Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion
Even the most jaded tech reporter was astounded when Microsoft announced that it would purchase open source ReactOS for an unprecedented $12.3 billion US making it the largest open source acquisition to date. ReactOS is a small software organization that has been working to produce an open source replacement for Microsoft Windows.
Unofficial sources inside Microsoft suggested that ReactOS was "just getting too close to producing a completely free and open source version of Windows" and was becoming a threat to the software giant. We spoke to Microsoft's Harold Linberry, marketing manager in charge of legacy software, who refused to comment on these allegations, saying instead that the move was meant to "protect Microsoft customers" who mistaking ReactOS for the real thing, might encounter problems. "We wanted to make sure that we could protect our customers' investment in their IT infrastructure. We wanted to make sure that if they installed ReactOS, they could count on the same level of quality and support that they currently enjoy with Microsoft Windows."