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 Jul 07, 2008 - 09:01 AM - by Michael
* Five Pipe Dreams?

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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft's Tim Ferguson offers up a bit of a dream that Microsoft, now that Bill Gates has officially stepped back, might make some serious changes:

1. A greater acceptance of open source:
Microsoft has been coming under increasing pressure from open source software, especially as more and more web-based activity relies on open standards. The company risks looking increasingly out of touch if it continues to keep everything to itself.


Nobody's suggesting Microsoft will release code for its big name applications in the near future but some industry watchers are speculating that post-Gates, open source and interoperability will become increasingly part of the Microsoft culture.
More likely: linux people will continue cracking more of Microsoft's code and making compatible apps on the linux side.

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