September 28, 2004

Microsoft offer Wiki to open source

by brian_turner

From CNet News:

“Microsoft said Monday that it is dipping a third toe into the open-source waters, adding a collaborative creation program to the list of Microsoft efforts that the company is freely sharing.

The company is making available the code for FlexWiki, software for creating “Wikis”–Web pages designed to cover a topic by allowing any number of users to create and edit content.

FlexWiki is the third piece of Microsoft code that the company has released this year under an open-source license, all under the Common Public License (CPL). In April, Microsoft posted its Windows Installer XML (WiX) to SourceForge.net, following up a month later with the posting of the Windows Template Library (WTL) project.”

Microsoft has a chequered past history with open source, withdrawnig from various UN groups for pushing open source over Microsoft products, else were being pushed to offer more to open source development.

It’s interesting to note the CNET News article also mentions that Microsoft has also opened up parts of its Office code for Governments and Universities.

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