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Posted by Colette StallbaumerDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
A recent Computer World story described how Microsoft has evolved to discover the virtues of openness. The article touched on one of my favorite examples of openness: Kinect. You may know how Kinect has captivated millions with its “invisible technology”, a term Stephen Spielberg and others used to describe how Kinect makes interactive entertainment accessible to everyone. No controllers. No remotes. No barriers between you and the technology. However, you may not know the path it has traveled. With support of an engaged community of platform enthusiasts, the device originally meant to revolutionize entertainment quickly evolved well beyond games to spark business innovations worldwide.
Posted by Matt TheodoresGeneral Manager, Marketing Strategy, Open Solutions Group
Yesterday Microsoft announced a significant milestone in its cloud computing strategy and solutions: the availability of System Center 2012 Release Candidate (RC), which customers can start using now to build private clouds.
Bill Toulas of OSArena interviewed Microsoft's Brian Swan, PHP Developer Advocate and was surprised to learn about Microsoft’s openness efforts and the many projects across Microsoft that improve interoperability between Microsoft and Open Source technologies, including recent updates to Windows Azure like Apache Hadoop-based services for "big data" customers.
Check out the full interview to learn more about how Microsoft and Open Source communities are working together.
At yesterday’s Node Summit, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie presented a new way to deploy to Windows Azure: Cloud9 IDE. Cloud9 IDE is a cross-platform, browser-based development environment for Node.js.
We’re getting a little love for tweaking a version of Hotmail specifically for the Kindle Fire, announced this week. Kindle Fire users can now enjoy the familiar benefits of Hotmail. Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet’s “All About Microsoft” blog correctly notes that this follows a slew of apps we rolled out last year for other non-Microsoft mobile devices, such as OneNote for the iPhone and iPad, and Lync client for Android and iPhone. Stay tuned as we’ll be continuing in this vein throughout the year and let us know what other productivity apps you’d like to see expanded to new platforms.