Open Source at Microsoft

by Daniel H. Steinberg

This week we present portions of two conversations from the O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing. Tim O'Reilly talks to Brian Behlendorf about lessons from Apache and CollabNet. Danese Cooper then puts Microsoft's Bill Hilf in the hot seat to talk about Open Source at the software giant. (DTF 08-21-2006: 33 minutes 40 seconds)

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Distributing the Future August 21, 2006: "Open Source at Microsoft"

0:50 Software as Service

There's a lot of software that you use each day without downloading to your own machine. From the O'Reilly Radar's Executive Briefing at OSCON, CollabNet Founder and CTO Brian Behlendorf talks to Tim O'Reilly about the lessons he's learned from Apache and CollabNet. (9:42)

10:32 Microsoft on Open Source

It can't be easy being the person who speaks for Microsoft about its Open Source strategy. Microsoft General Manager for Platform Strategy Bill Hilf talks to Intel's Danese Cooper about licensing, the Open Document Format, and more generally, about Open Source at Microsoft. (22:26)

Total running time: 33:40

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

Credits include special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at, and he also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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