At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the launch of the .NET Foundation. This new independent foundation around the .NET framework, which forms the core of Microsoft’s developer ecosystem, will form the umbrella for all of the parts of .NET Microsoft has already open sourced and will release under an open source license (most likely Apache 2.0) in the future.
In total, the .NET foundation will start with 24 .NET open source projects that it will take under its stewardship. Those include the .NET Compiler Platform (previously known under the codename “Roslyn”) and all of the ASP.NET open source projects. In addition, it will also work on Xamarin‘s MimeKit and Mailkit libraries.
With this, the .NET team will also start taking contributions back from the community. While the source code for parts of the .NET project were already available, Microsoft wasn’t really involving the community and other open-
The .NET community is very large and according to Microsoft’s count, there are over 1.8 billion active .NET installs today, making it the most popular app framework available today. The new foundation will only strengthen this ecosystem. “We want it to be open, so our customers can see the vibrant community,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Developer Division Soma Somasegar said.
Microsoft hopes that openness will encourage its customers, partners and the broader developer community to participate in more .NET-
The Foundation will have a three-