At Microsoft’s developer conference Connect 2016, being held in New York, the company announced that Google has joined as a member in .NET Foundation Technical Steering Group. Formed in March 2016, the group encourages open source development in and out of Microsoft. In the same event Microsoft has announced joining the Linux Foundation as a card holding Platinum member.
The announcement was made at Connect developer event on Monday by Microsoft. Both Microsoft and Linux has joined hands to release a database software which will perform seamlessly on Linux. Something which Oracle Corp has been master at for long. Developing database software, which will run on a rival OS, apparently testifies Microsoft’s interest to work with it contemporaries, a surprising change for a company which has long been reserved to ventures.
From the time Satya Nadella held the position of CEO at Microsoft in 2014, a lot of things has been evolved in the way Microsoft used to function earlier. The company has become more open with its earlier reserved strategies. Microsoft has already collaborated with Linux to develop projects like OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative
Google being welcomed officially on board with .NET Foundation is definitely surprising, after both Google and Microsoft has been embroiled in legal battle against each other in the past. A report on Forbes says, Microsoft developed a Youtube-like video playing application to run on Windows phone, which was blocked by Google. Both the giants have also been involved in disagreements over Android patents as well. However, the duo decided to sort out their differences and run a healthy competition, after they end all their legal battles in April this year. (ALSO READ: Microsoft to buy LinkedIn : All you need to know about the $26 billion enterprise deal)
Prior to this, Microsoft and Linux have not shared very cordial relations in the market. The market has changed and thanks to open source projects taking the front seat, such collaboration are welcome and is for the benefit of the end-users. The change led by Microsoft’s leading man Nadella is largely responsible due to the cloud services offered by the company.
Announcements of merging and collaborating are welcoming, looking at Microsoft’s restricted business strategies till now. These ventures will certainly sum up to better progress and development in the space of open computing. Also, Microsoft will be joining hand with Samsung to facilitate .NET developers build apps for Samsung devices.