Microsoft has announced a program that will grant Azure credits to open source projects for a year. Any project in any technology with an Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license may apply, company officials said on Tuesday.
Developers will be able to use these credits for testing, storage, builds, and other development work.
“Open source software is an integral part of development at Microsoft, aligned with our goal to empower all developers to be successful building any application, using any language, on any platform. We are committed to building open, flexible technology and working with the open source community to grow together as an industry. We are giving back to the open source ecosystem we participate in and depend on,” writes Carol Smith, senior program manager, Microsoft Open Source Programs Office in a blog post.
Microsoft has already extended these credit grants to some some projects in the open source ecosystem including FreeBSD, Alma Linux, Haskell, Snakemate workflow management and Promitor.
Those interested can apply through the Azure Credits website. Each grant will be for one year. Applicants will need to re-apply each year if they would like credits again.