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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Seamlessly sharing, editing, and archiving documents are critical to business productivity. That’s one reason why the new Microsoft Office has added support for standardized document formats Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. Announced recently, these open document formats provide users with more choices for office document interoperability.
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) published ODF 1.2 in January. As a member of the OASIS technical committee working on ODF, Microsoft provided technical expertise in key areas of improvement in ODF 1.2. The most significant ODF 1.2 improvement is the specification of Open Formula to standardize formulas for spreadsheets.
In addition to providing updated support for the Open XML and ODF standards, the new Office adds exciting new features around PDF files as well. With this release, Microsoft introduces the option, which we call PDF Reflow, to open PDF files as editable office documents.
For more on how these open document formats can improve productivity, please see the Office Next blog.
Developers can also share the apps they build with the 1 billion Office users worldwide, and sell them in the Office Store opened last week. Developers keep 80% of the proceeds from the sale of an app, while Office keeps 20% themselves. Richard Riley, Director of Product Management for SharePoint, says these updates represent “some of the most significant changes on the developer side of Office in the last 15 years."
[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xLeF3YgXpQ&feature=youtu.be] We’re already seeing developers take advantage of this new cloud application model, with the Office Store filling up with apps for Excel, Word, Outlook and SharePoint. What apps would you like to see in the store? Let us know in the comments.
Posted by Anandeep PannuSenior Program Manager, Open Source Technical Center
Yesterday on the blog, we announced that FreeBSD support is now ready and available for Windows Server Hyper-V users. Thanks to the diligent work by our partners Citrix and NetApp, who together helped us contribute some 8,500 lines of code for the release, FreeBSD 8.2 can now run on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V as a first-class guest. We are excited by how ties to the FreeBSD community have strengthened by working with Citrix and NetApp to offer our customers more options as they implement server virtualization and move toward cloud computing. We connected with Citrix’s Tom Goodwin, Software Architect for the FreeBSD Integration Services project, to learn more about Citrix’s efforts to deliver FreeBSD support for Hyper-V.
Posted by Anandeep PannuSenior 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.
Posted by JangYoon KimKorea 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).