A few days ago I wrote about Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux. I called it “a big deal” — less because of Skype itself and more because it signified Microsoft’s recognition that Linux is a platform worth supporting.
As someone who has been following and covering Microsoft’s professed love of Linux, the Skype news came as a refreshing change.
Now the company has done it again.
With this move, Microsoft is putting one of its core technologies on a competing platform. This, more than any other Linux-friendly move the company has made, is a clear departure from the Microsoft of Gates and Ballmer that used its technologies to lock users into Windows.
While Ubuntu is the primary Linux distribution that Microsoft is using to showcase its ChakraCore technologies, the company said that the support should easily translate to other modern Linux distributions.
The company said that this is just the beginning and they will continue to improve cross-platform support. They will also be bringing a fully-capable ChakraCore JIT compiler and concurrent and partial GC on Windows to other platforms.
It is indeed just a beginning.
I foresee Microsoft bringing more of their products and technologies to Linux. Maybe one day Linux users will be running Microsoft Word too … but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.