In a move that has surprised the whole of the tech world, tech giant Microsoft joined hands with its once archenemy Linux; and in another shocker it also ended up joining search giant Google as well.

The news was revealed to the world at the recently concluded Microsoft event, Microsoft Connect conference for software developers, in New York. Microsoft's executive vice president Scott Guthrie along with Linux Foundation's president Jim Zemlin made a joint official announcement about Microsoft joining Linux.

It is interesting to note that such an announcement would have been completely out of question to even imagine about a few years ago, since both the companies since their respective inception have had almost opposite set of beliefs. When Microsoft was revelling in the glory of its hit Windows OS, its nemesis ended up completely changing the game upside down with an open-source Operating System. The relationship had gotten so much worse that in the year 2001, Microsoft’s previous CEO Steve Ballmer Ballmer called Linux a cancer. He said, “Linux is cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”

According to experts, the reason for this surprise move is, that Microsoft is no longer is a Steve Ballmer company, and has a new and fresh leader in Satya Nadella who is looking at things with new perspectives and isn't afraid of taking actions.

The conference also saw Microsoft announcing that search giant Google will be joining a committee of its independent .NET Foundation too. Interestingly, Google is one of Microsoft’s top competitors when it comes to applications and cloud services. For the unaware, the .NET Foundation works towards promoting the company's .NET software development tech usage. Samsung and RedHat are other members companies of the foundation.

A number of recent Microsoft moves show a clear change in vision of the company from Steve Ballmer to Satya Nadella. Since Ballmer, the tech giant has invested a lot of money in a good number of non-Microsoft technologies, and has even joined the Eclipse Foundation, which is considered as an important open-source institution.

It is no surprise that developers love working on the Linux platform, and all though Microsoft is late to the party, but it seems it has finally realised its potential and wants them to work on the Microsoft Azure Cloud. While Linux is an open source software which means it is free or an almost free software, Windows, on the other hand, is a proprietary software package that comes at a price.

Following the new CEO's vision and strategy, the company recently also made Visual Studio Code, PowerShell, and Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine open-source. The company even tied-up with Canonical to get Ubuntu in Windows 10, and also ended up buying Xamarin so as to provide a helping hand in mobile app development. Xamarin’s developer tools and SDKs were also open-sourced.

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