Microsoft has Built its own Linux Operating System

Sit Tight on your seats, because you’re gonna get a Shock.
Microsoft has developed an Operating System powered by LINUX.
Close your mouth first. It’s True!
Microsoft has built its own Linux-based operating system called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) and believe me, under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has become more open than ever.
According to the announcement made through an official blog post on Microsoft website, Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) describes as “cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux.” or Simply, “Commodity switch software stack for data center networks”.
The Purpose of developing Linux-based Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) operating system at Microsoft is to make it simpler to control the hardware from multiple vendors (such as Switches) that powers their cloud-based services.

And here’s the Kicker:

“Running on Linux, ACS [Azure Cloud Switch] is able to make use of its vibrant ecosystem. ACS allows to use and extend Open Source, Microsoft, and Third Party applications.”

You can see the main functional blocks from top to the bottom of the ACS stack as shown in the image below.
Microsoft has Built its own Linux Operating System

However, Microsoft’s Linux distribution is not going to appear on Desktops or Servers anytime soon, because this isn’t a typical consumer-grade Operating System.

For Now, Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) Linux OS is just an internal tool that Microsoft uses to “debug, fix as well as test software bugs much faster”, scale down software and develop features for enterprise and cloud computing services.

Microsoft Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) was demonstrated at the SIGCOMM conference in August 2015 at Imperial College London.

This move by Satya Nadella’s Microsoft is really significant.

If you’re interested in the technical deep dive into Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), you will find it on the Microsoft Azure blog.

Microsoft… To Win, Make Love, Not War.

It is not the first time that Microsoft is partnering with rival technologies.

Earlier this year, Microsoft had announced its partnership with Cyanogen, the most popular third-party ROM for Android phones and tablets.

And Cyanogen is reportedly working on deeper integration of Microsoft’s Digital personal virtual assistant, Cortana, into its latest version of Operating System.

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