Thanks to free software – Google uses Microsoft’s code

Scott Hanselman noticed in his “The Weekly Source Code” that Google’s new Chrome browser uses Microsoft’s Windows Template Library (WTL) licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL).

Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome. A list of the libraries that Chromium uses is available here:

I wonder if Microsoft will consider it’s free software strategy or not. On the other hand, it might be just what Microsoft wants – to get more application running on Windows than on other operating systems.

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One response to “Thanks to free software – Google uses Microsoft’s code

  1. woot

    You’re missing the point. Microsoft gives this code away because they care deeply about the developer experience on their platform and this code is merely a part of their work to make that experience as good as possible.

    A single application produced by a single company is not even on their radar. Even if the company in question is the much vaunted Microsoft killer Google.

    Beyond that, chances are that these decisions are made in entirely different parts of the company.

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