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code.talks 2019 – From the Cathedral to the Bizarre: Microsoft’s Open Source Journey



by Martin Woodward

When Martin Woodward joined Microsoft ten years ago, open source was still “a cancer”. But a decade later, the world has changed. Software isn’t eating the world anymore, now open source is eating the world, GitHub has become the largest developer community on the planet and Microsoft is one of the largest contributors to open source. It doesn’t matter if you are a hobbiest, a start-up, a bank, if you are flying rockets to the planets or even taking pictures of a black hole, open source is now vital to how you collaborate and build software. Martin will explain how he witnessed his company pivot to understand and accept open source, and share how even the unlikeliest companies can learn to use and contribute open source successfully, and how to apply the open source ideologies of openness and collaboration “within your firewall” to empower your organization to achieve more.

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