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Jessica Ann Mola

Microsoft releases source code under Apache license

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Microsoft has released the source code for the Web Sandbox runtime under the Apache 2.0 license.

The Sandbox -- which Microsoft's Peter Galli says seeks to "advance the web platform to improve security, isolation, quality of service and extensibility capabilities" for web users -- was revealed in October when Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of the product.

On Jan. 26 the company announced it would release the Web Sandbox source code under the Apache 2.0 license.

From Mary-Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" blog at ZDNet on Jan. 27:

Microsoft has released various pieces of code under bona-fide Open Source Initiative (OSI)-sanctioned open-source licenses over the past few years. When opting to release code under an OSI-approved license, Microsoft has relied most heavily on two of its Shared Source licenses -- the Microsoft Public License and the Microsoft Reciprocal License -- as its vehicles.

According to Foley, "Microsoft has been stepping up its work with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), but the Web Sandbox is not an ASF-endorsed project."

Foley reports that Microsoft joined the ASF last year and donated code to Apache's Stonehenge project at earlier this month.

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