Microsoft is looking for a new Director of Open-Source Strategy. A Linkedin search popped up on the 5th suggesting that Redmond might be reacting to new developments in the Linux market.
Speaking as a Linux and Windows user, for the last several years MS has had very little to worry about in the general adoption of Linux for the desktop. While there will always be the hardcore Linux user group and the people that flirt with its use for specific purposes. It was not until the launch of the netbook that Linux found an outlet to the regular consumer.
Also disturbing to MS are the improvements to the Ubuntu and the launch of the Ubuntu Desktop edition that make it more modern and easier to use by the mainstream user. Ubuntu is a popular Linux distro for first time linux users as it is one of the easier distros to work with.
These improvements and the easy availability of Linux on Netbooks and Nettops mean Microsoft has to change its strategy in dealing with them.
It seems they are recognizing this and looking to get some fresh ideas in this department.
Linked in search