At its Connect event in New York, Microsoft announced that it will open source its entire stack of .NET development tools and that it will make those tools cross-platform for Linux and Mac users. S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, told eWeek, "We have over six million developers building .NET applications ranging from mission-critical workloads in an enterprise to anything and everything else. Just in the last year, we’ve seen 1.8 billion installs of .NET."
He added, "We are super-excited about this because this is a huge step forward for us. More importantly I think it’s a great step forward for our existing .NET developers to think about a broader set of opportunities and reaching a broader set of platforms and a broader set of customers. Moreover, there are a number of people who are excited about the benefits of .NET and what .NET can do for them, but they had felt constrained in the past that they couldn’t use it on Linux or something else. We feel it is goodness for our existing guys and for .NET new guys."
In related news, Microsoft also released a developer preview of Visual Studio 2015, as well as a free community version of Visual Studio for teams of less than five people.