Open source-happy Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation

Open source-happy Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation

Joins Intel, Google, IBM and others in supporting Eclipse Foundation open source efforts for developers

A day after announcing it would be bringing SQL Server to Linux, Microsoft has announced that it is joining the Eclipse Foundation, an open source community for developers launched more than 10 years ago.

Microsoft, which notes that it has worked with the Eclipse Foundation for years "to improve the Java experience across our portfolio of application platform and development services," is attending the EclipseCon gathering in Reston, Va., this week.

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Microsoft already offers Eclipse tools such as the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse and Java SDK for Azure.  Shanku Niyogi, GM for the Visual Studio Team, adds in a blog post that the company is releasing additional tools and services for Java and Eclipse developers.

Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member, alongside the likes of Airbus, Intel and Goldman Sachs. The higher-level Strategic member level includes CA Technologies, Google, IBM and 10 others.

Microsoft, which has been making a habit of open sourcing its technology, including .NET, isn't alone in this effort. Apple, IBM, Google and Facebook are among the other big names embracing open source (see "10 products that big tech companies have open-sourced recently").

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