SEE: Linux not Windows: Why Munich is shifting back from Microsoft to open source – again Smith also discussed the limits of app-based COVID-19 contact tracing, which Apple and Google have jointly supported with tools that allow mobile apps to use Bluetooth to detect the proximity of other devices.
SEE: Top five open source Linux server distributions (TechRepublic Premium) "Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source exploded at the beginning of the century, and I can say that about me personally," he said in a talk about hot computing topics at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Ballmer has since made peace with open source, and now Smith, who was one of Microsoft's top lawyers during its war on open source, has admitted he too was wrong about its approach to technology.
Microsoft president and chief legal counsel Brad Smith has taken his turn at admitting Microsoft's former stance on open source put it on the "wrong side of history".
Microsoft's Brad Smith: "Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source exploded at the beginning of the century."