Last week, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring GitHub, a decision that would have shocked the software community just a few years ago. But as a part of the announcement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “When it comes to our commitment to open source, judge us by the actions we have taken in the recent past, our actions today, and in the future."
After hearing these words, we took Microsoft up on their challenge, looking at their full history of commits to open source projects. What did we learn? Microsoft has been a more active steward of open source than some might have expected, with almost 5,000 contributors committing to more than 8,000 packages.
But based on the interest we received from our earlier post, we decided to take it a step further.
If you’re an open source maintainer and would like to know if Microsoft has had a hand in your project, this is an easy place to find out. Or if you love using open source software, you can find out which of your favorite projects Microsoft has contributed to!Rather than just looking at the popular projects Microsoft has committed to, we mined every project that has a commit from a Microsoft email address, and now we’d like to share that data. Click here to view Microsoft’s contributions to open source.