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Microsoft open sources .Net, takes it to rival OS

Posted: 14 Nov 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:.Net  open source  Linux  Android 

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella has proven once again that he is not afraid of big changes, making bold moves for the company that is still struggling to make its mark in online computing.

On Wednesday, Microsoft reinforced its commitment to cross-platform developer experiences by open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms.

"With billions of devices in the market today, developers need tools that target many different form factors and platforms," said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president, Developer Division, Microsoft.

Delivering on its promise to support cross-platform development, Microsoft is providing the full .NET server stack in open source, including ASP.NET, the .NET compiler, the .NET Core Runtime, Framework and Libraries, enabling developers to build with .NET across Windows, Mac or Linux. Through this implementation, Microsoft will work closely with the open source community, taking contributions for future improvements to .NET and will work through the .NET Foundation.

"A strong, open source, cross-platform CLR opens significant new options for building large server-based systems," said Brian McCallister, chief technology officer, Groupon. "This significantly expands the choices developers have when finding the right tool to solve their problem. I'm very excited to have access to the quality virtual machine and tooling of the CLR without having to completely rework our production infrastructure in order to run it!"

The move is one of the biggest changes Microsoft has undergone since Nadella took over.

Just recently, the company released mobile versions of its Office applications—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—which are available for both iOS and Android users. Microsoft also introduced a free version of its Windows OS dubbed as "Windows for Internet of Things," a move seen as a response to Google's open source Android OS.

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