Mi­crosoft joins Open Source Ini­tia­tive as ‘Pre­mium’ spon­sor

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Mi­crosoft has joined the Open Source Ini­tia­tive (OSI) as a ‘Pre­mium’ spon­sor.

The new de­vel­op­ment has hap­pened months af­ter the Red­mond com­pany en­tered the mem­ber­ship agree­ment with the Linux Foun­da­tion and is an­other sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort to en­sure a feel­ing of good faith with open source con­trib­u­tors.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the OSI and the open source soft­ware move­ment more broadly,” said Pa­trick Mas­son, gen­eral man­ager and board di­rec­tor, OSI.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween OSI and Mi­crosoft is not a new one. In fact, the two or­gan­i­sa­tions have been in touch for more than a decade, dat­ing back to 2005. The Win­dows maker even opted for an open source li­cence when re­leas­ing .NET in 2014, a move that ex­plic­itly demon­strated the firm’s in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity-driven space.

“As Mi­crosoft en­gages with open source com­mu­ni­ties more broadly and deeply, we are ex­cited to sup­port the Open Source Ini­tia­tive’s ef­forts,” said Jeff McAf­fer, di­rec­tor of Mi­crosoft’s open source pro­grams of­fice.

Since the re­lease of the open source .NET Core back in Novem­ber 2014, Mi­crosoft has be­come part of a list of open source com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Open Source Eclipse Foun­da­tion, Cloud Na­tive Com­put­ing Foun­da­tion and Cloud Foundry Foun­da­tion. In Novem­ber 2016, the com­pany joined the Linux Foun­da­tion to prove its sup­port for Linux, some­thing that CEO Satya Nadella has of­ten men­tioned at en­ter­prise-fo­cused events in the past.

Mi­crosoft has joined Face­book, Google, GitHub and IBM by spon­sor­ing the OSI. The cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship gives the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion a way to

con­tinue its ini­tia­tives, which are ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing open source soft­ware and its com­mu­ni­ties.

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