Microsoft starting to lay out the plan for open-source .NET

Microsoft is making good on its plans to open source the .NET framework and has revealed new details on .NET Core, a fork of .NET that’s been developed to make .NET more approachable to modern-day software development, the company explained in a blog post on Thursday. As .NET matured over the years since its inception, coders created many variants of the framework to make sure it could function across numerous devices and environments. The new open-source .NET Core essentially removes the need of having multiple versions of .NET by providing “a single code base that can be used to build and support all the platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OSX,” the post explained.