Sunday, October 21, 2007

Microsoft Releasing .NET as Shared Source

Microsoft has decided to open up the code for its .NET Framework, though not as an open source project. Microsoft is releasing it under a Shared Source license, specifically the Microsoft Reference License, that allows developers access to all the source code, but only to look, not to change it. Microsoft wants to be more open, but it wants control of its own specs, so this license allows it to be a little more open with the community, while retaining control.

This will definitely help developers in debugging their application.

ScotGu announced this in his blog

Read some thoughts on the change at Mary Jo Foley’s blog.