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Microsoft reverses '.NET' change after open-source community outcry

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San Francisco, Oct 24 (IANS) Tech giant Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming .NET 6 release, after a public outcry from the open-source community.

Microsoft angered the .NET open source community by removing a key part of Hot Reload in the upcoming release of .NET 6, a feature that allows developers to modify source code while an app is running and immediately see the results, The Verge reported.

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It is a feature many had been looking forward to using in Visual Studio Code and across multiple platforms until Microsoft made a controversial last-minute decision to lock it to Visual Studio 2022 which is a paid product that’s limited to Windows.

Sources at Microsoft, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the tech website that the last-minute change was made by Julia Liuson, the head of Microsoft’s developer division and was a business-focused move.

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Microsoft has now reversed the change following a backlash, and anger inside the company from many of Microsoft’s own employees.

“We made a mistake in executing on our decision and took longer than expected to respond back to the community,” said Scott Hunter, director of programme management for .NET.

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Microsoft has now approved the community’s pull request to re-enable this feature and it will be available in the final version of the .NET 6 SDK.

“We have taken steps to address the issue that some of our OSS community members have experienced,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

“Hot Reload capability will be in the general availability build of the .NET 6 SDK available on November 8,” the spokesperson added.

Microsoft’s blog post doesn’t address this controversial decision, though. Instead, it suggests it was simply a mistake to remove the code instead of simply disabling it, and not a business decision.

–IANS

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