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Old 01-23-2003, 12:19 PM   #1
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Exclamation Microsoft's source code has been released!

Microsoft has released their source code to te Russian Government......the Russian Government!?

CNN Article

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia has become the first country to get its hands on one of the world's most closely guarded corporate secrets -- Microsoft Corp's blueprint for its computer programmes, the software giant said on Monday.

The U.S. software giant announced last week it would unveil its source code to governments to help them protect state software used for tracking personal data, taxes and ensuring national security.

"Russia is the first country to sign such an agreement with us, but it will not be the only one," said Olga Dergunova, managing director of Microsoft's Moscow office.

Microsoft wooing governments
Signing on to Microsoft's Government Security Programme will allow Russia, and any other signatory, to weave its own technology into Microsoft's Windows platform and adapt Windows to its needs and test its ability to fend off hackers.

With this move, Microsoft aims to strengthen its position in government markets, where it faces growing competitive pressure from free open-source software.

Russia, long considered one of the world's most secretive countries itself, in February will receive the first portions of the code -- a sequence of letters and numbers roughly 30 million lines long.

'Full code, with no omissions'
It was not immediately clear what projects the government intended to use the code for.

"Russia's chief demand was to get access to Microsoft's full code, with no omissions," said Yevgeny Karavayeshnikov, head of the FAPSI state intelligence and surveillance agency, which had authorized the agreement on behalf of the Russian government.

To woo governments, Microsoft has said it will make its source code mainly available to them over the Internet and for free, provided they do not disclose it.

Compiled or turned into electronic language understood only by machines, the code is expected to be made available to more than 60 governments and agencies worldwide, including the NATO defense alliance.
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