Microsoft is closing down its successful Open Tech open source subsidiary and will distribute its workers across the company's wider business.
The MS Open Tech subsidiary was introduced by former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.
Jean Paoli, president for open technologies at Microsoft, explained that the team has achieved its goals, and that Microsoft now has a good open source standing.
"The goal of the organisation was to accelerate Microsoft's open collaboration with the industry by delivering critical interoperable technologies in partnership with open source and open standards communities," he said in a blog post entitled The next chapter for Microsoft Open Technologies.
"Today, MS Open Tech has reached its key goals, and open source technologies and engineering practices are rapidly becoming mainstream across Microsoft.
"It's now time for MS Open Tech to rejoin Microsoft Corp, and help the company take its next steps in deepening its engagement with open source and open standards."
The subsidiary, which Paoli referred to as an "innovative startup", has run for three years and Microsoft has contributed to the open source community and has a deep "engagement" with open source standards.
"During its operation MS Open Tech's projects have made it easier for Linux, Java, and other developers to use Azure, through SDKs, tools, plug-ins and integration with technologies such as Chef, Puppet and Docker," he said.
"We've helped bring Microsoft's services and APIs to iOS and Android. We've contributed to open source projects such as Apache Cordova, Cocos2d-x, OpenJDK and dash.js.
"We've brought Office 365 to the Moodle learning platform. And we've helped connect the Open Web by collaborating with the industry on standards for HTML5, HTTP/2 and WebRTC/ORTC."
MS Open Tech has broadened Microsoft's scale and skills, Paoli said, and has become an important part of the company and its workers.
"At the same time, open source has become a key part of Microsoft's culture. Microsoft's investments in open source ecosystems and non-Microsoft technologies are stronger than ever and, as we build applications, services and tools for other platforms, our engineers are more involved in open source projects every day," he explained.
"Today, Microsoft engineers participate in nearly 2,000 open source projects on GitHub and CodePlex combined."
These Open Tech engineers will rejoin Microsoft and take on a range of roles, including advocacy positions in various teams.
An Open Technology Programmes Office will push the open source experience back through the company, and work with the external community will continue.
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