Microsoft finally Opens up WinJS as Open-source Software

Microsoft has been strongly trailing the path of openness on the web, lately. And for no obscure reason, than the repeated success stories of the likes of Google with Android, proving beyond doubt that open platform has its great benefits.

And today, Microsoft took a rather foreseen step in opening up the source code of the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) under the Apache 2.0 license as an Open Source project by MS Open Technologies, according to Windows blog.

WinJS is a JavaScript library that was first created for Windows 8 to enable first class, native-quality experiences in Windows Runtime apps using familiar web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

WinJS becoming cross-platform means that web developers can now take advantage of high-quality controls and infrastructure to expand their reach beyond Windows to the web and non-Windows devices. Extending WinJS to other browsers and devices beyond Windows further extends their reach and allows them to bring the personality of Windows apps to the web without rewriting code or learning new skills.

The new WinJS is now live, give it a try by going to the Try WinJS site in your favorite browser, view and edit code, and check out the results.
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