Microsoft Announces Linux on Azure Certification
When it comes to the cloud, the software giant extends its embrace of Linux to include a new certification for budding cloud administrators.In another sign that "Microsoft loves Linux," as CEO Satya Nadella proudly proclaimed last year, the Redmond, Wash.-based software and cloud services company today announced a new certification for IT professionals. Dubbed the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification, and created with the help of the Linux Foundation, the stamp of approval "represents one more important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and the open-source community," the company said in a Dec. 9 statement. Certification requires passing the company' Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (Microsoft Exam 70-533) and the Linux Foundation's Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exams. Microsoft's open-source outreach over the past few years hasn't gone without notice, according to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. "From participating in Node.js, the Core Infrastructure Initiative and other Collaborative Projects at Linux Foundation to its recent partnerships with Red Hat and SUSE, Microsoft is demonstrating a sincere, smart and practical approach to how it builds new technologies and supports its vast customer base," he wrote in a blog post today.
"Microsoft open-sourced .NET; it open-sourced key parts of its Web browser; and it uses Linux for its Azure Cloud Switch," he added. Microsoft also today announced that an independent group of volunteers at the company open-sourced and forked Windows Live Writer, a well-regarded blog authoring tool, that hasn't been updated since its 2012 release. The new software, called Open Live Writer, can be downloaded here.