Microsoft announced its pact with Linux Foundation at its Connect developer event in New York City. The company has declared as high paying platinum member along with other esteemed Platinum members like Samsung, Cisco, IBM and Intel.

Microsoft has gradually increased its commitment towards open source projects and communities right from cloud computing and networking to gaming. Currently, Microsoft is a leading open source contributor on GitHub. The company also announced quite lot milestones which indicate the scope of its commitment to open source development earlier this year.

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Redmond-based tech giant released an open source.NET Core 1.0 and also joined with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10. Microsoft opens sourced its software development kit after acquiring Xamarin. Adding to this, Microsoft works with companies like SUSE, Red Hat and others in support to their solutions for its products.

“As a cloud platform company, we aim to help developers achieve more using the platforms and languages they know. We are excited to join The Linux Foundation and partner with the community to help developers capitalize on the shift to intelligent cloud and mobile experiences,” says, Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group.

Microsoft already contributes to numerous Linux Foundation projects which include Open Container Initiative, OpenDaylight, Node.js Foundation, R Consortium, and Open API Initiative.

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“Microsoft has grown and matured in its use of and contributions to open source technology. The company has become an enthusiastic supporter of Linux and open source and a very active member of many important projects,” says, Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation.

John Gossman, Architect on the Microsoft Azure team, likely to join The Linux Foundation Board of Directors.

Other Linux Foundation Platinum members, who pay about $500,000 for the privilege, include Fujitsu, Cisco, HPE, Huawei, Intel, IBM, NEC, Oracle, Samsung and Qualcomm. There are over a dozen other prominent open source users are Gold sponsors which consist of Facebook, Google.

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