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Microsoft, Apple join Academy’s Software Foundation

Offers a neutral forum for open source software developers

Microsoft and Apple are the latest tech giants to join the Academy Software Foundation as Premier Members.

The Foundation aims to offer a forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on image creation, visual effects, animation and sound technologies.

AWS and Netflix joined earlier in the summer.

David Morin, executive director of the Academy Software Foundation, said: “Studios and vendors across the motion picture industry have come together in support of the Academy Software Foundation, and their commitment has fuelled our growth,” Morin said. “We are pleased to welcome Microsoft to the Academy Software Foundation. Their membership helps us hit a significant milestone as we surpass $1 million in annual funding, a solid financial base that we will use to support our open source projects, the software engineers that develop them, and the open source community in general.”

“Filmmakers everywhere use Apple products,” added Morin. “We are delighted to welcome Apple as a new member, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our open source projects run well on Apple software platforms.”