Microsoft Corp. said it will make its .Net programming tools freely available in an open source model, a significant move by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella to enable the company’s software to work with rival technologies.

The company will also expand the .Net tools so they can run on Linux and Apple Inc.’s Mac operating systems. The products that will be available in an open source model include all of the .Net programming tools that are used to develop applications for server networks. Microsoft will also work with the open source community and take contributions for .Net updates, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in a statement today.

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