Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’ | WIRED
One day, Microsoft could “open source” the code that underpins the OS—giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company’s top engineers.
"It's definitely possible," Russinovich says. "It's a new Microsoft."
It could make sense. Given that Microsoft HAS been acting more like a nimble and aggressive company recently, as opposed to their giant slow moving behemoth ways of the very recent past, it might be possible. The fact that this would even be discussed shows a huge change in the company. In 2001 Ballmer referred to the free software Linux kernel as a "cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches". Windows, along with Office, have been the crown jewels of Microsoft so to discuss opening it up to others indicates a shift in the company for sure.