CyanogenMod is an open source implementation of Android for smart phones. Android enthusiasts often “root” their phones so that they can modify them, remove commercial software and make them operate however they want rather than what the cell phone carrier or Google wants.
In an odd twist, Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella met with the founders of Cyanogen and is considering investing in CyanogenMod to wrest control of the Android operating system away from Google.
Now, Microsoft has not been known to play nice with open source projects, especially ones that compete with their own products. In this case Windows Phone. Recently Microsoft bought out Nokia who is the largest producer of Windows Phones.
I don’t know how this will play out, but Microsoft’s former attempts at building phones in the Android space were embarrassing, and I’m not sure they yet know what to do with open source software. We will just have to wait and see what happens. Perhaps MS is getting a bit desperate and grasping at straws.