.NET Foundation

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.NET Foundation
Founded March 31, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-03-31)[1]
Founder Microsoft
Legal status 501(c)(6) organization
Headquarters Redmond, Washington, U.S.[2]
Jay Schmelzer[3]
Jon Galloway[3]
Website www.dotnetfoundation.org

The .NET Foundation is an independent organization, incorporated on March 31, 2014,[1] by Microsoft, to improve open-source software development and collaboration around the .NET Framework.[4] It was launched at the annual Build 2014 conference held by Microsoft.[5] The foundation is license-agnostic, and projects that come to the foundation are free to choose any open-source license, as defined by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).[6] The foundation uses GitHub to host the open-source projects it manages.[7]

The foundation began with twenty-four projects under its stewardship including .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") and the ASP.NET family of open-source projects, both open-sourced by Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech).[5] Xamarin contributed six of its projects including the open source email libraries MimeKit and MailKit.[5] As of July 2015, it is the steward of thirty-six projects, including: .NET Core, Entity Framework (EF), Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), Umbraco, MSBuild, NuGet, Orchard CMS and WorldWide Telescope. Many of these projects are also listed under Outercurve Foundation project galleries.

Its board of directors consists of Scott Hunter (Microsoft), Miguel de Icaza (Microsoft-owned Xamarin), and Rachel Reese.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b ".NET Foundation". Registration Data Search. Corporations Division. Washington State Secretary of State. Accessed on march 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "NET Foundation". Guidestar. Accessed on March 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the Team". .NET Foundation. 
  4. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (April 3, 2014). "Microsoft Launches .NET Foundation To Foster The .NET Open Source Ecosystem". TechCrunch. 
  5. ^ a b c Paoli, Jean (April 3, 2014). ".NET Foundation Established to Foster Open Development". MS Open Tech. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". .NET Foundation. 
  7. ^ ".NET Foundation". GitHub. 

External links

  • Official website
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