Microsoft open to open source "Microsoft Corp. says it is looking to turn over more of its programs to open-source software developers, playing a greater role in a process that the Redmond company has criticized strongly at times in the past.
Money-makers like the company's Windows operating system and Office productivity suite aren't on the table -- or anywhere near it.
But the company has so far released two software-development tools to the open-source community, and it wants to continue the practice, a Microsoft platform manager told an industry group this week.
"Is that a threat to our business? Well, as much as we didn't get that sale or make that customer happy, yes," he answered. "Is it a threat to our overall business? No. There's lots of customers out there and I would hope that we're making all of them happy so they keep coming back."