It never fails to amaze me how one event in the Internet industry can lead to other events. Just two weeks ago, we saw the release of Google Chrome – Google’s open source web browser.
To the layman or the small time businessman (me! ) we all think that “Oh, Google is out to take over the browser market and Microsoft must be enraged!”
I realized that that is such small thinking. Really. I thought that was it. I had that thinking… until I read today’s ZDNet Article Google steals Microsoft code and you should cheer:
Both Google and Microsoft have drawn enormous benefits from Chrome. Google has gotten a place at the browser table. Microsoft has a new browser under Windows, and its open source code may be a key reason why that is so.
Chrome was built with the Windows Template Library which has been open source since 2004, and the fact that Google has made Chrome open source also has quite a few implications, according to the article.
… These are concepts Microsoft can now use to improve Internet Explorer, because Chrome is open source…. All this provides an important lesson to the rest of us. While proprietary companies may be to-the-death adversaries, open source changes the rules of that game in fundamental ways.
The stories behind the two words “open source” are really really fascinating… not only because it allows free and stable software, but from it, we can learn how markets work – how two companies which are obvious competitors can still collaborate in the same market.
So, the big question here is: Will Microsoft embrace open source and make the next version of Internet Explorer open source? Well… from the looks of it, I doubt so. At least, the people from the IE blog don’t seem too excited about the idea – that’s what I can see. 😉