Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC
Microsoft Infoworld: "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azure at 4 a.m. EDT on Thursday. At that time, the Azure portal will offer a number of Linux distributions, including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, OpenSuse 12.01, CentOS 6.2 and Canonical Ubuntu 12.04. Azure users will be able to choose and deploy a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Windows Azure Image Gallery and be charged on an hourly pay-as-you-go basis." SmartGlass on iOS and Android, Office supposedly coming to iOS and Android, Linux on Azure... It's almost as if Microsoft finally got the memo that 'Windows everywhere' can't be a reality any longer.
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One datapoint suggesting that they are playing ball:

Playing ball? It wasn't as if they chose to open source the Hyper-V Linux code as they were forced to submit it because it was discovered that they'd been shipping closed source binaries with a Hyper-V Linux network driver which used statically linked GPL-licenced code.

And the only reason they created the Linux specific virtualization drivers to begin with is because their Hyper-V customers wanted to be able to run Linux efficiently.

Please don't try to paint this as a 'Microsoft did the right thing out of their own accord' thing.

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