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Sam Ramji: Spring 2009 Colloquium Series | Michigan State University

Open Source at Microsoft: The Past, Present and Future

AT&T Visiting Lecturer
MSU Libraries, Computing & Technology

Spring 2009 CSE Colloquium Series

Sam RamjiSam Ramji

Senior Director of Platform Strategy
Microsoft Corporation

Friday, May 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
147 Communication Arts & Sciences Building

Host: Titus Brown


Since Microsoft established its Open Source Lab in Redmond more than five years ago, it has worked with many open source players to make Windows the best platform for all applications to run on. But this has not been without its challenges and there is a lot more work to be done on this front. This talk will cover the thinking behind Microsoft's current open source strategy and what this means for the software engineers of the future. It will also spotlight some innovative Open Source projects the company is supporting at universities across the world.


Sam Ramji is the Senior Director of Platform Strategy leading Microsoft's platform strategy efforts across the company, including long-term strategic planning in the Windows Server and Tools organization. Sam's primary focus is to drive Microsoft's Linux and Open Source Strategy, working together with Microsoft technology development teams and open source communities to build interoperable solutions.

Prior to his current role at Microsoft, Sam was a Director of Emerging Business working on the Silicon Valley Campus where he managed relationships with Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Microsoft, Sam led technical product strategy at BEA Systems, engineering teams building large-scale applications on Open Source software (at as well as hands-on development of client, client-server, and distributed applications on Unix, Windows, and Macintosh at prior companies.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is a member of the Institute for Generative Leadership.