A Microsoft executive brought up the possiblity that the company could eventually turn Windows into an open source product. However, that is not likely to happen anytime soon, and if it does it may only be parts of the OS that will be available as open source.
The prospect of an open sourced Windows was raised by Mark Russinovich, the chief technology officer for Microsoft's Azure division, during a panel at this week's ChefCon conference in Silicon Valley, California. According to InfoWorld:
"Panel moderator Cade Metz, business editor at Wired, asked Russinovich if Windows itself might eventually be made open source, which elicited loud applause from the audience. "It's definitely possible," Russinovich responded. "Like I said, it's a new Microsoft." The company is having every conversation that could be imagined about what to do with its software and services, he said."
Would Microsoft really make such a bold move with Windows? Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, who has a lot of experience covering Microsoft with many inside contacts at the company, thinks the truth is a bit less sexy:
"My bet: Microsoft might open source more pieces of Windows, the way it's doing with .Net, but not the whole ball of tangled OS code."
The fact is that Microsoft, which in the past has slammed open source software products like Linux, is now embracing those efforts more and more, with over 1,000 apps uploaded to the Microsoft GitHub site. However, the company is still a long way from doing the same for the Windows OS.