MICROSOFT'S POLICY of giving with one hand in order to avoid giving with the other has reached the built-in calculator for Windows which has just been open-sourced on GitHub.
Fans of tinkering with an app that already does exactly what it was designed to do and needs absolutely no changes can download the original source code and do stuff to it, just like a real coder.
The company has taken to releasing piecemeal bits of its flagship operating system since Satya Nadella took charge, presumably in the hope that giving interest parties something to do will distract them from the fact that Windows remains strictly closed source.
Microsoft, which is, er, "excited" about the move, says: "Our goal is to build an even better user experience in partnership with the community. We are encouraging your fresh perspectives and increased participation to help define the future of Calculator."
The calculator app is available for refinement for possible inclusion in a future Windows build, and can even be integrated into existing applications.
It also points out that it's a good opportunity to learn exactly how Microsoft codes its products so you can help shape the future of Windows wish you could help shape the future of Windows and get under the skin of UWP, Azure Pipelines and XAML.
Microsoft will also be open-sourcing custom controls and API extensions to make it easier to bork your own version of Calculator on a ‘clone and go' basis.
Regular users of Calculator who fear the coming of design-by-camel need not worry: "Calculator will continue to go through all usual testing, compliance, security, quality processes, and Insider flighting, just as we do for our other applications."
Microsoft adds: "We are happy to welcome all of you to the Windows Calculator team!"
Microsoft recently announced that future builds will allow users to remove stock apps from their machines for the first time. Calculator is amongst the first.
Erm. Yeah. So, GO TEAM CALCULATOR! μ
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