Microsoft has taken advantage of its Connect(); event in New
York City to blow the tech world’s collective minds and drop jaws
community-wide. By now, you will have heard that Microsoft has joined the nonprofit
As a platinum member of the Foundation, the traditionally
closed-source Microsoft is pledged to contribute a minimum of $500K annually to
the Foundation’s open-source projects. In further evidence of its pro-Linux
shift, Microsoft revealed a preview of the next SQL Server, designed for both
Windows and Linux. The Linux version may not be quite as feature-rich, but
that it should be mostly interchangeable with the Windows version.
Not that this is Microsoft’s first big move toward either
working with Linux or going open source. Microsoft has been working with Linux
more and more in recent years, collaborating on the development of its
hypervisor and incorporating the Linux Bash shell in Windows 10, for example.
It has also contributed to projects like the Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight,
and OpenAI, the last of which will soon be using Microsoft’s new N-Series
Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services to experiment
with artificial intelligence.
At Microsoft Connect(); 2014, the company announced .NET
would be released open source on GitHub in a huge turnaround from its normally
proprietary practices. June saw this plan come to fruition. For those of you
intending to take advantage of it, check out Syncfusion’s latest e-book, .NET
And, of course, Visual Studio Code was released open source
to GitHub last year. This year, though, the buzz surrounds the release of
Visual Studio 2017 RC. According to Microsoft, the new version has improved the
ease of installation, upgrading, and booting; increased speed and performance;
and decreased memory usage, among many other improvements.
It’s always good to see big companies investing in
technology that benefits everyone. Are you using any of these open source
projects? Have you tried out the new release candidate for Visual Studio? Let
us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.