Microsoft’s Open Source Company Is a Year Old. But What Is It?

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Last week, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. quietly turned one year old. The birthday passed without fanfare, but next week, Microsoft plans to host a birthday party at its Silicon Valley campus.

Microsoft Open Technologies is a bit of an odd duck: It’s an independent subsidiary set up to push open source efforts by the world’s most famous proprietary software company. When it was announced, it left more than a few people — ourselves included — scratching their heads.

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