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Guest blog post from Eric Hanson, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Hadoop had a crazy and collaborative beginning as an OSS project, and that legacy continues. There have been over 1,200 contributors across 80 companies since its beginning. Microsoft has been contributing to Hadoop since October 2011, and we’re committed to giving back and keeping it open.

Our first wave of contributions, in collaboration with Hortonworks, has been to port Hadoop to Windows, to enable it both for our HDInsight service on Windows Azure and for on-premises Big Data installations on Windows.…