Microsoft's $6 billion Open Source play

This month's announcement by Microsoft to acquire digital marketing services firm aQuantive has revealed little on how the companies will integrate their IT, but inside information indicates the deal may be Redmond's largest commitment to free software.

The parent company of Avenue A Razorfish, Atlas, and DRIVEpm, aQuantive is regarded as the second choice behind the now Google-owned DoubleClick in the online advertising space.

Microsoft's $6 billion Open Source play.