.NET Foundation

.NET Foundation
.NET Foundation Logo.svg
FoundedMarch 31, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-03-31)[1]
FounderMicrosoft
47-2119192[2]
Legal status501(c)(6) organization
HeadquartersRedmond, Washington, U.S.[2]
Claire Novotny[3]
Websitewww.dotnetfoundation.org

The .NET Foundation is an organization incorporated on March 31, 2014,[1] by Microsoft to improve open-source software development and collaboration around the .NET Framework.[4] It was launched at the annual Build 2014 conference held by Microsoft.[5] The foundation is license-agnostic, and projects that come to the foundation are free to choose any open-source license, as defined by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).[6] The foundation uses GitHub to host the open-source projects it manages.[7]

Anyone who has contributed to .NET Foundation projects can apply to be a .NET Foundation member. Members can vote in elections for the board of the directors and will preserve the health of the organization.[8]

The foundation began with twenty-four projects under its stewardship including .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") and the ASP.NET family of open-source projects, both open-sourced by Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech).[5] Xamarin contributed six of its projects including the open source email libraries MimeKit and MailKit.[5] As of May 2020, it is the steward of 556 active projects,[9] including: .NET, Entity Framework (EF), Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), Umbraco, MSBuild, NuGet, Orchard CMS and WorldWide Telescope. Many of these projects are also listed under Outercurve Foundation project galleries.

As of March 2021, its board of directors consisted of Beth Massi, Bill Wagner, Javier Lozano, Jeff Strauss, Layla Porter, Rodney Littles II and Shawn Wildermuth.[10]

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  1. ^ a b ".NET Foundation". Registration Data Search. Corporations Division. Washington State Secretary of State. Accessed on march 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "NET Foundation". Guidestar. Accessed on March 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "About the .NET Foundation". .NET Foundation. Archived from the original on 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (April 3, 2014). "Microsoft Launches .NET Foundation To Foster The .NET Open Source Ecosystem". TechCrunch.
  5. ^ a b c Paoli, Jean (April 3, 2014). ".NET Foundation Established to Foster Open Development". MS Open Tech. Archived from the original on 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". .NET Foundation. Archived from the original on 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  7. ^ ".NET Foundation". GitHub.
  8. ^ ".NET Foundation Membership". dotnetfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  9. ^ ".NET Foundation". dotnetfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 2020-05-09.
  10. ^ ".NET Foundation Board of Directors". .NET Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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