In a latest move, Microsoft Becomes Sponsor Of Open Source Initiative. Yes it’s true, Microsoft is now premium sponsor of Open Source Initiative.
The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI) is the global non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting open source software through education, collaboration, and infrastructure.
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Microsoft’s Jeff McAffer says: “The Open Source Initiative is a cornerstone of open source communities and plays an important role in protecting and promoting open source software, educating the public, and building bridges across different constituencies. Microsoft supports those goals within the company, across the industry, and now, via its sponsorship of the OSI.”
From the official blog:
Microsoft’s history with the OSI dates back to 2005 with the submission of the Microsoft Community License, then again in August of 2007 with the submission of the Microsoft Permissive License. For many in the open source software community, it was Microsoft’s release of .NET in 2014 under an open source license that may fave first caught their attention. Microsoft has increasingly participated in open source projects and communities as users, contributors, and creators, and has released even more open source products like Visual Studio Code and Typescript.