Microsoft's stance towards opensource software is slowly softening and one of ZDNet's journalists says the company may soon start developing applications for Linux.
A few years ago, I would have been more skeptical. Making product for Linux might help to popularize the alternative platform, thus cutting into Microsoft's own operating system revenue. From a simple cost-benefit analysis, the cost of writing for the fast-growing Linux operating system market, in terms of lost sales, outweighed the benefit of sales into the channel.
But now it seems that opensource poses less of a threat to Microsoft's core business than previously thought. Read more at ZDNet