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."