Did you know that Microsoft had its own version of Sourceforge? I didn’t. It is called Codeplex and people host open source projects there. In the last one year, it has grown by leaps and bounds. It now has over 120k registered users and 7,500 projects. Other stats are impressive as well:
Visits to the Website more than doubled to top 19-million in 2008, while new registered users were up more than 70 percent to over 66,000 and the number of new projects more than doubled to 4,542 over the year.
It probably would have been great if some portions of Windows or completely, it could be open to either open source or to community effort for some cool work.
Hopefully, Codeplex will be the first and one of the many steps of Microsoft in the area of Open Source.