Microsoft and the open source movement have not exactly been seeing eye to eye over the years, but that does not mean they cannot walk hand in hand as partners. Microsoft has taken the opportunity to make a special provision for open source software where their upcoming new Windows Store is concerned, where the the “License to Customer” section of the company’s Windows Store app developer agreement reads, “Your license terms must also not conflict with the Standard Application License Terms, in any way, except if you include FOSS, your license terms may conflict with the limitations set forth in Section 3 of those Terms, but only to the extent required by the FOSS that you use. ‘FOSS’ means any software licensed under an Open Source Initiative Approved License.”
This is in stark contrast to Apple, where Apple issued a rather strongly worded statement as they booted out the open source VLC Media Player from its App Store once the software’s use of the GNU General Public License was delivered to Apple’s attention.
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