Microsoft-Backed Open Source Group Talks Plans

For some, the notion of Microsoft backing an open source effort is nothing less than incredible. But believe it: It was just under a year ago that Microsoft created the open source CodePlex Foundation, aimed at broadening and building upon the efforts of the company’s own site, which has already proven successful in hosting thousands of open source software projects, including many relating to Microsoft SharePoint and .NET framework.

Now, the CodePlex Foundation is talking about its mission and its plans to help encourage open source projects independently to take root and grow, and to collaborate effectively with closed source software companies like its sponsor. takes a look.

Almost a year after launching, the Microsoft-sponsored open source CodePlex Foundation is looking ahead to an ambitious agenda in its second year of life.

Paula Hunter, the executive director of the CodePlex Foundation, told that new efforts around branding, contributions and governance at the CodePlex Foundation are underway. The foundation is also planning to roll out a host of additional projects, with some to be officially sponsored by Microsoft and others that the software giant will not formally support.

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CodePlex Foundation Aims to Evolve Commercial Open Source

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