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May 15, 2006

Microsoft launches CodePlex, a shared source project site

Posted by David Hunter at 9:24 PM ET.

Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch:

CodePlex is not the name for a new wing of the ever-expanding Microsoft campus headquarters. Instead, it is Microsoft’s newest code-repository site, aimed especially at shared- and open-source programmers.

On May 15, Microsoft went live with the beta version of its CodePlex site. The site, which is coded in C# and is built on top of a hosted version of Microsoft Team Foundation Server platform, includes support for wiki-based team communication, to RSS feed aggregation, to forums.

Microsoft’s plan is to take the CodePlex site “more formally live” in late June or early July, said Bill Hilf, director of Microsoft’s platform strategy.

Sources said Microsoft’s current plan is to launch the final version of the site at the Open Source Business Conference in London in late June.

Hilf described CodePlex as a “community development Web site” that is an outgrowth of Microsoft’s shared-source effort.

“We are fostering .Net and community developers who are doing community stuff,” Hilf said in an interview with Microsoft Watch. “We set out to create something using our best and latest software that would let folks use any license they want” to make their code available, including the GNU General Public License, OpenBSD and Microsoft’s own shared-source licenses.

CodePlex is not meant to be a replacement for existing code-repository sites, such as Microsoft’s GotDotNet or SourceForge, Hilf said.

Whether existing Microsoft projects will move over is a matter of some discussion as Sean Michael Kerner details at InternetNews.

Filed under General Business, Microsoft, Open Source, Shared Source

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