One of Microsoft’s fiercest old rivals says it’s undergone a ‘complete inversion’

At this point, Microsoft’s long-time hatred of the free Linux operating system is well-documented — the company spent years aggressively competing with any free software that would threaten its Windows cash cow.

And yet, Linux went on to become one of the most important pieces of software in the world, loved both by programmers for its sheer power and big companies by simple virtue of being free.

Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has come around and started to redouble its embrace of Linux and its ilk. Most recently, Microsoft made waves by announcing that Windows 10 will soon get a limited superpower to run Linux software. That’s a big deal when it comes to winning over developers.