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Microsoft Rumoured to be Taking 100% Control of Mono

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 12:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Xamarin, the company which interjects Microsoft into Linux/Android, may soon be acquired by Microsoft, suggest unnamed sources which spoke to CRN

ACCORDING TO some scoops and Microsoft PR at ZDNet or other Microsoft boosters, Miguel de Icaza‘s life-long dream of working for Microsoft — not just indirectly but also directly — is about to come true if rumours are true and the negotiations bear fruit. This is an opportunity for Microsoft to dump another load of cash on Mr. de Icaza, who has served Microsoft for many years, even by disrupting the FOSS community in all kinds of ways. Readers tell us that Mr. de Icaza gloated about becoming rich in this way.

According to the news/rumours, Xamarin, which is pushing .NET into Android and Linux (we covered this dozens of times before), found interest from Microsoft, which is of course busy right now trying to bastardise Android (not just through Nokia) [1-3] or ‘pull an OS/2 on it’ [4-8]. “Microsoft could be planning to acquire or put some money in a company that makes tools for creating mobile apps in C#,” said one site. It’s citing CRN, which cites “unnamed sources”. As we explained before, there is already plenty of Microsoft ‘DNA’ inside Xamarin and venture capitalists behind Xamarin are closely connected to Microsoft (many are former Microsoft managers). Mono already has some Microsoft code in it, as well as Microsoft licences.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    March 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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    A lot of people have been getting mono through naively installing Keepass

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