You might be shocked to hear that Microsoft has developed an Operating System powered by LINUX.
Microsoft has built its own Linux-based operating system Called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS).
According to an announcement through an official blog post on Microsoft’s website, ACS describes as “cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux.” or “Commodity switch software stack for data center networks”.
The purpose behind the development of Linux-based Azure Cloud Switch operating System is, Microsoft want to make it simpler to control the hardware from multiple vendors that power their cloud-based services.
And here’s the Kicker:
However, Microsoft’s Linux distribution is not going to appear on Desktops or Servers anytime soon, because this isn’t a typical consumer-grade Operating System.
For Now, Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) Linux OS is just an internal tool that Microsoft uses to “debug, fix as well as test software bugs much faster”, scale down software and develop features for enterprise and cloud computing services.
Microsoft Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) was demonstrated at the SIGCOMM conference in August 2015 at Imperial College London.
This move by Satya Nadella’s Microsoft is really significant.
If you’re interested in the technical deep dive into Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), you will find it on the Microsoft Azure blog
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It is not the first time that Microsoft is partnering with rival technologies.
Earlier this year, Microsoft had announced its partnership with Cyanogen, the most popular third-party ROM for Android phones and tablets.
And Cyanogen is reportedly working on deeper integration of Microsoft’s Digital personal virtual assistant, Cortana, into its latest version of Operating System.
You can see the main functional blocks from top to the bottom of the ACS stack as shown in the image below.