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We love open source, says Microsoft

Daily Telegraph - A senior Microsoft executive has admitted that the company’s previous criticism of open source software was ‘a mistake’

Microsoft has often been critical of some elements of the open source technology community. In 2001, Steve Ballmer, the company’s chief executive, described Linux, the open source operating system, as a “cancer” that threatened his company’s intellectual property, while in 2007, Microsoft accused Linux and other open source providers of violating more than 200 of its patents.

But Jean Paoli, general manager of Microsoft’s interoperability strategy team, is attempting to build bridges between the two communities, and acknowledges that Microsoft’s stance in the past has not always been helpful.