A Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) executive recently hinted that the company could make Windows an open-source software. The executive attached to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform told in a developer conference that it is actually possible for Microsoft to make its popular product open source. However, that might not happen overnight or might not happen at all.
The negative side of open-source Windows
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may fear turning Windows into an open-source platform for fear of possibly unveiling the security holes in the software. As an open-source software, Microsoft will have to lay open Window’s code for scrutiny, which could end up changing the operating system as a viable computing platform.
The positive side
However, things could also develop positively for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Inviting the participation of outsiders to look into Windows could also inspire a lot of trust in the platform. Additionally, Microsoft will be able to attract a large number of coders that it might not be able to do in the current arrangement of things. At the end of the day, Microsoft would be able to produce a revolutionary OS.
At this juncture there is no guarantee that hints by Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich, who is the CTO of Azure Cloud platform, could come true any time soon. Maybe Russinovich just wanted to excite his audience at the annual developer conference known ChefConf, knowing that the gather brings together people who lean towards open-source software.
Whether Russinovich is disclosing what Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is up to pursue in future, the bottom line is that the company has changed massively under CEO, Satya Nadella. The old Microsoft was something like a closed book for many people. Even Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM)’s CEO, Marc Benioff, praised how Nadella has been able to change Microsoft, especially on the issue of embracing partners, which is something that former CEO, Steve Ballmer did promote.
To date, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been able to ink partnership agreements with companies like Salesforce despite being competitors in some segments.
More to come
With just about 16 months on the job, Nadella’s leadership is still in its infancy, but has been able to achieve a lot of remarkable things. There seems to be more to come from the software gorilla as Nadella tries to look for new growth.