Microsoft has announced a new subsidiary name “Microsoft Open Technologies Inc”, which will engage with the open source and standards communities for the company. Talking with GeekWire Microsoft executive Jean Paoli, and the subsidiary’s president said: We believe that the subsidiary will provide a new way of engaging with open-source communities in a more clearly defined manner,” he said, adding that the effort is about” bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies.
Here’s an excerpt from Jean Paoli’s blog post about the announcement:
I am really excited to be able to share with you today that Microsoft has announced a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., to advance the company’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source.
My existing Interoperability Strategy team will form the nucleus of this new subsidiary, and I will serve as President of Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
The team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous standards initiatives across Microsoft, including the W3C’s HTML5, IETF’s HTTP 2.0, cloud standards in DMTF and OASIS, and in many open source environments such as Node.js, MongoDB and Phonegap/Cordova.