Microsoft’s SQL database software is quite successful already, but it will come as a surprise to many that the tech giant is finally making it available on Linux.

Initially, Microsoft made its intentions clear that it would not make its software available on other platforms, especially an open-sourced one like Linux, but it seems as though the tech giant has changed its mind, that too for good reason.

It is important to note that the move falls in line with current CEO, Satya Nadella’s approach, which focuses on competing across all platforms, even though it goes completely against what his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, believed in.

In an interview with the New York Times, Nadella explained that the reason why the company has decided to make its SQL database software available on Linux is because it gives the tech giant the opportunity to expand its horizons, and also due to the fact that data has proven itself to be a core asset these days.

Now that Microsoft is a lot more supportive of competing operating systems, it may be able to overcome the various obstacles its own Windows OS has had to face over the years. Nadella did in fact accept that Windows was no longer the center of the universe when it comes to computing, but through such a move, and many others along the way, it will be able to perfect its platform and increase its target audience at the same time.