Microsoft launched its Windows Calculator application on the GitHub platform as an open-source software. The developers are now able to participate in the design process of the upcoming features and also implement them in collaboration with Microsoft engineers.
Anyone who has even used any version of Windows must have used the Windows calculator app. The Windows 1.0 was first released in 1985 and it has been an integral part of each version released up to Windows 10.
Microsoft has been encouraging its community members to participate in the development of old File Manager from Windows 3.0 and PowerShell.
Windows Calculator app is now open-source
We can see that Microsoft is still committed to the open-source software with the announcement of the Windows Calculator app to be open-sourced. Microsoft plans to make it available to all the developers on GitHub.
If you want to download the app now, follow the download link listed below:
⇒ Download Windows Calculator app [from Github]
Microsoft seems to be interested in improving the experience of Windows 10 users, since the Calculator app belongs to the current version of Windows.
However, Microsoft listed a few requirements so that the changes made by the community can be approved for a production release.
Furthermore, you can participate other projects on GitHub. This allows the developers to report issues, participate in discussions, and suggest ideas.
It is definitely going to be a good learning experience for the developers as they will be allowed to build their own projects by reusing the code.
The current move has been made as a part of the Microsoft’s plans to expand the development of its technology specifically to third party developers.
Microsoft wants its new plan to be a successful one because recently around 60,000 patents were offered as open-source for Linux.
You can find the full documentation of the Windows calculator app including unit tests, product road map, and the build system on the GitHub page.