In Pictures: 11 things Microsoft is actually doing right

From Office to Hyper-V to Azure, the much-maligned 'dying dinosaur' has a lot going for it as the Ballmer era winds down

2. Microsoft is warming to open source Microsoft has come a long way in its stance toward open source since Ballmer famously called Linux a "cancer" in 2001. While far from open source-friendly, Microsoft has become more amenable to open source -- good not only for Microsoft but the tech industry at large.

The company launched CodePlex for hosting open source projects, has provided sponsorship to the Apache Software Foundation, created a subsidiary in 2012 to engage with open source projects, and even embraced Git, the source code management tool developed by Microsoft menace Linus Torvalds. The company has also shifted from its proprietary Silverlight video streaming platform to HTML5 and JavaScript, and it supports Linux and other open source software on its Azure platform.

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