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Microsoft will be active at the Open Source Business Conference, acting
as a sponsor and providing a keynote speaker. The software giant is
continuing its drive to position itself as an ally of open source and to
support open-source projects on Windows.
Microsoft plans to make a substantial showing at the upcoming Open
Source Business Conference, in a continuation of the software giant's
campaign to make nice with open source and support open-source projects
In a blog post, Peter Galli, open-source community manager at Microsoft,
laid out some of what the company will do at the OSBC event that runs
March 17 to 18 in San Francisco.
For starters, Microsoft will be a Platinum sponsor of the event and will
call on one of its emerging stars to keynote. Stuart McKee, Microsoft's
national technology officer for the United States, will deliver a
keynote on March 18.
According to Galli:
"In his keynote, titled "Open Source at Microsoft: Meeting customer,
developer and partner needs through a diversified ecosystem," McKee will
talk about the opportunities for open source applications running on and
with Microsoft platformsâ€”from Windows, to SharePoint to
Azureâ€”and how increased flexibility and choice for the consumers of
these technologies is good for everyone involved."
Galli added, "As U.S. national technology officer, [McKee] is
responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business
strategies for the U.S. Public Sector State and Local segment."
In short, McKee is something of a big gun for Microsoft. Galli said,
"Prior to joining Microsoft, [McKee] served as the director of the
Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) on Governor
Gary Locke's executive cabinet. ... [And he] also worked as the vice
president of Global Internet Operations for the Walt Disney Company,
where he directed operations for a number of the Internet's most visible
sites, including ESPN.com, Disney.com, ABCNews.com and Go.com."
Also on March 18, Brian Goldfarb, Microsoft's lead product manager for
Web Platform and Tools, will take part in a panel called, "The Web Is
the Platform," as will Chris Blizzard from Mozilla, Dion Almaer of Palm
and Dave McAllister of Adobe, Galli said.