Microsoft may open-source Windows in future

Microsoft may open-source Windows in future

At the annual ChefCon conference held in Santa Clara this week, Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich hinted that the software giant may open-source its Windows operating system in the future.

In response to a question by panel moderator Cade Metz - who is the business editor at Wired - about the likelihood of Microsoft open-sourcing its Windows OS sometime in the future, Russinovich said: "It's definitely possible."

Further hinting that Microsoft could one day open-source at least a part of its Windows OS, Russinovich said: "It's a new Microsoft. Literally every conversation you can imagine about what should we do with our software: open, not open, services. It's happened."

Despite the fact that Microsoft presently does not have any near-term plans of open-sourcing its Windows OS, the acknowledgement of the fact that open-sourcing Windows is probably an option which the company can consider in future underscores a highly noteworthy potential move by Microsoft.

Microsoft's possible future move to open-source Windows OS will essentially require the company to expose its code to public view; thereby giving developers a theoretical ability to create their own proprietary, distinctive versions of Windows software.

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