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Microsoft may be the world’s largest open source contributor, but developers don’t care–yet

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Microsoft has twice as many employees actively contributing to open source compared to Google, yet it gets half the credit. As it turns out, old views of the Redmond giant die hard.

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Microsoft developers- Microsoft is the world’s biggest open source contributor, at least, as measured by the number of employees actively contributing to open source projects on GitHub. In fact, Microsoft has double the number of open source contributors as the second most active contributor, Google. Despite this, developer respondents to DigitalOcean’s most recent survey found Google, not Microsoft, as twice as friendly to open source. What gives?

A rich history of giving

First off, Google is a big contributor to open source, and has been for years. From the Google Summer of Code to its contributions to MySQL and a range of other projects, Google has been an active contributor. More recently, Google has built up copious quantities of goodwill with developers for its contributions of Kubernetes and TensorFlow. With each, Google has unlocked tremendous value for a broad swath of the developer population.

Even more impressively, Google managed these projects in such a way that they’ve become true community endeavors, and not a single-vendor exercise in vanity open source. Developers have noticed.

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