Microsoft joins Linux Foundation as platinum member

Microsoft joins Linux Foundation as platinum member

According to an Ars Technica report, software biggie Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has become a platinum-level member of the Linux Foundation.

The announcement by Microsoft that it has joined the Linux Foundation is noteworthy, especially since the Linux open-source platform was, for a long time, believed to mark a movement which went against Microsoft's commitment to proprietary software.

However, in recent times, Microsoft has been providing significant support for Linux; thereby indicating that it is aware of the fact that open source software -- particularly Linux -- has, in general, gained immense importance for developers.

In announcing that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, Scott Guthrie - the company's Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise - said in a blog post that the company wants "to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry's shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice."

Guthrie further added that Microsoft's collaboration with the Linux community for providing "open, flexible and intelligent tools and cloud services" underscores the company's attempts towards "helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation."