It has just been announced that Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation.
Linux’s arch-rivalry is turning into a friendship as Microsoft recently announced the new partnership on Nov. 16, 2016, in New York.
Microsoft has announced that their next version of their SQL server will be for Windows and Linux. Google also joins in on .Net foundation, and furthermore, Microsoft also announced that they are releasing their largely popular software, Visual Studio, for Apple computers, as well.
I double checked that it wasn’t April, so it can’t be an April fool’s joke. I also walked outside this morning with my coffee in hand, and the sun wasn’t rising from the west. But all jokes aside, the announcement of Microsoft joining the open source industry, Linux Foundation, is taking the world by great surprise. Why the sudden expansion for an already profitable company?
The large technology giant, Microsoft, has openly hated the concept of open source. However, in recent years, their new CEO, Satya Nadella, is now joining their long-time nemesis in building a better future for technology – together!
Does “If you can’t beat them, join them,” spring to mind?
Linux was originally developed in order to fight against Microsoft’s closed source architecture, all the while breaking the hinges of hegemony over regular desktop computing. For those who remember, Bill Gates spent a lot of time back in the 90s, building his brand as a major competitor over Linux.
Back in March, Microsoft also announced their release of an open “Public View Edition” of their SQL server database, in which they have made generously available to Linux-based operating servers.
For those that are SQL server running Linux, you can download a copy of the Microsoft’s SQL database here. While this edition is a public view, it is also a major aspect of the full version that will soon be launched in Microsoft’s next SQL server version. The world will anticipate this new server launch as it will be the first server to operate on both Linux and Windows.
Going over to Microsoft’s .NET Foundation, Google is joining in on the .NET Foundation. Google is not the only company looking into joining it either. In fact, Samsung is collaborating with Microsoft, bringing the .NET Foundation to the traditional Tizen Operating System. This new collaboration will provide future developments for the Smart TV, as well as mobile devices, such as your smart phone or tablets.
And closing this article off, Microsoft is also releasing a version of their Visual Studio for Apple users. And when we circle back around to the top of this article, we only have one question in mind, “What is Microsoft up to?” The only thing we can be sure of is a bright future in technology as we all look closer into the world of open source.
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