Friday, July 25, 2008

Microsoft puts up $100K to support Apache Software Foundation

Microsoft Friday said it was contributing $100,000 in sponsorship money to the Apache Software Foundation in what the software giant called an endorsement of "the Apache Way" and made its first code contribution to an Apache project.

Microsoft also said it was contributing a patch to ADOdb, a data access layer for PHP that is used by many applications. The code contribution to the PHP community was a first for Microsoft.

In addition, the company moved 100 protocols from its Communications Protocol Program to its Open Specification Promise to ensure they could be used without the fear of patent infringement.
The non-profit Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a group of developers that create and develop open source projects, such as the Apache Web server and the Axis Web services framework.

Microsoft has supported ASF efforts in the past including Apache POI, Apache Axis2 and Jakarta.

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