CodePlex Foundation, a Microsoft-backed open source projects initiative, has accepted its first non-Microsoft project, the foundation said.

The MVC Contrib project, enabling developers to build and test UI elements on top of Microsoft's ASP.Net MVC framework for model view controller-based web development, has been contributed to CodePlex. MVC Contrib is led by Eric Hexter and Jeffrey Palermo of software development and consulting firm Headspring.

"By contributing the MVC Contrib project to the CodePlex Foundation, we are stepping up to help bridge the gap between corporations and the open source community," said Hexter, who is Headspring's director of open source software initiatives, in a statement released by CodePlex.

Microsoft-contributed projects at CodePlex include the Orchard Project, providing applications and reusable components for ASP.Net, and ASP.Net Ajax Library, for building database-driven Web applications to execute entirely in a browser.

Formed last September, CodePlex Foundation is intended to bring  together open source communities and software companies for the purpose of increasing participation in open source projects.