WHY THE @&*# IS MICROSOFT DOING THIS?

Update: FRENCH translation and commentary also available compliments Renoir Boulanger@renoirb )

Microsoft contributing to Open Source projects? Distributing Open Source PHP apps with its web platform? Supporting PHP on Windows? Bringing WordPress to Azure? Organizing Make Web Not War and MonDev?
Has “the empire” gone soft? Is it an evil ploy to take over the world?
Why the @&*# is Microsoft doing all this??

Some say it’s for the love of technology, web developers and designers. Some say we’re desperate, and being forced to “deal” with Open Source. Others, like the many open source communities we work with worldwide and in Canada: PHP Quebec, Impress CMS, TikiWiki, Vanilla Forums, Status.net, PHUG and many others, say it’s good for their projects, as it exposes those PHP apps to more people, particularly those who run Windows “shops”. We couldn’t agree more.

But it also just makes good business sense!

The reality of today is mixed IT environments, and our customers look to have the best experience with our platforms. They want to be able to easily find, deploy and manage any software, including Open Source. Open source is about collaboration, participation and working toward the benefit of the end-users and of the community. That is why we, Microsoft, want to participate, contribute, get involved like other organizations and companies do today. It adds value to our platform, makes for happy customers and good partners – helping grow communities, and bringing more business to web developers who make a living building on Open Source stacks.

That’s why our small but agile team is actively looking to build relationships with Open Source communities, web shops, and PHP developers – so that we can learn, find ways to compliment each others’ objectives, and get involved to help optimize the code for Microsoft platforms and provide a better end-user experience.

Open is also about being open to feedback and commentary from the community, and we welcome all feedback we get and will always respond as honestly and directly as we can.

So, if you are reading this because you got a fancy blue pad with www.webnotwar.ca link, we want to chat with you! Please find us at Make Web Not War – we’re the people probably wearing one of the RED shirts like this…

… or the people in the corner getting kicked (let’s hope not)…

… and if you are not at the event, please send us a tweet @PHPonWindows or feel free to rant, I mean, comment below!

Nik G
Open Source Strategy Lead at Microsoft Canada
twitter: @Nik_G