Microsoft has joined companies like Facebook, Google and Github in the open source initiative. Joining as a premium sponsor, it will help to promote open source development, communities and software. This is described as a significant milestone for the OSI.
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative is one of the most effective advocates for open source software, emphasizing education, collaboration, and “preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.”
Microsoft’s Jeff McAffer says: “The Open Source Initiative is a cornerstone of open source communities and plays an important role in protecting and promoting open source software, educating the public, and building bridges across different constituencies. Microsoft supports those goals within the company, across the industry, and now, via its sponsorship of the OSI.”
The Open Source Initiative on its blog page gives a little history of the company’s involvement.
“Microsoft’s history with the OSI dates back to 2005 with the submission of the Microsoft Community License, then again in August of 2007 with the submission of the Microsoft Permissive License. For many in the open source software community, it was Microsoft’s release of .NET in 2014 under an open source license that may hacave first caught their attention. Microsoft has increasingly participated in open source projects and communities as users, contributors, and creators, and has released even more open source products like Visual Studio Code and Typescript.
The company is a leading contributor to open source software projects on GitHub (also an OSI Corporate Sponsor); brought Bash/Linux to Windows 10; expanded its support for Linux and open source workloads on Azure; worked with OSI Affiliate Member FreeBSD Foundation to support the operating system on Azure; joined OSI Affiliate Member Linux Foundation and many of its foundations and projects. In addition, Microsoft works with companies like Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE, and open source can now be found throughout Microsoft products.”