Though the shift of .NET to complete open source would not have even dreamt of under the first two CEOs, The new regime of Microsoft now is gradually exhaling the breadth of hostility towards openness and inhales the fresh fragrance of freedom from open source community. The reception of Microsoft to the open source community was deliberate and warm, and it marks a milestone moment for Microsoft as it announces the open sourcing of the entire .NET framework and recognizes the reality that open-source model of software is ought to be the future.
Microsoft divulges that as a part of open source version of .NET, it intends to make framework cross platform so that developers could craft .NET application that can run on either Linux or Mac OS. Though the .NET foundation created by Microsoft has come up with several initiatives to strengthen the future of .NET ecosystem by endorsing openness, community participation and rapid innovation, this news marks the realization of Microsoft’s aggressive move of attracting developers who are working in variety of open-source technologies to build cloud applications comprising of multiple components. Hence now both the .NET and Azure team is comfortable with Microsoft’s cross platform programming model.
The advent of this new collaboration is not an attempt to add nickels and dim to the software development world but a real push in the relationship as a whole in the IT industry for triggering a tremendous growth. Now it will not be strange to say that the newbies to the world of software development will read with a bit astonishment that there was a period in the span of software development where the coders used propriety tools to craft applications which many not function across myriad environments.
S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft rightly remarked that this move to open source .NET comes from a “fundamental realization of where the world is” and what application development now looks like,
When the whole world gets enlightened by the immense possibilities of open source, The Linux world is in the treasure-trove enjoying the reality right from the inception of the Free software movement.