1. Microsoft Joins the Linux Foundation
The biggest tech news surprise of the year had to be when Microsoft announced that it had joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. To be fair, Microsoft has been warming up to the open source community in recent years, but the very idea that the company would be involved with an open source operating system was once all but unthinkable. In fact, former CEO Steve Ballmer even called Linux "a cancer."
Still, times change, and under its new CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft has open sourced thousands of lines of code.
About Microsoft's announcement, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said, "This is a good day. There was a time when the software industry in general was defined by rivalry and a zero-sum game mentality. The biggest thing that open source and Linux has proven over the last 25 years is that sharing works, and you can better yourself and others at the same time."