This Wednesday, OpenChain announced that Microsoft has joined them as a platinum member and a board member to help drive open source compliance. Microsoft is a new addition to the list of many huge companies joining the OpenChain project including Uber, Google, and Facebook.
OpenChain General Manager, Shane Coughlan announcing the collaboration said in a blog post, “We’re thrilled that Microsoft has joined the project and welcome their expertise. Microsoft is a strong addition not only in terms of open source but also in standardization. Their membership provides great balance to our community of enterprise, cloud, automotive and silicon companies, allowing us to ensure the standard is suitable for any size company across any industry.”
Why Microsoft joined OpenChain?
While building new products and services, companies make use of existing open source software provided by their supply chains. Working on these large-scale projects makes it difficult for them to ensure that the license requirements are met in a timely and effective manner. To make open source compliance simpler and more consistent for companies, the OpenChain Project develops standards and training materials.
As a part of the OpenChain community, Microsoft will now work more closely with it to create future standards that will help bring even greater trust to the open source ecosystem. It has helped the OpenChain community in developing its upcoming OpenChain Specification version. David Rudin, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, said, “Trust is key to open source, and compliance with open source licenses is an important part of building that trust. By joining the OpenChain Project, we look forward to working alongside the community to define compliance standards that help build confidence in the open source ecosystem and supply chain.”
Not only with OpenChain, but Microsoft is also working with the Linux Foundation’s TODO Group, which is an open group of companies who collaborate to create practices, tools, and other ways for running open source programs. It also joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) last year in October and made its entire patent portfolio available to OIN members.
Read the full announcement on OpenChain’s website.