November 23, 2016 5:23 pm | Updated 9 months ago.
Microsoft announced today that it is joining hands with the Linux Foundation. This move demonstrates a change in the attitude towards the open source software of the company which was once the standard bearer for the closed source, proprietary development model.
Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie said in an event today that, “We want to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry’s shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice. By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible and intelligent tools and cloud services, we’re helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation.”
Microsoft explained its decision to join the Linux Foundation as part of a broader strategy to work closely with the open source community. Microsoft also said that the move will benefit customers through increased collaboration and innovation throughout the diverse open source ecosystem.
On the other hand, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation said, “By becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum member, Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people. Microsoft has been a key contributor to many projects, and we see the company intensifying its involvement and commitment to open development.”
Date of publication: November 16, 2016