Microsoft made a recent announcement about joining the open source initiative (OSI) as a premium sponsor. Launched way back in 1998, OSI took a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocate for open source in business and government. In addition to this, it also reviews open source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to “community norms and expectations.”
This move can be considered as another milestone in the company’s years-long transformation into a more open organization, a far cry from how it used to be perceived -- especially by developers. Jeff McAffer, Director of Microsoft’s Open Source Programs Office unveiled that, “The work that Open Source Initiative does is vital to the evolution and success of open source as a first-class element in the software industry. As Microsoft engages with open source communities more broadly and deeply, we are excited to support the Open Source Initiative’s efforts,”
It may quite interest you to know that the company has been working with OSI for a while. Due to which it has massively expanded its portfolio especially in context with open source projects. Right from bringing Bash/Linux to Windows 10 to expanding support for Linux and open source workloads on the Azure cloud; the open sourcing of Visual Studio Code and Typescript, were some of the other renowned open source initiatives taken by the company.
Now as a premium sponsor, Microsoft joins the likes of Google, IGM, HPE, AdblockPlus, GitHub, and Heptio as top sponsors of the project whereas RedHat, The Linux Foundation, Mozilla, and HP are considered as other sponsors at lower levels.
Open Source Initiative have expressed their happiness. “After years of increasing involvement and engagement in open source software projects and communities, Microsoft takes what may be their most dramatic step, joining the home of the open source software movement,” the official announcement by OSI reads.
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