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Windows Source Code Shared with MS MVPs: OS Boon or Useless Bone?

Windows Source Code Shared with MS MVPs: OS Boon or Useless Bone?

(October 23, 2003) - As part of its Shared Source Initiative source licensing program, the Most Valuable Professional Source Licensing Program (MVPSLP), Microsoft is delivering Windows source code to eligible MVPs. Microsoft views the program as a reward to its most dedicated professionals, but does the code-sharing have practical value?

"By giving source code only to those experts who have demonstrated the deepest dedication to the Windows community, Microsoft should be able to leverage many of the benefits of Open Source without running the risk of major intellectual property theft - as in the case of Linux's alleged misappropriation of code from SCO," comments Derek Ferguson, chief technology evangelist, Expand Beyond Corp., and editor-in-chief, .NET Developer's Journal.

But Microsoft regional director and .NETDJ columnist Jon Box raises this point: "Question: I depend on airplanes for transportation. I depend on them so much that I would not travel to the West coast unless I can fly. Do I need the blueprints for the entire plane to keep flying on it? And what would I do with the blueprint if I had it? So, why do I need the source to Windows?"

Through the Microsoft Shared Source Initiative, MVPs already were eligible to receive Microsoft source code components for Windows CE .NET, ASP.NET, Visual Studio .NET, and Passport Manager. The new MVPSLP expands source code access to include Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

The MVPSLP program recognizes individuals who have great expertise in one or more Microsoft products, and a willingness to share their expertise and their experiences with peers. "Giving them access to the source code will help MVPs do even more for technical communities around the world and will thus strengthen support for everyone using the Windows platform," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft.

Through the licensing options available through the Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft has been sharing source code with customers, partners and governments worldwide for several years. These Shared Source programs support existing customers, encourage new development, support teaching and research, and create new business opportunities. According to Microsoft, MVPs help shape product development and research and provide a valuable link through which the company can listen to customers.

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Anon C 10/26/03 03:59:39 PM EST

Yes you do need the blueprints of the plane because everyone is flying their own model and often the passengers have to stop and make running repairs or customisations to their "plane" to be able to make their preferred destination.

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