Microsoft joins Linux Foundation

Microsoft has announced they have joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member which is a headline I never thought I'd be writing. Joining the Linux Foundation cost Microsoft about $500,000 to be a platinum member and shows their commitment to working with the Linux community more. Microsoft has actually been one of the biggest open source contributors which once again is a weird thing to be saying. TechCrunch takes a closer look at why Microsoft is actually a friend of the Linux and open source community.

How is this for a surprise: Microsoft today announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member.

“This may come as a surprise to you, but they were not big fans,” Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin told me in regards to his foundation’s history with Microsoft. The new Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella, however, is singing a very different tune.