Ostatic posed four Open Source related questions to three key Microsoft people: Sam Ramji (Director of the Open Source Labs), Ori Amiga (Live Developer Platform Group Product Manager), and Susan Hauser (General Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing). The questions were:
- Microsoft has, in the past, employed key open source development concepts such as modular architectures in its own products. Do you foresee more of this, including developing directly on top of existing open source platforms?
- What do you think is missing in the open source community as a whole? Better marketing for commercial efforts? Better compatibility?
- Does Microsoft’s recently announced Live Mesh platform have implications that the open source community ought to know about?
- What goals do you have for Microsoft’s interoperability alliance with Novell, and what’s behind the goal of converting Linux users in the Chinese market to SUSE Linux Enterprise?