Microsoft Launches CodePlex, a New Collaborative Development Portal

CodePlex Will Foster Global Collaborative Development and House

Community-Oriented Microsoft Shared Source and Open Source Projects

Jun 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    LONDON, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the Open Source
 Business Conference in London, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) unveiled
 CodePlex, an online collaborative software development portal that is also
 a vehicle for sharing source code. Microsoft(R) CodePlex is already home to
 more than 30 collaborative development efforts, including open source
 software projects that reflect the open community-building spirit of
 Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative.
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     "CodePlex provides a forum to bring together developers from around the
 world and gives them tools, source code and an advanced platform for
 designing and building software," said Jon Rosenberg, director of Community
 Source Programs at Microsoft. "CodePlex is just one of the ways in which
 Microsoft is fostering collaborative community innovation. Through the
 Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft has engaged with over 2 million
 developers on 120 different programs."
     To date, CodePlex has received more than 100,000 visits worldwide since
 the beta testing stage began in May of this year. The community interest in
 the projects posted during the beta testing stage has led to the addition
 of a host of new projects to the portal, which has grown from a dozen
 initially to more than 30.
     CodePlex functionality, built on Microsoft Visual Studio(R) 2005 Team
 Foundation Server, provides source control, issue tracking, discussion
 forums and RSS feeds in and out of each project so that members can stay up
 to date on the development issues most important to them. Microsoft Visual
 Studio Team Foundation Server enables developers to collaboratively
 develop, share, discuss and consume source code and build software.
     The Shared Source Initiative and open source projects available on
 CodePlex today include projects such as the "Atlas" Control Toolkit,
 IronPython 1.01 Beta 1 and Power Toys for Visual Studio. More information
 about these and other projects is available at
     About the Microsoft Shared Source Initiative
     The Microsoft Shared Source Initiative is a spectrum of programs and
 licenses that make Microsoft source code more broadly available to
 customers, partners, developers, governments, academics and other
 interested individuals. Through the Shared Source Initiative, more than
     2 million developers receive access to Microsoft source code through
 more than 120 different programs. More information can be found at
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 services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
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