The .NET Foundation is an independent organization to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. It serves as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation.
Community engagement through open source foundations has been proven to nurture and advance core technologies that the IT industry relies upon. We found that there was enough momentum around open source .NET to create a separate independent foundation. Developers everywhere are innovating rapidly with the power and flexibility of .NET, and the growing community is in need of a developer forum, a test bed, practices and processes that will strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem.
Value for projects joining the .NET Foundation include:
- Direct and more frequent access to .NET project teams at Microsoft and across the community
- More opportunities to make your project visible to .NET developers, and enterprises
- Increased opportunities for personal visibility and community influence
- Commercially friendly IP and copyright terms and licenses that remove barriers to foundation entry
Announced at the Build 2014 conference, the .NET Foundation was created as an independent forum to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET.