On October 14, officials connected with the .Net Foundation said they would be creating an advisory council and launching forums "to engage with the larger .NET community and to start the flow of ideas on the future of .NET, the community of users of .NET, and the community of contributors to the .NET ecosystem."
As explained in a draft of the Advisory Council proposal, "Because of its close affiliation to Microsoft, the .NET Foundation has a long term goal to establish its own credibility through independence and impartiality. An Advisory Council where the majority of seats are held by external community members can help achieve this goal; especially if the Advisory Council is tasked with making real decisions and policy recommendations."
Company officials announced the culmination of a plan three years in the making to open source a number of the company's developer technologies at Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference. At that time, officials also announced they would be partnering with Xamarin to create a new .Net Foundation, which would be responsible for the newly open-sourced bits.