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Microsoft will let anyone use 60,000 of its key software patents as it moves to play more nicely with open source developers (MSFT)

Business Insider Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 ()

Microsoft will let anyone use 60,000 of its key software patents as it moves to play more nicely with open source developers (MSFT)· *Microsoft is joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), a patent community that protects Linux and other open source software programs.*
· *The company acknowledged this decision may be viewed as a surprise, as Microsoft had a long history of competing with open-source initiatives and making billions from its patents.*
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