It is true that the news surprised us. The Microsoft along with Apple are two companies for which we all believe they are allergic to open source. However, the company founded by Bill Gates slowly changing attitudes on this issue. First has already obtained the 17th position in terms of the ranking of companies that contribute to the development of the core of Linux (not a typo). Moreover, it has created the Microsoft Open Technologies.
The Microsoft Open Technologies is a subsidiary of Microsoft which will deal exclusively with open source and open standards. The aim is Open Technologies to operate in parallel but independently while the rest of the company and become a channel of communication with the open source community. It will also focus on bridging the technology with other Microsoft that does not belong and the development of open standards and open source.