Microsoft .NET goes open source, cross-platform

Microsoft announced at its Connect (); event on Wednesday, 12 November 2014, that it will be open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms.

This includes ASP.NET, the .NET compiler, and the .NET Core Runtime, Framework, and Libraries, which Microsoft said will enable developers to build with .NET across Windows, Mac, or Linux.

The software giant promised that it will work closely with the open source community through the .NET Foundation, taking contributions for future improvements to .NET.

“A strong, open source, cross-platform [common language runtime] (CLR) opens significant new options for building large server-based systems,” chief technology officer of Groupon Brian McCallister was quoted as saying in a Microsoft press release.

Microsoft also released Visual Studio Community 2013, a free edition of Visual Studio which provides easy access to the Visual Studio core toolset.

This is a fully featured edition of Visual Studio including full extensibility, Microsoft said, which targets any platform from devices and desktop, to Web and cloud services.

Aimed at giving developers easy access to Microsoft’s Visual Studio toolset for all non-enterprise application development, Visual Studio Community 2013 can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

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