Professionalization in this field would be a bright prospect. Microsoft could dismantle potential obstacles by introducing clear structures and licensing rights. On the other hand, though, the idea behind investments in this magnitude is rarely charitable, and users of the platform are certain to believe, at the back of their minds at least, that the giant from Redmond will attempt to sell its own developer software.
The takeover will automatically mean an enlarged business field that can bring significant progress for knowledge workers, as well as in regard to code resources.
And the opportunity to address a new – so far generally skeptical – target group might contribute significantly to Microsoft’s future efforts in the area of open source. But only the coming months will show what precisely the acquisition will mean for developers and companies that use the code.
Nonetheless, it is important to clarify the potentials and risks at this stage already, especially if a company is considering the use of open source software as an alternative to Microsoft products. In this case it would be well worth the effort to analyze the requirements that are placed in the software and its licensing terms as early as possible.