Openness@Microsoft

Open dialogue about standards, open source, and interoperability at Microsoft

February, 2012

  • Drupal + Windows Azure: A Winning Combination for SAG

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    In the thick of Hollywood’s awards season, the Screen Actors Guild debuted its Drupal-based website hosted on Windows Azure.  The SAG Awards site is a highly visible, high-traffic website and hosting it on Azure provides an open, scalable, public cloud environment.  SAG can tune up or down the compute and storage requirements according to expected website loads, thereby getting a more scalable, manageable and cost-effective solution for running its site. 

    During the SAG Awards event, the site saw more than 300,000 visitors, supporting multiple uploads of pictures and news articles, and handling the spike in site traffic with ease.  Erin Griffin, CIO of SAG described the solution: “Understanding the best usage scenario for us took time and effort, but with help from Microsoft, we successfully moved our site to Windows Azure and the biggest traffic day for us went off with flying colors.”

    Go to the Openness site for more on the broader efforts by Microsoft and Drupal to provide customers with interoperability solutions, as well as the Port25 blog for more details on SAG's Drupal on Azure website.  Let us know in the comments what other content management scenarios you'd like to see supported.

  • Microsoft Live@edu Plug-in for Moodle

    For educational institutions, meeting accelerating technology demands with limited budgets is tough.  However, today the task seems a bit less daunting for millions of education customers worldwide. Moodlerooms released an open source plug-in that integrates Microsoft Live@edu with Moodle, the world's leading open source Learning Management System with 55 million users.

  • CRM Anywhere: Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Perhaps no trend has affected IT managers and developers more over the past year than the consumerization of IT. With seemingly every customer and employee tethered to a different device, it’s more critical than ever to enable cross-platform collaboration. That’s why we announced last week that the next service update to Microsoft Dynamics CRM will enable customers to access the complete functionality of the application on virtually any mobile device, thanks to a new cloud-based, cross-platform native mobile client for Windows Phone 7, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices.

  • More Choices for Building Apps on Windows Phone

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    This week, we announced another developer toolkit to support Windows Phone interoperability: the beta release of the open source Windows Phone toolkit for Amazon Web Services (AWS). This release is another example of the open approach we’re taking with our mobile platform, helping to make Windows Phone development accessible to anyone who can create the next great app.  You can also see this in our support for open source mobile frameworks, such as recently announced PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile, which enable developers to build applications targeting multiple platforms by using standard web technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). The recent announcement of Microsoft’s protocol licensing agreement with AgreeYa Mobility further illustrates a commitment to openness for our mobile customers.