Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Is Suddenly A Huge Open Source Advocate

NASDAQ: MSFT | Microsoft Corporation News, Ratings, and Charts

MSFT – Microsoft’s embracing of open source software has bolstered its cloud business immensely.

Get Free Updates

Join thousands of investors who get the latest news, insights and top rated picks from!

In a bygone era, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was a staunch opponent of open source software.

The tech titan fought viciously against the wave of open source — which exposes the source code behind software for anyone to view and edit if they so choose — for decades. It even referred to open source as a “cancer” at one point. Alas, it lost that battle, and open source software has become the backbone of the entire internet.

Now, as GeekWire notes, the company has embraced open source, and miraculously has become a go-to place for developers:

But what’s interesting about Microsoft’s approach is the speed at which it has bolstered this group in 2017 and the notion that Microsoft has become a cool place for open-source developers to work. Even after CEO Satya Nadella hit refresh in early 2014, Microsoft didn’t suddenly turn into an open-source beacon; it took several years of honest commitment to open-source projects before developers began to take it seriously.

Now Microsoft is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, and leading the industry in terms of its commitment to open-source projects. Will this give it enough juice to overtake AWS? We won’t know for some time.

Indeed, without its shift in culture toward open source, Azure would probably never have caught on as a major force in the cloud computing world.

Times have changed, and so has Microsoft. No longer viewed as a greedy anti-developer behemoth, it’s earned the respect and admiration of the community. And that’s very bullish for the company moving forward.

Microsoft Corporation shares closed at $74.49 on Friday, up $0.62 (+0.84%). Year-to-date, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Get Rating) has gained 21.94%, versus a 13.99% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Get Rating) currently has a POWR Rating of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #1 of 63 stocks in the Software – Application category.

Get Free Updates

Join thousands of investors who get the latest news, insights and top rated picks from!

Top Stories on

NYSE: NVS | Novartis AG  News, Ratings, and Charts

Sweet 16 Safe Stocks for this Volatile Market

The bull market is still in place, but appetite for risk is low. Novartis (NVS) is just one of 16 stocks with the right ingredients to excel in this volatile environment.
NYSE: SPY | SPDR S&P 500 News, Ratings, and Charts

Does 1 Equation Hold the Key for Stock Prices?

At first I thought it was outrageous to believe this 1 equation is only that mattered for stock prices. Then I saw it happen plain as day in February 2016. Now I believe it will happen again.
NYSE: SPY | SPDR S&P 500 News, Ratings, and Charts

Trump Delays Chinese Tariffs, is He Just Postponing the Inevitable?

In this featured article, Trump's postponement of Chinese tariffs is examined. Could the President be postponing the inevitable? Continue reading for more details.
: sndl | Sundial Growers Inc. News, Ratings, and Charts

Why are cannabis stock investors focusing on Sundial Growers (SNDL)?

Sundial growers are one of the most recent IPOs within the cannabis sector.
: CGC | Canopy Growth Corporation  News, Ratings, and Charts

Why did Canopy Growth's (CGC) stock plunge 14% today?

Canopy Growth Corp. (CGC) disappointed Wall Street yesterday with an earnings report that showed the worst bottom-line performance in the company’s history.

Read More Stories

More Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) News View All

Event/Date Symbol News Detail Start Price End Price Change POWR Rating
Loading, please wait...
View All MSFT News
Page generated in 2.1403 seconds.