After MS-DOS, Microsoft Now Open Sources GW-Basic

Microsoft released on GitHub the original 8088 assembly language sources for its interpreter for GW-BASIC 1.0, a dialect of the Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) programming language released in 1983 and bundled with MS-DOS operating systems on IBM PC compatibles. After re-open-sourcing MS-DOS, Microsoft proceeds with releasing GW-BASIC under an MIT license due to numerous requests.

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One of the best things for your business and your developers is to encourage them to write open source software.

The top two reasons are: To improve coding skills and because they believe in open source.

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