Microsoft and Linux? Not the best team you might think and that’s not completely wrong. Back in the time when Steve Ballmer was the one who said in which direction Microsoft is about the head people didn’t even try to put the two words Microsoft and Linux in one sentence. This thinking might be coming from a statement Steve Ballmer once made where he was declaring Linux as cancer which could imply that he’d never partner with Linux and certainly not make an Azure certificate for Linux Users. However there is a different wind blowing with a new head at the leaderboard at Microsoft. Satya Nadella is now the CEO of Microsoft and we have seen a lot of changes the company has made already, some difficult ones, some ugly ones and some great ones but the latest trend from Microsoft seems to be to go a bit more in the direction of open source, of Linux.
To confirm this new trend Microsoft has today announced that starting with today the company is offering an Azure Certificate to Master Linux. This is actually called MCSA: Linux on Azure, whereas MCSA stands for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate and can be found on Microsoft’s Azure Platform. You might want to give that a try if you think you are a Linux Master, however there are a couple of tests you have to get through in to order to be able to get this title. First of all you have to do the “Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions” test from Microsoft and the “Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator” which has been made by the Linux Foundation. Easy? Well do both tests and confirm that you have done both tests by contacting North American Regional Service Center or send an email to [email protected] if you are living outside North America.
So there is definitely some change visible here from Microsoft but in fact the company is getting closer to Linux since some time already. The company has not only offered better support for Linux Users on their Azure website in the past few years, the even made some of their software available for the Linux platform. Apart from that the company also join the R Consortium which was initially founded by the Linux foundation.
There is probably about to come more in the upcoming months and years and I am excited where exactly the journey between Microsoft and Open Source Software will go, are you as well? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this story and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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