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Microsoft Launches A Whole New Company To Deal With Open Source

Business Insider - Microsoft has spun off a subsidiary just to deal with its work on open source software and standards.

The new company is called Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., and it will be run by Microsoft's long-term open source advocate, Jean Paoli. The group will manage all the work that Microsoft does with standards bodies as well as the contributions Microsoft makes to open source projects.

Microsoft has had a stormy relationship with open source developers over the years -- embracing open source in some ways and antagonizing its proponents in others.

The issue is open source licenses, which govern how the code can be used.