Microsoft Could “Open-Source” The Entire Windows OS
When it comes to desktop/laptop operating systems, no one can touch Microsoft. The company has dominated this scene for as long as we can remember. However, as we know the company isn’t afraid of change, and change is something we may see soon.
According to a new report, Windows could soon be open sourced. Meaning Microsoft could be giving the entire Windows OS for free with no strings attached. The most interesting part of it will be the code, open-source means developers will have access to Windows code and we could potentially see modified versions of this operating system.
This is according to Mark Russinovich, one of the company’s top engineers, who said it sitting in front of several hundred people who use Chef, an open-source website management tool.
“It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s a new Microsoft.”
The most popular example of open-source operating system is Android. Different manufacturers use modified Android versions in their devices. On desktop side of things, Linux is an open-source engine. Windows going open source will be a huge thing for the development community.
It will also be beneficial for users who can get modified versions of Windows based on their needs. This is also very beneficial for Microsoft as developers can help the company find out security flaws and vulnerabilities.
While it sounds nice, it is hard to believe Microsoft will make Windows free for developers anytime soon. It seems more likely that Microsoft will release free portions of its operating system, that will help in faster development.
The company is on the verge of releasing Windows 10, which is expected to be the next big thing after the disappointment of Window 8. Let’s see what the future holds.
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