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Mar 28 2008   3:14PM GMT

Microsoft in Eclipse? It could happen

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Given all of the apparent love flowing from Microsoft to its new-found open source allies and given that Microsoft’s go-to open soruce guy Sam Ramji keynoted at the recent EclipseCon 2008 conference, the obvious question is: Will Microsoft join The Eclipse Foundation?

Ramji listened politely and said it was not something under consideration. Funny. BEA Systems once said the same thing and look where they are now!

He then also quoted physicist Niels Bohr “who has a few more Nobel prizes than most of us.” Bohr once famously said  that predictions are difficult, “especially if they’re about the future.”

But finally Ramji deferred to the Eclipse Foundation’s executive director Mike Milinkovich: “He said Microsoft would probably join before Sun will,” said Ramji.

So that leaves the door open then.

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