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Italy's Lombardia region uses open data on Windows Azure to build for the future
The Lombardia region in northern Italy has recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement, launching dati.lombardia.it . Powered by the Socrata Open Data Portal running on Windows Azure , it hosts more than 430 datasets and visualizations on a range of topics, from museum...
7 Mar 2014
Make Web Not War helps bring together community and government for International Open Data Day
Make Web Not War 2011 in Vancouver, photo credit: Kris Krug On Friday, more than 300 public servants, community activists, developers and designers will converge in Toronto for Open Data Day – and Microsoft’s Keith Loo will be among them. Loo, a Strategy Lead for Microsoft’s...
21 Feb 2014
Brad Anderson describes the virtuous cycle of cloud computing
“At Microsoft, we think the public cloud’s virtuous cycle can actually get a lot bigger, a lot more functional, and a lot more powerful by integrating service providers and hosted clouds,” writes Brad Anderson. Customers who use the public cloud see benefits from lower prices...
30 Jan 2014
Interoperability protocols plugfest set for March 25-27 in Taiwan
The Microsoft interoperability teams are hosting their next plugfest in Taipei, Taiwan on March 25-27, with the free event covering a broad range of topics including Windows Server, Office, and SQL Server and open protocols. “A critical aspect of Microsoft product development is an ecosystem...
30 Jan 2014
Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft . It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog . On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I...
27 Jan 2014
Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 for Windows now available, broadening the accessibility of Hadoop
Hortonworks has announced the general availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.0 for Windows, the “next release of the industry’s only 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows,” writes Herain Oberoi on the SQL Server Blog. “With Windows Server leading...
22 Jan 2014
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. expands to China
Jean Paoli, President of Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., during his keynote at the launch of Microsoft Open Technologies in Shanghai, China on Jan. 16. Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) – a subsidiary of Microsoft dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies...
16 Jan 2014
Linux Integration Services 3.5 release improves Windows and Linux interoperability
Last week, Microsoft released Linux Integration Services version 3.5, another “significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to provide great support for open source software on Microsoft virtualization platforms,” writes Abhishek Gupta on the Openness@Microsoft blog. Linux Integration...
10 Jan 2014
IE 11 for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 now on modern.IE for testing across platforms
Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced modern.IE, a free set of tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to ensure their sites work smoothly across Internet Explorer, as well as other modern Web browsers. Now, IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 are being added to the...
19 Dec 2013
Microsoft to help launch new association for accessibility professionals
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, which wants to transform accessibility into a globally recognized profession, will launch in March, reports Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer. “So far, accessibility has developed at a grassroots level, hindered...
17 Dec 2013
The Hunger Games Explorer site sparks conversation while giving fans platform solidarity
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”– the second film in the wildly popular trilogy – hit theaters on Nov. 22. The trilogy was inspired by the gladiator games of ancient Rome, but in the futuristic “Hunger Games,” pre-selected children are the ones fighting to their death...
27 Nov 2013
Manage your environments with a single console using SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center
The availability of SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center, which gives system administrators running Windows and Linux servers a single console for managing their environments, was announced at SUSECon 2013 . Alfonso Castro, Microsoft Open Solutions Group director of strategic partnerships...
13 Nov 2013
Open-tech enthusiasts team up to offer an app that connects kids with local activities
School is well underway by now and that means there’s a world of kids who have a few hours to kill every afternoon. What’s a parent to do? The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) in Ontario’s Peel region found that there are plenty of activities available, but there is a general...
15 Oct 2013
Peace, love and openness: Make Web Not War opens new online community
If you’re a hater and debater, this may not be your scene. But if you’re into “badass hackathons and crazy technical contraptions” and an open Web, you might want to check out Make Web Not War (MWNW), a Canadian community of open-tech enthusiasts that just launched a new online...
2 Oct 2013
SUSE Cloud 2.0 with support for Microsoft Hyper-V now available
On Sept. 24, SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Cloud 2.0 , an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private clouds. The new release includes full support for Microsoft Hyper-V , and helps customers set up mixed hypervisor private clouds that can be rapidly deployed and...
1 Oct 2013
Brad Anderson offers a ‘friction-free’ and flexible path to the cloud at OpenWorld 2013
Last week, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server and System Center Program Management Brad Anderson became the first Microsoft executive to deliver a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld. Times they are a changin’, and in a very positive way. In his keynote, Anderson showcased how Microsoft and Oracle...
30 Sep 2013
Microsoft’s cloud vision made crystal clear at Oracle OpenWorld 2013
Oracle OpenWorld 2013 kicks off on Monday and Microsoft has several sessions planned to help you understand our latest innovations in the cloud. The Server and Cloud Blog highlighted a few Microsoft sessions for attendees, including: · Microsoft and Oracle: Partners in the Enterprise Cloud...
23 Sep 2013
Great news for Ubuntu fans: Windows Azure is now fully supported by Juju
On Tuesday, the Windows Azure blog announced that Ubuntu users can now use Juju to design and instantly deploy sophisticated application infrastructures into Windows Azure. “As part of our commitment to openness and interoperability, we’re excited to announce that Windows Azure is now...
17 Sep 2013
Caixa Economica Federal bank selects Microsoft solutions to support 118,000 employees, 3,000 branches
The Openness @ Microsoft blog reports that a growing number of historically open source customers are embracing Microsoft technologies. Caixa Economica Federal bank in Brazil recently joined the group. Caixa wanted to revamp their IT systems to “support growth, accelerate decision making, and...
19 Aug 2013
The limits of Google’s openness
The following is a post from David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues . You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched...
15 Aug 2013
Microsoft teams up with Socrata to address global “Open Data” movement
Microsoft has formed a partnership with Socrata, one of the world’s foremost providers of Open Data solutions. “The Socrata Open Data Platform running on Windows Azure provides government organizations with a comprehensive set of capabilities for launching their transparency initiatives...
10 Jul 2013
Feedback needed: Exchange Server and Outlook standards
We get that facilitating interoperability between our products and products from other vendors is important. This is especially true of communications tools such as email and calendaring. After all, how can anyone expect to get any work done if they can’t communicate with one another or set...
3 Jun 2013
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