So what's up with Microsoft these days? Was the software giant suddenly hit with an overwhelming dose of good will? CEO Steve Ballmer and company seem to be slowly changing their minds about open source being a "cancer."
Just this week, Redmond made a deal with PHP company Zend Technologies to optimize PHP for Windows Information Server. The multi-year agreement will be rolled out in several phases, according to Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy Bill Hilf.
As a DigitalJournal writer pointed out yesterday, the deal makes great business sense for Microsoft, given that PHP runs more than 2 million Web sites and the software company's servers and tools business contributed one-fourth of its total revenue in the latest quarter.
But we tend to agree with an Ovum analyst, who notes that Redmond will never get too close to open source, and the company will only do what is necessary to remain competitive and/or gain an advantage.
The idea of "coopetion" raises its strange head once again.