Microsoft Frees CoreCLR

Feb 10, 2015

.NET Core execution engine is the basis for cross-platform .NET implementations.

Microsoft took the next step in the gradual open sourcing of its .NET platform with the announcement that they are releasing the CoreCLR execution engine under the MIT license. The announcement follows the previous release of some of the core .NET libraries. According to a blog post from the .NET team, “.NET Core is a modular implementation of .NET that can be used as the base stack for a wide variety of scenarios … from console utilities to web aps in the cloud.” The developers described their strategy for the Core .NET release in a previous blog post, pointing out some differences between the Core .NET released to open source and the classic .NET framework.

The announcement states, “You can check out the CoreCLR sources, fork, clone, and build. We have released the complete CoreCLR implementation.”

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