At its Connect event on Wednesday, Microsoft announced it was joining The Linux Foundation as a platinum member. The news came as a surprise to many considering Microsoft has built itself on closed-source proprietary software, which stands as an antithesis to everything Linux has stood for.
Microsoft has been contributing to Linux for several years, according to Ars Technica, and Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin welcomed the company’s decision: “Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people.”
By joining The Linux Foundation, Microsoft has joined a premium club of sorts, amongst the likes of Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
Google had its own bit of surprising news, too. The search giant is joining the .NET foundation, which oversees .NET languages that are a major competitor to Java, which Google uses on Android. Traditionally, Google has shown minimal interest in .NET but it now plans to support .NET in Google Cloud Platform.
The other big news for Microsoft was supposed to be Visual Studio for macOS, which the company ended up spoiling by revealing it on their Developers Network.