2016-03-09

Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation


Microsoft has announced that it is now joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member. “Joining the Eclipse Foundation enables us to collaborate more closely with the Eclipse community, deliver a great set of tools and services for all development teams, and continuously improve our cloud services, SDKs and tools,” the company said.
Microsoft announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation, a group meant to promote not only the use, but also the growth of open-source software. The announcement came one day after Microsoft revealed that SQL Server would be coming to Linux.


The news may come as a surprise, especially as Microsoft offers its own IDE (Visual Studio). Still, the tech giant already has one foot in the Eclipse ecosystem -it offers an Azure Toolkit for Eclipse and a Java SDK for Azure which can be used by Eclipse users to construct their cloud applications. Thanks to the free Team Explorer Everywhere plugin, developers have access to the full suite of source control, team services, and DevOps capabilities of Visual Studio Team Services from within their IDE. According to the blog post, these offerings will continue to be maintained and shared via the Eclipse Marketplace.