October 23, 2003

Microsoft expands 'shared source' effort

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it is expanding its program that allows outsiders access to the company's source code.

The "shared source" program already allows some governments and technology companies access to some Microsoft code. The company is now adding a new
category to those eligible to view its code: so-called Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), individuals who have been recognized by the software maker
for their contributions to Microsoft's online support community.

"I'm a huge fan of the MVPs. They do a great deal to help Microsoft customers," Jim Allchin, Microsoft group vice president, said in a statement.
"Giving them access to one of our most valuable assets, Windows source code, is a testimonial to how much we value this dedicated group of people."

Link: zdnet.com

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