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Microsoft goes increasingly cross platform and open source – what does this mean for you?

Date: January 8, 2015 Author: Stephan Buys Category: Article Technology Tags: , Comments: 0

Microsoft goes increasingly cross platform and open source - what does this mean for you?

Microsoft goes increasingly cross platform and open source - what does this mean for you?

Within the last month, Microsoft has been increasingly open about its plans for the future. One of the most significant developments is that the company has pledged to make more of its .net software open source, and to make it available on several platforms, such as Linux.

So what does this mean for you?

2014 was certainly a great year for open source software, as more and more people started downloading software from the web. In brief, open source software is software that can be shared and used freely across the web, and free of charge too. Fewer and fewer people are having to pay money in order to download the latest software for their computers and other devices, and that can only be a good thing.

The fact that Microsoft aims to make its open source software suitable for Linux and various Mac operating systems is also a positive development. In 2014, Linux was the most popular, and according to many studies the best performing operating system. This looks set to continue into 2015.

Using open source software responsibly.

It can be so exciting when you find software that you need on the web. However, it is important to make sure that your open source software is licensed before you download and use it. Microsoft is always very good with licensing its software, so make sure to check for a license as then you can be sure it is genuine.

Otherwise, you open yourself to the risk of software bugs. Perhaps you heard of Heartbleed, the terrifying virus that devastated the computers of several million people throughout the world just last year? Many people trustingly downloaded Heartbleed because it looked like it came from a reliable open source software source. If in doubt, contact an IT support company!

So the bottom line is: be excited about this new development from Microsoft. It means that, for instance, Mac users will be able to enjoy some of the latest new releases from this top performing tech company. Just make sure that you use your common sense, and quickly check for a software license before you download to ensure it's genuine.

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