Microsoft has released the source code for the ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages under an open source Apache 2.0 licence, the company announced on Tuesday.
The code, which lets developers interact with the ASP.NET web application framework, is hosted on CodePlex. The software will continue to be supported by Microsoft and will be staffed by the same Microsoft developers, Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's server and tools business, wrote in a blog post.
"Our goal with today's announcement is to increase the feedback loop on the products even more, and allow us to deliver even better products," Guthrie wrote. "We are really excited about the improvements this will bring."
With the release of the code, Microsoft will let external developers submit patches and code contributions that it will consider integrating into future versions of the software.
All code submissions will be "rigorously reviewed and tested by the ASP.NET MVC Team", Guthrie wrote, noting that only those submissions that fit the "design/roadmap appropriateness" would be merged into the source.