Openness@Microsoft

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

August, 2012

  • Atari, Internet Explorer, and HTML5 Bring Back the Classics

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first arcade games – classics like Pong, Asteroids, and Missile Command – Atari partnered with Internet Explorer and Grant Skinner to create the new Atari Arcade that features eight classic games with more titles to come.

    As a leading pioneer of this entertainment platform, Atari sold 30 million Atari 2600 consoles, quickly became the definitive gaming platform of its era, and inspired multiple video game franchises.

    Guaranteed to spark nostalgia for enduring fans, the Atari Arcade is also intended to reach a new and broader audience of gamers and game developers via the web. The games were all built with HTML5 and multi-player capabilities that come to life with a new Windows 8 touch device and Internet Explorer 10. They also work great in IE9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.

    Hear from Atari’s Founder Nolan Bushnell and the team on how the project came together in this video: 

    For developers, the team has also created a software development kit available in the developer behind the scenes section of the site, along with new and updated versions of JavaScript libraries and new tutorials for building HTML5 games. All code is available on the Internet Explorer GitHub repository here.

    For more on this collaboration, see the Exploring IE blog or start gaming at Atari Arcade.

  • SkyDrive for Android Phones Now Available

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Yesterday Android joined the family of SkyDrive apps available for mobile devices. This extends SkyDrive’s commitment to delivering personal cloud storage that’s available anywhere – via any modern web browser, across operating systems, and on many mobile devices.

    Here are a few of the SkyDrive for Android app features:

    • Access, share, and manage your SkyDrive files and photos.
    • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
    • Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps.

    For more details on the app, please see the Inside SkyDrive blog or download today from the Google Play site.

  • OASIS OData Initiative Making Progress

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a REST-based open web protocol for unlocking and sharing data, freeing it from silos that exist in some software applications today. The OASIS international consortium has launched a new initiative that will standardize OData and simplify the querying and sharing of data across applications for re-use in the enterprise, mobile devices, and the Cloud.

    More than 57 members from around the world are now participating in the OASIS OData Technical Committee, which had its inaugural meeting at Microsoft last month. “We’re seeing a wave of Cloud standardization projects at OASIS that use REST, AtomPub, and JSON technology,” said Laurent Liscia, OASIS Executive Director. “OData is an exciting addition to our portfolio. The response to the new Committee has been tremendous.”

    To learn more about OData and how organizations and open source communities can benefit from OData support, check out the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog or OASIS’ news update.

  • Skype Updates for iPhone and iPad

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    With Skype continuing to gain popularity for voice, video and instant messaging services, Skype engineers are hard at work to enhance the experience across a range of platforms and devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even TVs. Earlier this week, the Skype team announced updates specifically for iPhone and iPad Skype users, making the service easier to use on-the-go, including:

    • Photo sharing (with no photo size limit)
    • Improved startup times
    • Faster loading of contact lists

    Check out the Skype blog to learn more about these Skype for iOS updates and how to download to your iPhone or iPad.

  • Microsoft at DrupalCon Munich

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    As part of ongoing collaborations with Drupal, Microsoft is participating in this week’s DrupalCon in Munich. After partnering closely with the Drupal community to make Drupal available on Windows, tomorrow’s sessions will highlight ongoing work with open source communities and Drupal developers, including how to quickly deploy Drupal sites on Windows Azure.

    For more on the event, please see the Interoperability@Microsoft blog or stop by the booth and say hello!