Microsoft will uncloak more of the source code powering its Windows operating system, ostensibly to give system integrators better ability to perform deep security analysis and privacy verification, and to troubleshoot and fine-tune custom Windows applications.
The well-guarded code will be made available under Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative initially to about 150 licensed systems integrators, the company announced on Thursday. Eligible licensees are Gold Support Services certified partners and system integrators with more than 1500 seats of Windows with a level A or B Microsoft premier support agreement.
Earlier this week, the US federal judge overseeing the ongoing antitrust case against the software maker ordered the company to open source code for recent versions of the Windows operating system to nine US states that are plaintiffs in the case. Microsoft's Thursday announcement did not mention the ongoing litigation.