Microsoft Goes All In On Rust Language For Windows and Cloud

Microsoft is aggressively recruiting Rust experts, signaling its commitment to make Rust a foundational language for Windows and cloud development. Multiple new job listings specifically seek senior software architects with extensive Rust and C# skills to build “global-scale platform services.”

This continues Microsoft’s push to rewrite key components of Windows and Azure services in Rust instead of C/C++. Rust’s emphasis on memory safety and concurrency makes it appealing for security and performance gains.

At last year’s BlueHat conference, Microsoft revealed plans to port parts of the Windows kernel to Rust, new Azure Quantum Development Kit also uses Rust, shrinking code size by 99% and accelerating speed 100x versus C#.

The new Rust job postings state the goal is “making Rust the foundation for global-scale platform services and future software development.” The teams will design Rust libraries, SDKs and rewrite existing C# services.

Rust has clear advantages over C/C++ in safety, speed and code clarity. But rearchitecting a massive legacy codebase like Windows is an enormous undertaking. Microsoft is playing a long game, steadily rewriting pieces in Rust to improve security and reliability.

With Azure cloud becoming more critical to Microsoft’s future, Rust’s strengths for concurrent, resilient cloud systems make sense. Google is also investing heavily in Rust for cloud infrastructure.

This major organizational and technical shift shows Microsoft’s confidence in Rust. After decades of C and C++, Microsoft is finally ready to turn the page and adopt a modern systems language. Rust’s star is rising at Microsoft.

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