Microsoft Gets Sweeter On SugarCRM, Open Source
Microsoft’s Windows 7 team — and the IT channel — should take a close look at the Windows Server team’s open source strategy, which continues to impress The VAR Guy. The latest move: Microsoft has made SugarCRM (a popular open source CRM platform) available for free download from the Windows Web App Gallery Site. Here’s the scoop.
First, some background. SugarCRM in 2008 landed on The Open Source 50, which tracks the most promising open source partner programs. While most VARs are still getting to know SugarCRM, the company has been on Microsoft’s radar since 2006.
According to a SugarCRM spokeswoman:
SugarCRM and Microsoft have had a partnership since 2006. With a strong Windows user community, Sugar Community Edition has grown to be one of the most used CRM applications in the world due to its ease-of-use, open standards and ability to run across platforms. Sugar Community Edition is currently used by more than 55,000 companies and 600,000 users.
Now, that community might grow — thanks to SugarCRM’s inclusion in Microsoft’s Windows Web App Gallery.
No doubt, Microsoft has spent recent years embracing and certifying open source applications on Windows Server. The so-called “WAMP” strategy aims to have Windows replace Linux in the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc.) software stack.
Windows 7 Team: Listen Up
It’s a smart strategy. In fact, the Windows 7 desktop team should leverage the same strategy, The VAR Guy believes.
Here’s the challenge: During the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft actually promoted Corel — yes, that Corel — as a leading ISV writing Windows 7 applications. Yawn. No offense to Corel, but aren’t there any other exciting ISVs writing Windows desktop applications these days?
Sure, most application development has shifted to the web. But there are also hundreds — thousands? — of open source applications that run well on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and soon Windows 7. Heck, even the Microsoft Office team is talking up FireFox browser support for Office 2010’s hosted release (called Office Web).
Time for the Windows 7 team to do the same. Learn from the Windows Server-SugarCRM example. Talk up open source applications for Windows 7.