Microsoft acquires jClarity to improve Java workloads on Azure and contribute to open source

Today, Microsoft Corporation announced the acquisition of jClarity, a team that is most commonly known for co-founding the AdoptOpenJDK, which is an OpenJDK distribution replacement for Oracle’s JDK. With the acquisition of this crew of established data science and Java Virtual Machine (JVM) experts, Microsoft aims to boost its contributions to open source while simultaneously drive increased performance for Java workloads on its cloud computing service—Azure.

John Montgomery, the corporate Vice President of Program Management for Developer Tools and Services wrote:

The jClarity team, with the backing of Microsoft, will continue to collaborate with the OpenJDK community and the Java ecosystem to foster the progress of the platform. [...] Microsoft Azure and jClarity engineers will be working together to make Azure a better platform for our Java customers, and internal teams, improving the experience and performance of the platform for Java developers and end-users.

Microsoft is certainly not a stranger to Java and AdoptOpenJDK. Back in 2018, the tech giant sponsored AdoptOpenJDK's development to help build OpenJDK binaries for Windows and Linux. Furthermore, in recent years Microsoft's deployments in Java have substantially increased with clients like Adobe, Daimler and Société Générale bringing Java production workloads to Azure.

You can read more about the official announcement on the original blog post here.

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