The open-sourcing of this technology only stands to benefit Microsoft and there is minimal risk involved. By allowing outside groups to contribute to Chakra, this will help enhance the engine and the company hopes to expand its adoption across the web outside of its own products.
Microsoft is putting a few big names behind the project by saying that AMD, Intel and NodeSource have expressed interest in contributing to the project. Chakra was created in 2008 from a clean slate and had the goal of providing high performance while also being able to adapt to emerging technologies without needing to dismantle the key components of the code.
Microsoft has been open-sourcing many of its core technology components during the past couple of years. While the company traditionally shied away from working with the broader developer community to build out its key technology assets, such as Chakra, it’s clear that under Nadella, yesterday’s way of operating is no longer the status quo.
You can read more about the open sourcing of Chakra, here.