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

August, 2012

  • Available Today: FreeBSD Support for Windows Server Hyper-V

    Posted by Anandeep Pannu
    Senior Program Manager – Open Source Technical Center

    Today, Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix are excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V.  This collaboration, announced at BSDCAN 2012, will help more customers adopt virtualization and move toward cloud computing.  Microsoft is committed to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution so that more organizations can take advantage of server consolidation cost-savings and build foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing. 

    It was invaluable to partner with NetApp and Citrix, who both have impressive expertise in how to enable FreeBSD to run on Hyper-V with high performance.  This release includes 8,500 lines of code submitted under the BSD license, supporting FreeBSD 8.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2.  We will continue to work with the community to support other releases of FreeBSD as well.  Analysis is currently underway to assess customer demand and partner capacity to extend support to FreeBSD 9.0 on Windows Server 2012.

    The source code can be found on Github here, as well as instructions for building from source and running the drivers can be found here.  On behalf of the FreeBSD on Hyper-V team, we welcome your feedback through the mailing list to continue improving the code for future submission to the FreeBSD core. 

    Check back on the blog tomorrow when we’ll have an interview with Citrix’s Thomas Goodwin, who led his team’s development efforts.  Tom will share his thoughts on how the project came together, as well as how it will support FreeBSD and Microsoft customers and partners.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Microsoft LightSwitch Broadens Reach with Open Standards

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations

    To keep up with increasingly dynamic market demands, enterprises want data from their line-of-business applications to be accessible at any time from any device without sacrificing quality, agility and time-to-market.  Microsoft LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 was created with these needs in mind.  LightSwitch is a simplified, self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and the cloud.  Microsoft recently announced broader LightSwitch support for open standards that will address the increasing need to build applications that run well across multiple platforms and devices.  


    LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 now supports applications across more platforms by using the Open Data (OData) Protocol.  A growing list of websites and applications are exposing their data via OData, and LightSwitch now includes first-class support for connecting your business applications to OData feeds and producing OData services quickly and easily. This coincides with a cross-industry effort underway to buoy broader adoption of the OData Protocol.  Microsoft recently teamed up with several partners, including Citrix, IBM and SAP, to propose an OData Technical Committee within the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an international open standards consortium.  Check back on the blog in the coming weeks as we report on results from the first OASIS OData Technical Committee meeting, held at Microsoft last week.  

  • KimsQ and Windows Azure at the 2012 Summer Games in London

    Posted by JangYoon Kim
    Korea Marketing and Operations

    More than a billion people worldwide tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Games in London.  Although most of us can’t be there in person, the almost instantaneous sharing of photos and video footage can make us feel like we have front row seats to all the action. The Korea Press Photographers Association (KPPA) needed a way to share their high resolution Olympic snapshots with local media outlets quickly, reliably and easily. KPPA turned to KimsQ, a PHP-based web platform provider that recently became the second largest web provider in South Korea after adding Windows to their existing PHP on Linux solutions. So far, the KimsQ and Windows Azure solution has helped Koreans witness local stars win more than 20 medals in archery, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, judo, shooting, and swimming.  For more on this collaboration, please see Open Source Software Competence Plaza’s coverage here (the Bing Translator service works great, if you’d like to read in your local language).