Outercurve Foundation

The Outercurve Foundation is an independent 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation founded by Microsoft.[1] Its goal is to "enable the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities." They run several software projects, some of which are connected to the .NET Framework.[2][3][4][5]

It was founded on September 10, 2009 as the CodePlex Foundation, led mostly by Microsoft employees and affiliates.[6] The free software community considered the site subversive and suspected Microsoft's goal was to make people dependent on Windows and other software owned by Microsoft. [7] The name Outercurve Foundation was adopted In September 2010.[8] In November 2010 changes to by-laws were made and the board was expanded.[9] Over the years, the site has mostly hosted software for Windows, [10] promoted software patents, [11] and hired people away from free software projects.[12] Outercurve now serves the larger free and open-source community as a generalized low-overhead foundation for projects and organizations. Projects contributed by the group to the .NET Foundation include Nuget, Kudu and the ASP.NET AJAX library.[13]

Outercurve directors filed articles of dissolution to the Washington Secretary of State on April 22, 2017.[14]

Outercurve Foundation
OuterCurve Foundation Logo
Formation10 September 2009
TypeNGO and Non-profit organization
Legal statusFoundation
Region served
Executive Director
Erynn Petersen


  1. ^ "Mission". Outercurve. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "ASP.NET Open Source Gallery". Outercurve. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Research Accelerators". Outercurve. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Data, Languages, and Systems Interoperability Gallery". Outercurve. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Innovators Gallery". Outercurve. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Microsoft creates the CodePlex foundation". Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Lest CodePlex perplex". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "The CodePlex Foundation Rebrands, Renamed Outercurve Foundation". Outercurve. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "About the Outercurve Foundation". Outercurve Foundation. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "On Foundations". The Source. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Microsoft's Fake 'Open Source' Front is "Pushing Software Patents"". Techrights. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Outercurve Poised for Open-Source Mentorship With New President". EWeek (July 03, 2013). Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Announcing new governance model and project contributions to the .NET Foundation". dotnetfoundation.org. November 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Search for articles of dissolution WA Secretary of State".

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.NET Bio

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.NET Foundation

The .NET Foundation is an organization incorporated on March 31, 2014, by Microsoft to improve open-source software development and collaboration around the .NET Framework. It was launched at the annual Build 2014 conference held by Microsoft. 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). The foundation uses GitHub to host the open-source projects it manages.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.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). Xamarin contributed six of its projects including the open source email libraries MimeKit and MailKit. As of April 2019, it is the steward of 556 projects, including: .NET Core, 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.

Its board of directors consists of Scott Hunter (Microsoft), Miguel de Icaza (Microsoft-owned Xamarin), and Oren Novotny.

Aaron Fulkerson

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Bing Audio

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Bing Vision

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ChronoZoom is a free open source project that visualizes time on the broadest possible scale from the Big Bang to the present day. Conceived by Walter Alvarez and Roland Saekow and developed by the department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with Microsoft Research and Moscow State University, Alvarez unveiled the first ChronoZoom prototype at UC Berkeley's 2010 Faculty Research Lecture. Although that demo is no longer available to the public online, a second version rewritten in HTML5 is now available and open source. ChronoZoom was inspired by the study of Big History, and it approaches the documentation and visualization of time and history in the same way that Google Earth deals with geography. ChronoZoom allows users to see the true scale of time over cosmic, geologic, biological and social periods.


CodePlex was a forge website by Microsoft. While it was active, it allowed shared development of open-source software. Its features includes wiki pages, source control based on Mercurial, Team Foundation Server (TFS), Subversion (also powered by TFS) or Git, discussion forums, issue tracking, project tagging, RSS support, statistics, and releases.

While CodePlex once encompassed a wide variety of projects, including SQL Server, WPF and Windows Forms-related projects, its major activities were focused on .NET Framework (including ASP.NET) and SharePoint. The most prominent and used project that was born inside CodePlex, the AJAX Control Toolkit, is a joint project between the community and Microsoft.

Conference XP

ConferenceXP is an open source videoconferencing platform designed to address the needs of academic distance learning / multi-institutional instruction and advanced collaboration scenarios. It is intended to be both a tool for end users and a platform for developing solutions for specific vertical applications as well as distributed applications. It supports advanced capabilities including: handwriting and 'ink' input through Tablet PCs; high definition video sharing up to 1080p; and desktop conferencing via USB and IEEE 1394 cameras. ConferenceXP was originally conceived in 2001 by the Microsoft Research Learning Science and Technology team and released under a shared source license.

In July 2007 Microsoft Research External Research and Programs announced the funding of the Center for Collaborative Technologies at the University of Washington for a duration of 3 years. The primary mission of the Center was to continue development and deployment support for ConferenceXP.

In December 2010, both Microsoft and the University of Washington assigned rights to the OuterCurve Foundation, and a new Open-source license was applied, the Apache License version 2.0. After the transition to open source, the University of Washington continues to support the main ConferenceXP Website, and the source code repository for the project, and will act as central point of contact for contributors to the project.

High Capacity Color Barcode

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The technology was created by Gavin Jancke, an engineering director at Microsoft Research. Quoted by BBC News in 2007, he said that HCCB was not intended to replace conventional barcodes. "'It's more of a 'partner' barcode', he said. 'The UPC barcodes will always be there. Ours is more of a niche barcode where you want to put a lot of information in a small space.'"

Jim Jagielski

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List of free and open-source software organizations

The following are notable organizations devoted to the advocacy, legal aid, financial aid, technical aid, governance, etc. of free and open-source software (FOSS) as a whole, or of one or more specific FOSS projects. For projects that have their own foundation or are part of an umbrella organization, the primary goal is often to provide a mechanism for funding development of the software.

For the most part, these organizations are structured as nonprofit/charity organizations.

This list does not include companies that aim to make money from free and open-source software.

List of installation software

The following is a list of applications for building installation programs, organized by platform support.

Microsoft Store

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The Microsoft Store offers Signature PCs and tablets like the Microsoft Surface and from third parties such as HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and VAIO without demos or trialware (pre-installed free trials of certain third-party software that expire after a limited time). It also offers Windows (most retail versions), Microsoft Office and Xbox One game consoles, games and services including on-site Xbox diagnostics. The Answers Desk helps to answer questions related to Windows, Office, and other Microsoft products. The stores also offer class sessions as well as individual appointments.

The first two Microsoft Stores opened within a week of the Windows 7 launch, in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California. Additional stores have since opened in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and Washington. At the 2011 Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that they intend to open 75 new stores in the next three years.The first store outside the U.S. (and the first of eight stores in Canada) opened in Toronto on November 16, 2012 while the first store outside North America (and first store in Asia-Pacific and second flagship store) opened in Sydney, Australia on November 12, 2015 In September 2017, the company announced a store on Regent Street in London, United Kingdom .

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communications platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. The service integrates with the company's Office 365 subscription office productivity suite and features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products. Microsoft Teams is a competitor to services such as Slack and is the evolution and upgrade path from Microsoft Skype for Business.

Microsoft announced Teams at an event in New York, and launched the service worldwide on 14 March 2017. It was created, and is currently led, by Brian MacDonald, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft.


NuGet is a free and open-source package manager designed for the Microsoft development platform (formerly known as NuPack).

Since its introduction in 2010, NuGet has evolved into a larger ecosystem of tools and services.NuGet is distributed as a Visual Studio extension. Starting with Visual Studio 2012, NuGet comes pre-installed by default. NuGet is also integrated with SharpDevelop. NuGet can also be used from the command line and automated with scripts.

It supports multiple programming languages, including:

.NET Framework packages

Native packages written in C++, with package creation aided by CoApp

O'Reilly Open Source Award

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Surface Studio

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Windows Installer XML Toolset (WiX, pronounced "wicks"), is a free software toolset that builds Windows Installer packages from XML. It consists of a command-line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM packages. WiX was the first Microsoft project to be released under an open-source license, the Common Public License. It was also the first Microsoft project to be hosted on an external website.

After its release in 2004, Microsoft has used WiX to package Office 2007, SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005/2008, and other products.WiX includes Votive, a Visual Studio add-in that allows creating and building WiX setup projects using the Visual Studio IDE. Votive supports syntax highlighting and IntelliSense for .wxs source files and adds a WiX setup project type .wixproj to Visual Studio.

Windows Installer

Windows Installer (previously known as Microsoft Installer, codename Darwin) is a software component and application programming interface (API) of Microsoft Windows used for the installation, maintenance, and removal of software. The installation information, and optionally the files themselves, are packaged in installation packages, loosely relational databases structured as COM Structured Storages and commonly known as "MSI files", from their default filename extensions. Windows Installer contains significant changes from its predecessor, Setup API. New features include a GUI framework and automatic generation of the uninstallation sequence. Windows Installer is positioned as an alternative to stand-alone executable installer frameworks such as older versions of InstallShield and NSIS.

Before the introduction of Windows Store, Microsoft encouraged third parties to use Windows Installer as the basis for installation frameworks, so that they synchronize correctly with other installers and keep the internal database of installed products consistent. Important features such as rollback and versioning depend on a consistent internal database for reliable operation. Furthermore, Windows Installer facilitates the principle of least privilege by performing software installations by proxy for unprivileged users.


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