Microsoft has announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) patent group, which was created to protect Linux software from unscrupulous users. As a result of this alliance, members of the OIN community received open (free) access to more than 60, 000 patents of the Internet giant.
For reference, OIN is primarily a licensed platform for Linux patents used by 2, 400 companies. Among her clients, in addition to hundreds of individual developers, are large companies such as IBM, Google and others, all of whom have free access to her published patents.
Of course, joining the OIN is also a landmark event for Microsoft, whose leadership, until recently, did not consider joining open source developers. Now, thanks to such a broad gesture, tens of thousands of Microsoft's once paid software products are in the public domain. Among them are TypeScript, Visual Studio Code, NET Core and others.
This does not undermine the financial interests of the company, since the rest, most of Microsoft's patents (Windows, various applications and services) are still proprietary and must be paid for.