Yes, Microsoft Just Joined the Linux Foundation

Microsoft’s commitment to open-source reached a new high Wednesday when the company announced it’s joining the Linux Foundation. The company that once sought to build a wall around its proprietary software kingdom will now join corporations like Intel, Huawei and Samsung as high-paying Platinum Level members of the foundation, according to TechCrunch. The Linux Foundation…

Microsoft Open-Sources Azure Container Services Engine

Microsoft on Monday announced a number of updates to Azure Container Services that it says will make the container service more open and flexible. First up: The Kubernetes cloud orchestrator is now available in preview for Azure Container Services. This gives ACS customers a choice of orchestration technologies, with support for DC/OS, Swarm and Kubernetes.…

LinkedIn Exec: Microsoft Acquisition Won’t Slow Open-Sourcing

With Microsoft’s announcement in June that it will spend $26 billion to acquire LinkedIn, some developers might wonder whether the social network will continue its longstanding practicing of open-sourcing much of its technology. If Vice President of Engineering Igor Perisic has anything to say about it, the answer looks like a resounding yes. In an…

Microsoft Open-Sources Xamarin SDK, Adds New Developer Tools

Microsoft today announced that it has open-sourced the Xamarin SDK for iOS, Android and Mac, making good on a promise it made during Build 2016. The source code released to the .NET Foundation under the MIT license includes native API bindings for all three platforms, command line tools and Xamarin.Forms, the company’s cross-platform UI framework.…

How to Build a Microsoft Band App When You Don’t Have a Band

Want to try your hand at building apps for Microsoft Band, but don’t actually own the device? Or perhaps you just don’t want to worry about keeping your Band nearby or charged up. Two Microsoft developers in the UK have created code that mimics the official Microsoft Band SDK, allowing them to generate band data…

Apple Makes Swift Open Source – But Not For The App Store

It’s not too often that we hear about open source projects from Apple, but today they have announced that they are open sourcing the Swift programming language.  The version released today will work on Linux Ubuntu as well as OSX.  Will this eventually mean Swift for Windows or Android? Apple will still be leading the…

Microsoft Releases MSBuild as Open Source on GitHub

Microsoft has announced the availability of the the MSBuild tool source code on GitHub as part of their dotnetConf online virtual conference. Microsoft has added another key tool to their .NET Foundation Open Source library with the release of MSBuild on GitHub.  MSBuild is the build system used by Visual Studio, TFS, and Visual Studio…

Interview with Matthew Gertz

Kathleen Dollard talks to Matthew Gertz, Principal Development Manager of Visual Studio Managed Languages at Microsoft about how they are becoming more transparent, ways in which the open source developer community helps Microsoft make better products, and the future of Roslyn.  

Software Development Guidelines to Live By

Not too long ago I posted a tweet that immediately went viral. (OK, it’s all relative – to me 66 retweets and 120 favorites is viral.)  It referred to Microsoft’s Engineering Guidelines for contributing to its open-source repository on GitHub for the next version of its web development platform, ASP.NET 5. You may be familiar…

Interview with John Robbins

In this video we interview John Robbins about a new and open Microsoft, the potential of Roslyn, and how debugging has changed over the years. John Robbins is a cofounder of Wintellect, where he heads up the consulting and debugging services side of the business. He also travels the world teaching his Mastering .NET Debugging…

Microsoft Releases CoreCLR Source Code on GitHub

Microsoft has released more of it’s .NET stack into the open source world today as it makes the core .NET execution engine available on its GitHub repository. Microsoft has made a substantial contribution to its .NET open source repository today adding the CoreCLR source code to the existing CoreFX libraries.  This contribution represents nearly 2.5M lines…

.NET Open Source Explained

In a recently posted video on Channel 9, Microsoft’s Immo Landwerth and David Kean explain the reasoning behind making .NET Open Source. In this video, Dan Hernandez talks to Immo Landwerth and David Kean from the .NET Framework team to explain the thinking that went into the decision to open source the .NET Framework as…
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