Microsoft has joined the Academy Software Foundation as a Premier Member. The Foundation was jointly established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation in August 2018. It provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound. The move aims to promote open source software development in the film and media industries.
“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and it’s this mission that drives our commitment to open source,” said Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media and Edge, Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to become a member of the Academy Software Foundation and work together with the industry’s open source community to bring the latest cloud technologies to the Foundation and its projects.”
David Morin, executive director of the Academy Software Foundation, issued a statement about welcoming Microsoft:
“Studios and vendors across the motion picture industry have come together in support of the Academy Software Foundation, and their commitment has fueled our growth. We are pleased to welcome Microsoft to the Academy Software Foundation. Their membership helps us hit a significant milestone as we surpass $1M in annual funding, a solid financial base that we will use to support our open source projects, the software engineers that develop them, and the open source community in general.”