The Surprising Open-Source / Linux Microsoft Announcements Made So Far This Year
Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 28 September 2015 at 10:51 AM EDT. 9 Comments
While the year is not close to being over yet, there's already been a surprising number of Linux and open-source related announcements made by Microsoft in 2015!

It's certainly been an interesting year for Microsoft with many Linux/open-source related endeavors announced this year. Here's some of them:

- Earlier this month Microsoft announced Azure Cloud Switch, what is technically Microsoft's first Linux distribution/platform. Azure Cloud Switch is run within their data-centers for software defined networking.

- Microsoft committing to VP9 support within their new Edge web-browser. Besides VP9, WebM is coming as part of that and they're also evaluating Opus audio support too.

- Visual Studio 2015 brought Linux targeting support.

- Microsoft released a Linux client of Visual Studio Code, a web-focused integrated development environment.

- As part of their Visual Studio targeting Linux/Android/iOS, Microsoft has become interested in the Clang compiler while they still continue developing their proprietary Visual C/C++ compiler stack and even working on Clang improvements. Microsoft also open-sourced their Debug Engine that ties into LLVM's LLDB. They've also been working on an LLVM-based .NET compiler.

- Microsoft will start supporting OpenSSH with their PowerShell. As part of that, Microsoft began sponsoring OpenBSD.

- Microsoft made available Office for Android.

- Microsoft continues open-sourcing parts of the .NET stack that in turn get happily ported to Linux and even FreeBSD. They've also opened up code like the MSBuild Engine.

- Continued work on Hyper-V for Linux.

- Microsoft's .NET compiler team switched from CodePlex to using GitHub. CodePlex is Microsoft's open-source repository service.

- Microsoft Open Technologies (MS Open Tech) was merged back into the company itself (Microsoft).

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It will be interesting to see what other open-source/Linux announcements Microsoft could still have before the end of the year; 2015 has certainly been super exciting so far!
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