Microsoft embraces open source community by joining Open Invention Network

Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

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Attempts by Microsoft to heal the rift following Ballmer's departure have often been derided as attempts to 'embrace, extend, and extinguish', but of late the company appears to be having a little more success in convincing the world it has changed its ways: Microsoft has added Linux to Windows 10 via the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which left beta in July a year ago, joined the Linux Foundation in November 2016, and has even ported some of its server applications to the platform.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Redmond-based technology giant had joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in the world with more than 2,650 members.

The move will help protect open source software and projects from falling victim to patent lawsuits.

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But on Wednesday, Microsoft said the company was adding its own technology portfolio to OIN's patent defense pool, which now shields over 2,650 companies.

"Microsoft's participation in OIN adds to our strong community, which through its breadth and depth has reduced patent risk in core technologies, and unequivocally signals for all companies who are using OSS but have yet to join OIN that the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN participation".

Andersen's mention of "friction" is putting it lightly. This has led Microsoft to soften its stance on the operating system and open source development. As a result, Android vendors were pressured to ink deals, forcing them to pay royalties to Microsoft.In 2001, Microsoft's previous CEO Steve Ballmer also famously derided Linux as a "cancer" on intellectual property. Windows desktop and desktop application code is off the list, but it is not clear whether the Linux community would want that. Any company, project or developer that is working on Linux, GNU, Android or any other Linux-related software is can join OIN to get access to thousands of patents free of charge or royalties. Back in 2013, Samsung reportedly paid Microsoft $1 billion in patent-licensing over its use of Android.

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