Microsoft Launches .NET Platform For Mac And Linux
Microsoft’s experimentation at trying out various ventures shows the commitment the once drowning company is working with to get back on its feet. At its Build 2015 developer conference today, the tech giant has taken a detour in its .NET path: it has launched a preview of the cross-platform version of .NET Core (which primarily just ran Windows) runtime distribution for Mac and Linux.
Microsoft seems pretty excited by the prospect of “a solution that we think is going to be exciting to a broad set of developers.” They also believe that it “is one of the most progressive things” that they have accomplished.
Moreover, Microsoft also announced the availability of full .NET Framework 4.6 RC and the .NET Core 5 Beta 4. However, the biggest headline in this is that Microsoft is going to let developers build cloud applications on multiple platforms using .NET with this version. This is possible because even though .NET Core OS X and Linux is implemented and supported by Microsoft, it is actually being developed under an open-source license.
In November, Microsoft had announced plans to open-source .NET, along with taking the .NET cross-platform, to target both Mac and Linux. Specifically, Microsoft had promised future Mac and Linux support in the .NET Core server runtime and framework.
What does that hold in store for Microsoft? S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, hinted that taking .NET cross-platform would help the company partner with additional platform and tools vendors across the industry and eventually grow the .NET ecosystem.