Microsoft Releases .Net as an Open Source Platform

Microsoft took the development world by storm by open sourcing the full server-side .Net stack as well as expanding .Net to now run on both Linux and Mac OS platforms. Plus, Microsoft also released Visual Studio Community 2013, a core toolset of Visual Basic, as a free tool for developers.

This is a unique move for Microsoft, historically known for keeping its technologies proprietary. Now, by releasing .Net as an open source platform and giving the tools to build .Net applications away for free, it seems Microsoft is trying to attract more developers to learn and develop with the .Net platform.

“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. “Through Visual Studio and .NET we are committed to delivering a comprehensive end-to-end solution for developers to build and manage applications across multiple devices and platforms.”

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Microsoft Releases .Net as an Open Source Platform
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