giving them codes which will only cause more bugs to the already stacked roach motel that is windows xp. :)

Windows Go Open Source

Considereing Windows is only £100 its supports almost every bit of software and hardware out there its not bad it may lock up sometimes but not suprizing after how complexed it is and the software and hardware running on it.. could you write something as good and stable ????????

Windows Go Open Source

Bill gates is part of a Nazi Suppremists movement therefore he is the largest Jackass on the face of the planet Who else could have released the only thing that is unique to windows, .... The blue screen of death. And who would be stupid enough to release a Console system that runs on Direct X ? MicrosoftWith Bill at the helm one day we might all become Jack Asses like him

Windows Go Open Source

Windows?! Open source? LoL Yeah Sure! Why's that Bill? Your programmers dont know how to handle with billions and billions of error reports? or they dont know the meaning of BUG! Probably you just got too bored of beeing copied! Anyways its nice to have hundreads of thousands of programmers working for you for free! No BILL, we wont tell you HOW to deal with the bugs, we'll just do like you did with us (users)!Silence and secret was allways the best weapon!For too many time that we've been especting something great from WINDOWS, the only thing that appeared of major improvement was defenetly OPEN Source!

Windows Go Open Source

Open Source is free... I don't call LICENCING the TINY amounts of code released FREE.. plus, we'll never be able to get out hands on it, only corporations. Even then it is released on with non-disclosure conditions... Neither Open nor free... just a publicity stunt

Windows Go Open Source

Open Source is free... I don't call LICENCING the TINY amounts of code released FREE.. plus, we'll never be able to get out hands on it, only corporations. Even then it is released on with non-disclosure conditions... Neither Open nor free... just a publicity stunt -- don't believe this crap anyone...

Windows Go Open Source

1) plague - Linux was a university project that Linus Torvalds started and completed with the help of hackers all over the world. It is one of the most stable and fastest OS's around. Windows is definately off the stability and reliability shelf which, i might add, Linux dominates.2) AC you are a thickshit. Linux and 100% of software that comes with Linux and 99% of software available in Linux is TOTALLY FREE AND OPEN SOURCE! Goto [url removed] - you can download Linux right now, legally. No licensing fees or any of that shit. Better than outlaying $$$ for Microshit.3) God's Hitman - MegaGames is not bias. They and many other geeks and nerds all know that Windows is shit and trash. Go check a survey, you'll see that Linux is populating very fast. IBM are selling machines with Linux already installed on them and Dell are soon to follow. Wake up d**khead - Windows is goign down the shitter and nothing can save it.4) Justin if you like XP and it works for you then use it, by all means. But dont blame us when you are stuck on your little XP island coz everyone else has moved onto a better OS.5) Anonymous - Linux supports more than you think. In fact, Linux supports all Windows apps. WINE for Linux is an application that runs Windows apps on linux. You name it - it runs it. So jam that and your two fingers up your ass. d**khead.

Windows Go Open Source

hey there guy Josh, please type in more next time, we are all highly intelligent individuals who do not need you commenting.P.S You are a f**king idiot! supersayian@hotmail.com , please reply me !!! if you have the balls to

Windows Go Open Source

MORONS WHO GIVE MICROSOFT ANY CREDIT:The only reason why microsoft are infront is because they were there first(sortof apart from ibm and stuff) and tried to make computers look as easy as possible to use.ANONYMOUS DUMBASS: ONLY f**kWIT WINDOWS LOCKS UP, my linux never locks up, sum progs freeze but i just choose kill from the menu(YES ON LINUX MENUS STILL WORK)TO ALL THE DUMBASS WANKERS WHO HAVE NEVER USED LINUX AND SAY WINDOWS IS GOOD:DO YOU HAVE AN ANTI_VIRUS PROGRAM INSTALLED??? YOU WON'T NEED IT ON LINUX CAUSE ALL THOSE WANKA'S WHO TRY TO MAKE WEAK ASS TROJANS AND VIRII USE WINDOWS, LIKE YOU SO IT WON'T AFFECT YOU ON LINUX. Ever tried gimp? its got all the power of adobe photoshop(AWESOME PROG) but more and without the $1200 priceOPEN SOURCE!!!!!!!!!!How much bs do they wanna give us, c'mon where can we find these so called 'snippets', and what are these snippets of? NOTHING BUT THE f**kING SOURCE CODE TO THE MENU AND THE STUPID EXPLORER, NOTHING TO DO WITH KERNAL CODE OR ANYTHING USEFUL

Windows Go Open Source

dear children the pain you must go through every night thinking of ways to look dumb.With that: linux is based off of unix and they are both crap windows is betterps i use them both and when linux is under full use it does not work hardly worth the time.

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