It’s an interesting development, but weren’t Microsoft already the largest open source contributor to GitHub?
I wonder if this is V 2.0 of the famous ‘developers, developers, developers’ call. Microsoft lost the phone wars (unfortunately in my opinion, still love my Windows phone) due to a lack of apps. They’ve now launched full Windows 10 on ARM processors with emulation support for x86 applications, but native applications will run quicker. If the rumoured Andromeda device is going to succeed (and similar devices from other OEMs) they will need to have an arsenal of apps. Their cloud and edge computing efforts could also do with more developer support to take on AWS.
I guess time will tell. I am more worried about their acquisition of LinkedIn due to privacy concerns, but I’m not a developer so I don’t know what is at stake here.