This was a sidenote for another note I’ve been thinking about, but I think it deserves its own post. Today (mid 2020), Microsoft is the world’s most important, influential, and exciting company in the open-source ecosystem.
Once considered evil1, Microsoft under Nadella has not only embraced open-source, but pushed it more forward than any other Big Tech company2. If I had to choose between working at any of the FAANG/Big Four/etc., it has to be Microsoft.
Since Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, GitHub has released some of my favorite features on the platform, like GitHub Actions and GitHub Sponsors. They’re closing the loop in package management with the npm acquisition3 and GitHub Packages, and I can’t wait for GitHub Codespaces4. I’ve been an extremely heavy Actions user5 and am a first-time Sponsor now too. Microsoft is also a major contributor to Chromium since Edge transitioned to its engine
Microsoft is now behind:
- The world’s most popular open-source code editor, VS Code
- The world’s most popular git hosting provider, GitHub
- The world’s most popular compile-to-JS language, TypeScript
I highly recommend Hit Refresh on more about the new Microsoft ↩
About the authorAnand Chowdhary
Anand Chowdhary is a creative technologist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CTO of Pabio, an interior design and rent-to-own furniture company funded by Y Combinator. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.Read more about Anand →