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#Hacktoberfest 2018: Thank you! 

It feels like we just announced our participation, but Hacktoberfest 2018 has officially come to a close. On behalf of my team and everyone at Microsoft, we thank each and every one of you for your contributions. Your response and enthusiasm blew us away, with participants ranging from long-time Microsoft community members to people completely...

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Join our #Hacktoberfest 2018 celebration! 

*UPDATE* Thanks for your amazing contributions to Hacktoberfest! Emails with the t-shirt redemption codes will be sent in November. Look for them within a few weeks. Thank YOU!  Since announcing our participation in Hacktoberfest earlier this month, we’ve heard from many community members and contributors, and we’re excited to share more details about how to...

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Hacktoberfest: Tips for growing open source communities in October and beyond 

For the last four years, DigitalOcean and GitHub have spearheaded Hacktoberfest, a month-long open source initiative that encourages people of all experience levels to contribute to open source projects. The premise is straightforward: open five pull requests (PRs) in any GitHub-hosted open source project and earn a limited-edition Hacktoberfest T-shirt. People have credited Hacktoberfest for...

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We’re joining Hacktoberfest 2018 

October 1 UPDATE: additional information on how to participate is now available here.  We’re excited to announce that we’re participating in this year’s Hacktoberfest! An annual celebration of all things open source, Hacktoberfest launched as a partnership between DigitalOcean and GitHub in 2014 and rallies a global community of contributors, with last year’s event drawing...

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How to automate your release notes 

Two facts are generally true for software releases.  One, as users, we wish software releases came with better release notes, and two, we hate creating release notes when it’s our turn to ship software updates. Creating release notes requires someone to go back in time to the last release, gathering the relevant information, and compiling...

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Celebrating OSCON’s 20th anniversary 

We’re in Portland this week for OSCON’s return to the City of Roses (or Beervana, depending on who you ask) to celebrate the ground-breaking event’s 20th birthday. Some of Microsoft’s 3,000 open source contributors from across the company will be there showcasing some of their favorite open source technologies and community projects throughout many breakout...

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GitHub acquisition furthers Microsoft’s commitment to open source 

This week Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, building on our partnership that has spanned the last several years. When the acquisition completes, GitHub will remain the independent and trusted, open environment that it is today. “We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently...

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Now on GitHub: The Autonomous Driving Cookbook from Microsoft 

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s why I’m happy to present the Autonomous Driving Cookbook which is now available on GitHub. The Autonomous Driving Cookbook is an open source collection of scenarios, tutorials, and demos to help you quickly onboard various aspects of...

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Open Source Weekly: New Python support, enterprise-scale Git, and more 

Docs.microsoft.com is home to thousands of pages of documentation, from Apache to Zendesk.  For technical documentation, API reference, code examples, quickstarts, and tutorials on you’re favorite Microsoft + Open Source scenarios, check out the inventory here. For a sample of these docs, plus open source related community news, product announcements, and recent demos from around...

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Now available: open source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 

This week Microsoft released the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 out of beta. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, is a free, easy-to-use, open source, commercial-grade toolkit that trains deep learning algorithms to learn like the human brain. “Cognitive Toolkit is being used extensively by a wide variety of Microsoft products, by companies worldwide with...

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Azure CLI 2.0 now generally available 

This week Microsoft announced the general availability Azure CLI 2.0, including the vm, acs, storage and network commands. These commands provide a rich interface for a large array of use cases, from disk and extension management to container cluster creation. With this release, customers can now use these commands in production, with full support by...

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