Microsoft Taking an Open Source Approach to Longhorn

In an effort to improve its coming Longhorn operating system, Microsoft will allow professional developers a version of the OS so they can collaborate in its development. Microsoft has created tools to track the contributions developers make.

Like with the open source community, Microsoft is allowing developers to help assist with Longhorn rather than release the product and than rely on patches to fix it. Developers, in turn, will be aware of the progress made from their suggestions.

However, this follows Microsoft's business model by restricting it to professional developers Microsoft utilizes. Some are happy that Longhorn is taking a while to release because this gives the company time to make sure it has few problems.

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