What’s the real reason Microsoft and Google are releasing open source?

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When individuals release open source projects, their motivations are often altruistic. Their intention is to give back to the community, get as many people as possible to help improve the project, or just to release what they think is a useful tool to others.

Although the general perception of open source has definitely advanced sinceMicrosoft’s “un-American” comments, the best companies are not open sourcing things for the altruism. There are real, strategic reasons hidden behind the warm and fuzzy glow of open source.

Google and Microsoft are good examples of this.

Read the source article at InfoWorld