Microsoft Collaborating with Eclipse Foundation

by Todd Ogasawara

I'm neither an Eclipse user (though I download it every now and then but never get around to actually trying it :-) or a Java developer. But, I read Sam Ramji's blog post...

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...with quite a bit of interest when he announced that Microsoft would be collaborating with the Eclipse Foundation to help Eclipse developers building software for Windows. Yeah, sure, you might say. They are just doing this to sell more copies of Windows. But, it is the way they are doing it these days that interests and even impresses me. Just think back to the message and rhetoric coming out of Redmond 4 or 5 years ago. Who would have thought that they would have forged relationships with JBoss, MySQL, Zend, Samba, Xen Source, and Eclipse? Not to mention hiring the brains behind IronPython and IronRuby?

If their collaboration with Open Source projects helps me get better tools, I'm glad to see it. Have I lost all of my skepticism and paranoia? Um, ok, not all of it. But, I'm happier with the way things are now than they were a couple of years ago.