Microsoft Open-Sources the .NET Framework

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Developers Rejoice!

Microsoft announce that they’re making .NET open source and cross platform. News broke on wednesday via an msdn blog post from S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer division at Microsoft.

Somasegar goes on to summarise the key points of the announcement:

  • Over the coming months, we will be open sourcing the full server-side .NET Core stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Core Runtime and Framework, and the open source .NET will be expanded to run on Linux and Mac OS X in addition to Windows.
  • Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, free and fully featured edition of Visual Studio, available today, with access to the full Visual Studio extensibility ecosystem and support for targeting any platform, from devices and desktop to web and cloud services.
  • A preview of the next generation of our tools is available today with Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview.  Together, these bring industry-leading cross-platform mobile development tools, deep support for cloud development, and great productivity improvements across the breadth of the developer experience.
  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 is available now for every Visual Studio 2013 user, including dozens of improvements across the product plus several great new features.
  • Visual Studio Online is expanding its DevOps portfolio with the new Visual Studio Online Release Management service and Visual Studio Cloud Deployment Projects.

Microsoft have also created a new hub for their open source projects on github:

On the whole, the news was very well received within the developer community. And rightly so. Good move Microsoft.

Some Twitter reaction:

  (My personal favorite)