Microsoft's general manager for interoperability strategy team, Jean Paoli, told that the Microsoft's previous criticism of open source software was a 'mistake' and now the company 'loves' open source software. He also admitted that Microsoft"s stance in the past has not always been helpful.
"We love open source and we have worked with open source for a long time now," said Jean Paoli.
Paoli told that company was committed to open standards and had embraced a number of schemes to help promote open source initiatives.
Earlier in 2001, Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, described Linux, the open source operating system, as a 'cancer' that threatened his company"s intellectual property. Later in 2007 Microsoft accused Linux and other open source providers of violating more than 200 of its patents.