Microsoft, instead of turning the lights off on XP, make it open source

By Mark Gibbs, Network World |  Software, Windows XP

If Microsoft was to turn these products loose what would be the penalty to the company? Maybe a few lost sales, but the goodwill and good karma from doing something so positive and constructive with "lifed-out" product lines would be of enormous benefit to society, not to mention to Microsoft's image.

Alas, it's a nice idea, but I doubt whether it will ever happen. While great responsibility might come with great power, not everyone is willing to step up and be counted.

Gibbs is is powered up in Ventura, Calif. Plug in to backspin@gibbs.com and follow him on Twitter (@quistuipater) and on Facebook (quistuipater).

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