What's the deal with Microsoft's open-source friendly patents?

ZDNet 

From robotics to analytics, why NASA is offering startups over 1,000 patents for'free' Startups could get a major lift from NASA if they can find a technology at the space agency that fits their commercial ambitions. By joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio to the open-source patent consortium's members. Immediately after the announcement, people asked: "Entire? At a keynote speech at Open Source Summit Europe in Scotland, Keith Bergelt, OIN's CEO, answered some of these questions. Later, in an interview with Bergelt and the OIN Linux System Definition director Mirko Boehm, more questions were answered. The answer, according to Bergelt, is simple: Open source. During a Open Source Summit Europe keynote, Stephen Walli, Microsoft's principal program manager for Azure, explained: Fifteen years ago, a CIO would have said, 'we have no open source, they would have been wrong, but that's what they thought.' Now, CIOs know open source's essential. . . Microsoft has always been a company by, of, and for developers. At this point in history, developers love open source."

  Country: Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland (0.35)
  Genre: Personal > Interview (0.56)
  Industry: Government > Space Agency (0.77)
  Technology: Information Technology > Software (1.00)

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