Why Google and Microsoft open source their projects?

by | Feb 3, 2016

Tech giants are lately releasing the code of many solutions. It seems to be an altruist way of helping the Open Source community, but this supposed change of mind could be part of an enterprise strategy.

Such is the case of Google and Microsoft, that are hitting the headlines and social media for open sourcing some of their products.

Analyzing Google’s steps regarding cloud and container solutions, it seems that they’re open sourcing them in order to promote the paid versions. Kubernetes, Seesaw or TensorFlow free versions are limited or very hard to manage if you’re not an expert, so for most companies it is cheaper to buy them.

Microsoft’s strategy is different. Google tries to drive adoption, but Microsoft releases the code of their cloud projects as a competitive advantage, in order to face more mature solutions. That’s why their Open Source versions are more complete and include more functionalities.

It is clear that the motivations to release Open Source projects are different for companies and for individuals; while it is true that both are very helpful for the community.

Source: InfoWorld



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent posts

VDI: The most secure environment for hybrid working

Today is Data Privacy Day. The purpose of this date is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It was initiated by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the Data Protection authorities of the European Union’s member states. Their main goal was to drive attention to the importance of privacy, user data protection, and compliance of the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD). It is a regulation characterized by significant fines for non-compliance since its implementation in 2018.


Stay up to date with all the news from UDS ENTERPRISE through our social networks. Follow us!

Skip to content