Embrace and Extend or Open

Here’s a Twilight Zone piece about Microsoft — BBC: Opening up challenges to Microsoft. The writer starts out pretty serious, talking about how Linux is eating into Windows. But then Microsoft tries to”embrace and extend” Linux and, well, you can find out what happens. I liked the piece, actually. These futuristic opinions rarely work out, but what if Microsoft actually opened Windows instead of trying to embrace and extend Linux? What would that look like? I’ve seen some calls for Microsoft to open earlier versions of Windows, but why … why not just open Vista?