Our good fried Ina Fried over at c|net posted a nice story about Microsoft’s latest innovation. A tool created to help install Windows 7 on netbooks apparently mysteriously ended up being based on the ImageMaster open source project. Yup, now their passing open source code off as their own (guess Apple didn’t have anything they could rip off for this one).
I’m sure that MSFT would have done the right thing even if the blinding light of the tech press hadn’t been pointed at them but they are deflecting blame onto some anonymous “third party” who is supposed to been contracted to develop the tool in question. No names, natch.
Having been caught realized their terrible mistake, Microsoft have claimed that they are going to do the right thing and released the source code for the USB/DVD tool back into the open source community (hope someone is going to track that!). Strangely enough, the original ImageMaster project is now no longer to be found on CodePlex – Hmmmmm. Innovated out of existence.