Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) hires its tormentor from Oracle (ORCL)
Wim Coekaerts has jumped ship to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s side and that is a reprieve although the hiring appears have been done secretly. When Coekaerts joined Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL), he led the walk out from Windows environment for Oracle’s engineers to Linux. Then he turned Oracle into something like a Linux powerhouse, earning himself the distinction of Mr. Linux.
By the time he left Oracle, Coekaerts was the SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at the company. From Oracle, Coekaerts has joined Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), a company that has spent the recent years trying to project a friendly image of itself. It is a Microsoft that is more open to open-sourcing and outside collaboration than before.
With Coekaerts on board at Microsoft, many see a major win for open-source community. It was Coekaerts whose efforts gave way for Oracle Linux. It all began by transitioning Oracle’s programming staff to Linux from Windows. Microsoft didn’t like what Coekaerts was doing to it at Oracle, but it apparently liked his perspective of open-source technology.
Hiring Coekaerts may not help Microsoft undo the damage it suffered by losing Oracle sockets to Linux, but it has now an opportunity to play a greater role in open sourcing. According to Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Enterprise Cloud, Mike Neil, Coekaerts is joining them as the VP of Open Source in the Enterprise Cloud Group.
What’s Coekaerts coming to do at Microsoft?
At Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Coekaerts’ work is already cut out. He will immediately focus on boosting Microsoft’s contribution, innovation and engagement and innovation to the open-source community.
It should be pointed out that Microsoft under Satya Nadella is embracing open-source projects in unprecedented ways. Perhaps the greatest of them all is the addition of Ubuntu to Microsoft’s Windows 10.
As Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) vies for a larger share of the enterprise cloud market and seeking to appeal open-source community in the same breath, Coekaerts is certainly a perfect move for the company.
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