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Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation, welcomes Google to .NET community

Alongside a number of big Visual Studio announcements at its Connect 2016 developer conference, Microsoft also took the stage to announce that it is further embracing the open source community by joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member. In addition, Microsoft also revealed that Google has joined on with the independent .NET Foundation.

According to Microsoft, joining the Linux Foundation will help to bring more innovation to its customers. From Microsoft (opens in new tab):

As part of its effort to work more closely with the open source community, Microsoft on Wednesday announced it has joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member. Microsoft's membership in the Linux Foundation will benefit customers through increased collaboration and innovation among a diverse ecosystem."By becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum member, Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. "Microsoft has been a key contributor to many projects, and we see the company intensifying its involvement and commitment to open development."

This is just the latest move in a recent effort by Microsoft to further embrace the open source community. The company has even open sourced some of its own projects recently, including the .NET framework and the Xamarin SDK, among others. Microsoft also already contributes to a number of Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative, R Consortium and Open API Initiative.

Lastly, in addition to Google joining the .NET Foundation, Microsoft also revealed that Samsung will release a preview version of its Visual Studio tools for Tizen OS on Wednesday.

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  • Something something Google apps on Windows
  • Aint gonna happen.
  • I know that, just wanted to get it out of the way so the real discussion can move forward.
  • I've never used Google docs and never will, thanks to my Office 365 subscription I have a desktop top quality productivity suite and don't have to pay expensive data plans to telecomm companies like Google docs users do with their online software.  Being software as a service is something Microsoft understood very well, something that Google didn't, Office 365 is downloaded from the cloud, the updates are downloaded from the cloud, but the software runs locally.
  • something something personal data to the highest bidder
  • That's a given for Microsoft though
  • I'd rather watch out of my private data when it comes to (every) Google's services.
  • Your data is safer with Google though. They don't share your data with any other companies, while Microsoft (and Apple, for what that's worth) share your data with partners. 
  • I think you got this the other way around, i don't know about apple but microsoft is definitely not sharing user data, at least that's what's written in their tos while google specifically writes in their tos that your data is shared to improve search results, improve ad targeting ...yada yada.
  • Data is shared WITH Google, but Google doesn't share that data with any other companies. According to Microsoft's policy, the data they collect is shared with Yahoo and other companies. 
  • So you don't run any Microsoft software because of what some tin foil hat wearing loon wrote on a blog on the internet?
  • I use Windows 10 on two of my computers, but I've got the telemetry and Cortana turned off because Microsoft can spy on someone else. 
  • Tom, I've just read the Microsoft privacy statement and it does not specify Yahoo (Google is used for Web Beacons, for advertisement hits - not personal data). It does say it shares data with partners who provide services on MS's behalf - which seam reasonable. Can you point to where Yahoo is stated? My other big issue with Google, is that they store your data "indefinitely". You cannot leave the Googleplex. I realised this when I closed down a paying Google Apps company account, and data that was linked to that account was still searchable, and still on their servers. This is against EU law, and the DPA in the UK. But they hide behind US law. Microsoft will remove your personal information if you perform the steps laid out in deleting your account, and in most cases data is removed after a period of time (like 6 months for IP addresses). MS only retain things like credit card details for legal reasons. I think more of us are worried about sharing personal data, and being able to delete an account - somethign I am much more comfortable with Microsoft on, than I would be a Google account based on experience and what they write in their statements.  
  • The advertising section of their privacy policy lists they share it with AOL and other advertising companies such as Yahoo, Facebook, Rocket Fuel, and other they don't list 
  • Where does it say they share data with those companies?
  • Yeah right.. Google don't share your data. They are angelic company. They just marketing company who keep customer for their own used. Sarcasm.. Of cause Google don't share your data they sell your data. You know that you are product in the eye of Google? Where do you think their profit coming from? Selling phone? Apps?
  • I never said they were an angelic company, but they handle data much better than Microsoft.    Edit: Here's the privacy policy. Scroll down to "How we use Personal Data" and read the section on Advertising. You're the product for Microsoft just as much (if not more so) than Google 
  • What drugs are you on? I want some of those. You're living in Cloud Cuckoo land if you think your data is safer with Google.
  • I've read the privacy policies of both companies. Microsoft's says they share the data they collect, Google's policy says they don't. The only drug I'm on is knowledge.
  • Microsoft is much more ahead than Google on cloud popularity in the Enterprise thanks to Azure.  Fortune 500 companies are looking to invest on Azure rather than on Google's enterprise cloud. The reason is trust, Microsoft's data centers are known for their strong security that warantee privacy of enterprise data.
  • I know everybody will only pay attention to the two main news of the article, but I'm very interested in Tizen. How the platform works, evolves, etc... And mostly, how it will affect the android field, when (or if) it becomes big. Samsung nowadays is the Nokia of android, and if it succeeds with Tizen, it will change everything. But judging by how Bada was left behind than canned, Tizen will probably stay an experiment as well. Anyway, who knows :D
  • I wonder if Samsung will increase its efforts in Tizen as Google is now competing with them in the high end smart phone space. It would be a perfect time for them to switch, assuming they can get app traction somehow. Most people who use Android phones probably wont care as long as they can run their favorite apps. Its very interesting how this will shake out.
  • I wonder the same thing. Although I consider the Pixel phones a joke, and an iPhone copy, many aren't. And if Samsung loses the momentum now, they could as well fade away.
  • It would be great if Samsung found big Android security holes and take Tizen's advantage to make it a reference for OEMs like themselves, Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo or Blu which have big smartphone marketshare. That would make Tizen a rival for Android. Something that iOS and Windows Mobile haven't been able to do in recent years.
  • IOS is a different thing. Apple makes premium hardware only, and they put iOS on them only. But judging by their latest "dongle-fetish" and stuff like that, their position isn't as secure either. I hear it from Apple users every day, that their "just works" ecosystem is not so just works anymore. And although I still have all my faith and love in Microsoft and Windows 10 Mobile, no doubt they weren't able to compete with android. So it would be really good if Samsung would improve Tizen.
  • @gabriel this is Tizen for Smart TV
  • Samsung's mobile president has specifically said they will not use Tizen for phones. And it makes sense not to: they're already the most profitable Android OEM and switching to Tizen would requires years of investment and courting developers. After all that effort, they would still lose most of their customers that want a certain Android app. 
  • I respect your opinion, and maybe you're right. But Tizen is already used on a few phones, mostly marketed for India. And they also said, that they don't want to depend on google.
  • Tizen found a home on 2016 smart TV's.
    I quite like it.
    Especially the plush interactive taskbar.
    I think this is where Visual Studio comes in... Not for phones in the midterm. Microsoft probably realizes that they have no claim to smart TV unless they start making them. I'm holding out to see Microsoft services on Tizen
  • This should've happened a long time ago. Sadly, Microsoft has had to learn the hard way on the open-source movement. Nonetheless, I think this is a step in the right direction. :)
  • Definitely a good move, as was their acquisition of Revolution Analytics and their decision to be a founding member of the R Consortium--R has taken over data analytics and, had they missed that boat, it would've hit them where it hurts most: enterprise revenue.
  • If you can't beat them join them.