Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, joins Microsoft

Guido van Rossum, creator of the popular Python programming language, has announced that a new adventure begins at Microsoft. After passing through other large technology companies such as Dropbox or Google, the German programmer begins to work in the company headed by Satya Nadella.

This action results in Microsoft’s approach to the Python environment, which has been integrated into .NET and Visual Studio in different ways. In addition, a few months ago, Python and its developer tools arrived on the Microsoft Store for easy installation by developers.

Guido van Rossum will continue to work on Python at Microsoft

Van Rossum says Microsoft will work to “improve Python (and not just for Windows)”. From Microsoft, they also confirmed the incorporation to the Development Division. From the company, they convey that “Microsoft is committed to the growth of the Python community and the arrival of Guido is a reflection of that”.

A few years ago this addition would have been unthinkable due to the open source philosophy of the programmer. Now, with Microsoft’s approach to the open source philosophy, being one of the biggest contributors and owner of Github, we see how the big advocates of this philosophy have changed their view of the business.

I decided retirement was boring and joined Microsoft’s developer division. To do what? Too many options to say! But it will improve the use of Python for sure (and not just on Windows :-). There is a lot of open source here. Watch this place.

– Guido van Rossum (@gvanrossum) November 12, 2020

Guido van Rossum started working on Python in 1989, continuing his development in various American institutions until 2005. It was in that year that he joined Google until 2012. After developing his review tool for internal code, he made the jump to Dropbox.

To date, Python is one of the most widely used programming languages ​​in the world according to various studies. Also, it is really important in the processing of data models for machine learning technologies. And, furthermore, it is taught in several university degrees because of its ease of learning by students of disciplines other than computer science.

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