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Why Microsoft Is Investing In Android And Open Source

Microsoft’s part in a $US70m investment in CyanogenMod has raised many eyebrows: why is Microsoft investing in a popular version of the Android mobile phone operating system, when it has its own competing Windows Phone product? The firm’s motivations behind investing in the most open version of the Android operating system have justifiably made open-source advocates decidedly nervous.


Carhacking: Why Your Computerised Car Could Actually Be Less Secure

Theft of vehicles is about as old as the notion of transport — from horse thieves to carjackers. No longer merely putting a brick through a window, vehicle thieves have continually adapted to new technology, as demonstrated by a new method to steal a car without the need to be anywhere near it.


Microsoft Moves Roslyn To GitHub

Last year, Microsoft made its Roslyn .NET compiler project open source. While it was originally hosted on Microsoft’s own CodePlex site, Microsoft has now shifted it to GitHub.


What Microsoft's Shift To Open Source For .NET Means

In a move that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, Microsoft has made its development platform freely available and ready to support not only Windows, but Macs, Linux and Apple, and Google’s mobile phone platforms. Microsoft will now be working with organisations like Xamarin who have been providing a version of this platform across different mobile operating systems for some time but doing so without explicit and direct support from Microsoft.


Wyvern Wants To Be One Language To Type Them All

Building apps has always required melding together disparate technologies, and that’s especially true in the current mobile/web environment. Wyvern is a prototype programming language that aims to enable type-specific languages, so you can create user-defined types with new syntax.


Microsoft Adds Open Source CMake Support For Windows Developers

Code reuse is a core goal for most mobile app developers — who wants to rewrite everything for multiple platforms? If you’re a user of CMake, that process just became a little easier, with support added for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps.


The Microsoft Office Open XML SDK Is Now Open Source

Open XML is the format which Microsoft Office has used to store Office documents since Office 2007, If you’re a developer trying to exploit those formats, the task may now be a little easier: Microsoft has made its Open XML software development kit (SDK) an open source project.


Tasks Is A Near-Perfect Astrid Clone

Android: Tasks: Astrid To-Do List Clone (to use its full name) is, as the name suggests, a clone based on the source code for now-defunt open source task manager Astrid. It aims to bring back some of the functionality of that beloved lost to-do app.


Microsoft Expands Open Source Plans With Roslyn, .NET Foundation

Back in 2011, Microsoft launched Roslyn, a project to expose its .NET Compiler as a series of services. Now that project has gone open source, alongside a move by Microsoft to group all its open source activities under a new banner: the .NET Foundation.


Download The Source Code For MS-DOS And Word For Windows Right Now

So this is unexpected and very cool: Microsoft has released the source code for the original versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows.