Microsoft has announced that the company's software development platform .NET Core 1.0 will run on Linux as well as Mac OS X operating systems.

On June 27, Microsoft announced that .NET Core is now open source, which means that developers can use the platform to build applications and modify the platform to suit their personal needs.

"We are excited to announce the release of .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X and Linux! .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET platform for creating modern web apps, microservices, libraries and console applications," says Microsoft. "This release includes the .NET Core runtime, libraries and tools and the ASP.NET Core libraries."

Microsoft released .NET Core and the platform's source code in 2014 but previous software versions were made for testing only. However, .NET Core's support for other platforms is big news for the entire software industry.

Many big online companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and more use Linux and other open source software to build their services. IT vendors, or the companies that assist businesses to create their online service, are more inclined to open source. It is worth noting that Microsoft is one of the biggest IT vendors in the market and the company wants to ensure that .NET is open source.

Microsoft announced the big news at the Red Hat Summit. On June 27, Red Hat also confirmed that .NET Core will be supported on the company's Enterprise Linux distribution and its OpenShift platform-as-a-service offering.

Red Hat says that Microsoft's latest move will let enterprises run microservices-based applications that include both Java and .NET components on the same platform. .NET Core will now be able to run both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Server.

More than 18,000 developers across 1,300 companies have worked for.NET Core version 1.0 that also includes .NET Standard Library, which will simplify things for developers who want to reuse a software code across different platforms.

Microsoft will also make .NET Core available for other operating systems such as Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian.

While the version 1.0 release of .Net Core open source platform is undoubtedly an important launch, the company also made other interesting revelations at the Summit. For instance, Microsoft is working in tandem with CodeEnvy and Red Hat to bring the protocols, which will enable the free Visual Studio Code editor to offer support for more than a hundred programming languages, to other language and tool providers as well.

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