Openness@Microsoft

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

March, 2012

  • ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages Open Sourced

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    ASP.NET is a free web framework for building web sites and web applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  Microsoft announced this week the release of source code for ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages (aka Razor) under the Apache 2.0 open source license, increasing the development transparency of all three projects by hosting their code repositories on CodePlex and utilizing the new Git support announced last week.  In his blog, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie details how both developers and customers will benefit from a more open development model where for the first time Microsoft will allow outside developers “to submit patches and code contributions that the Microsoft development team will review for potential inclusion in the products. We announced a similar open development approach with the Windows Azure SDK last December, and have found it to be a great way to build an even tighter feedback loop with developers – and ultimately deliver even better products as a result.”

    For more on this, check out the Port25 blog.

     

  • Get your Hunger Games fix via Internet Explorer 9 and HTML5

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    It seems like everyone saw a certain movie with Jennifer Lawrence this weekend. If you’re still looking for your Hunger Games fix or curious to know what the fuss is about, check out The Capitol Tour, a companion site to the movie that extends the film to the web and includes exclusive content from director Gary Ross and the movie itself. It’s delivered via a special Internet Explorer 9 website powered by web standards HTML5 and CSS3. Microsoft, Lionsgate and digital agencies Ignition Interactive and The Nerdery teamed up to build the site from top to bottom using the latest in modern web standards, so the content is easily accessible across various platforms, devices, and browsers without the need for plug-ins. This collaboration demonstrates how businesses can create immersive, innovative online experiences that are both fast and fluid with a standard-based markup.

    You can read more at the Exploring IE blog. And to check out the virtual Capitol, visit http://thecapitoltour.pn/ and let us know what you think in the comments. “May the odds be ever in your favor!”

  • Movideo: Java a First-Class Citizen on Windows Azure

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Movideo, the only end-to-end SaaS online video platform based in the Asia Pacific region, has announced a four-year strategic alliance with Microsoft, migrating its integrated online video platform to Windows Azure.

    Movideo has a history with open source and was impressed with the way Microsoft has made Java a first-class citizen on Azure.  According to Cameron Moore, CTO of Movideo, “Microsoft has been very open and from our perspective embracing the open source community. We come from a Java/Linux background and use a typical Java stack inside our IT environment. It was a big step for us to migrate to a Microsoft technology. Through working closely with Microsoft’s China Cloud Innovation Center, Microsoft Hong Kong office and the Microsoft Redmond product engineering teams, we are making it a smooth transition.”

  • Expanded Hadoop Preview for Big Data Customers

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to release an additional limited customer preview of the Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. Since the first limited preview was released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee have been using the service to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud.  Given the escalating demand, the preview is expanding from 400 to nearly 2000 invitation codes.

    Check out the STB Newsbytes blog for more details on new features included in the expanded preview.  Interested in signing up?  Visit http://www.hadooponazure.com to register.

  • Windows Server “8” Beta: Every App, Any Cloud

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Last week, Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Corporate VP of Server and Cloud, announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta.  This is exciting news for IT managers looking for a scalable web platform and the ability to build, deploy, and support hybrid applications that can run on-premises or in the cloud.  This release showcases Windows Server "8" Beta as an open web and app development environment that enables mission-critical applications and enhanced support for open standards, open source applications, and various development languages.

    Check out the Windows Server “8” Beta site to learn more and let us know how it could support your mixed IT environment.