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In an effort to bolster its links with Java developers and to continue its push as a cross platform company, Microsoft has joined the Eclipse Foundation.

There is plenty for the Eclipse Foundation to be pleased about this week, not least the addition of Microsoft as a partner for the open-source organization.

Eclipse also held the EclipseCon 2016 event this week, while the official release of Eclipse Che cloud IDE was also rolled out.

Microsoft joining as a member company is a major coup for the Eclipse Foundation, with Redmond taking to the stage at EclipseCon in Reston, VA to announce its participation.

The Eclipse Foundation is a non-profit and open source organization that partners with companies to create a commercial open source platform.

Shanku Niyogi, Microsoft’s Visual Studio team, announced Microsoft’s involvement with Eclipse, standing in front of a “heart” branding that the company has been using recently. Microsoft “heart” (loves) Eclipse was the general theme, with Niyogi saying Redmond’s interest in Eclipse comes from a desire to reach more Java developers.

The Eclipse Foundation is on a roll this week, opening its EclipseCon 2016 event, officially releasing its new Che integrated development environment (IDE) and welcoming Microsoft as a member of the organization.

“Today, I’m happy to share that Microsoft is taking its relationship with the Eclipse community to the next level by joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member”, Niyogi said in a later blog post.

“Joining the Eclipse Foundation enables us to collaborate more closely with the Eclipse community, deliver a great set of tools and services for all development teams, and continuously improve our cloud services, SDKs and tools.”

Microsoft has wasted no time in delivering tools based on Eclipse, revealing the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse and Java SDK for Azure, letting users on the open source build cloud based apps. Users can also access team services, DevOps functions, Visual Studio Team Services, and a full suite of source controls, thanks to the free Team Explorer Everywhere plug-in.

We recognize the great work coming out of the Eclipse and Java developer community and appreciate that Eclipse developer tools are used by millions of developers worldwide,” Niyogi said in his post.

We have worked with the Eclipse Foundation for many years to improve the Java experience across our portfolio of application platform and development services, including Visual Studio Team Services and Microsoft Azure.

Of course, this kind of cross platform movement was unheard of at Microsoft even five years ago, but increasingly the company is seeing the benefits of making its services available to the widest possible user-base. Redmond has unleashed its services on rival mobile platforms, while just yesterday the SQL Server was announced for Linux.

SOURCE: Microsoft