Microsoft and Open Source Community official

Microsoft is in the giving mood, especially for open source projects wanting to work with Azure. The company has announced a new program that will give Azure credits to an open source project for a year if eligible.

Azure credits will be available for applicants that that are developing a project with an Open Source Initiative (OSI) license. With the credits, developers can spend them on storage, tapping into Azure development tools, or for testing in Microsoft’s cloud environment.

Importantly, successful applicants can re-apply in the following years to renew their credits. Microsoft says it has already given the grant to some open source projects and details them in its announcement blog.


Those projects are Alma Linux, Promitor, Haskell, and Sankemate workflow. Another is FreeBSD and Microsoft explains how the credits helped the project:

“FreeBSD is a Unix operating system for servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. Azure credits have helped developers to work on custom kernels. They are now releasing more timely updates for security advisories for third-party software and spinning up larger VM classes for package building and smaller VM classes for testing, both of which are hugely helpful to their developers.

The project is using its Azure credits to expand the project’s CI coverage prior to commit. FreeBSD does lots of resource–intensive testing. These credits provide the resources to do that testing, as well as providing a platform to try out different resource optimization strategies.”

Giving Back

Microsoft has increasingly become a major part of the open source community. The company says this program is a small way to give back to developers. For those of us old enough to remember the Microsoft that hated open source, this is still amazing. However, the company has been friendly to open source long enough now that this is the new normal.

Interested projects can apply for Azure Credits via the official site here.

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