Openness@Microsoft

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

March, 2012

  • 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.”

  • 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!”

  • Navigating the New World of Data

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Just ten years ago, most business data was locked up behind big applications.  We are now entering an era when unlocking this data and its potential to drive new knowledge and insights is becoming a key success factor for many ventures.  In a world where data increases tenfold every five years and 85% of that comes from new sources, how do our existing technologies to manage and analyze data stack up?  In his keynote at the O’Reilly Strata Conference yesterday, Microsoft's Dave Campbell answered this question, highlighting the innovative work being done both at Microsoft and with members of the Apache Hadoop community to help customers unleash the value of their data by allowing more users to derive insights, combining and refining data regardless of its scale and complexity. 

  • Evolution of PHP on Windows

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Over the past several years, Microsoft and its partners have worked diligently with the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure.  Now the PHP community supports Windows right alongside Linux, and this continues with today’s release of PHP 5.4.0.  We talked with René de Haas, CEO of a Dutch webhosting company called SoHosted, a partner who has been instrumental in improving the PHP on Windows experience.