Could this be the first step for Microsoft to go open source? The sorce code for the .NET framework libraries will be provided in .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 release later this year, which is, really, not too far away.
From ScottGu’s Blog:
We’ll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows). We’ll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ). The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).
* BTW, microsoft office will go open source by 2017.