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At its Connect 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation. And the company isnít joining just to say it did: Microsoft is joining at the Platinum level, the highest level of membership, which costs $500,000 annually. John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundationís Board of Directors and help underwrite projects. Microsoft Takes Platinum Membership at The Linux Foundation [venturebeat.com]
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Windows is running Ubuntu user-mode binaries provided by Canonical. This means the command-line utilities are the same as those that run within a native Ubuntu environment. Installation of Bash on Windows is just a few clicks.
Microsoft is drifting away from their Windows only approach. Since a year their Visual Studio 2015 development suite is capable of cross compiling applications for Android, MacOS and iOS and they announced two days ago that a future release of Visual Studio will be available as native application on MacOS.
It looks like their focus has shifted from desktop/office to cloud/azure