Linked by Drumhellar on Sat 5th Apr 2014 11:08 UTC
.NET (dotGNU too)

At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it was open sourcing a wide array of its .NET libraries and related technologies and creating a group, the .NET Foundation, to oversee the development and stewardship of the open source components.

Perhaps the highlight of the announcement today was that the company will be releasing its Roslyn compiler stack as open source under the Apache 2.0 license. Roslyn includes a C# and Visual Basic.NET compiler, offering what Microsoft calls a "compiler as a service".

This is more than just a code dump - Microsoft is launching the .NET Foundation, with representatives from Microsoft, GitHub, and Xamarin, among others, to act as stewards for the various related open source projects.

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Sadly this is a means to an end
by charlieg on Sat 5th Apr 2014 11:39 UTC
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Do not forget that Microsoft is a corporation dedicated to making profits. Its behaviour is pathological.

The only reason it will open source stuff is either to reduce costs or to combat trends away from its platforms. I would suspect the latter in this case. Microsoft makes small change from its development software compared to its consumer software and platforms, so wants developers to develop for those and not cross platform or Linux/Mac.

This is little more than an attempt to lure people back to Microsoft (and thus Windows) technology.

Edited 2014-04-05 11:40 UTC

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