MSBuild is a platform for building applications, and the default build engine for Visual Studio and the .NET community on the Windows platform. It enables developers to orchestrate and build products in environments where Visual Studio isn’t installed. Through open sourcing MSBuild, the team intends to make it a top choice for .NET developers on the Linux and Mac platforms.
The team reports that community feedback led them to open source MSBuild, and through the .NET Foundation, they hope to continue this collaboration.
Read more about the open sourcing of MSBuild on the .NET team blog.
Director, Technical Evangelism, Microsoft Open Technologies