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

September, 2012

  • Publish Open Source Apps and Cloud-Based Sites with WebMatrix V2

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager – Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    WebMatrix V2 was released to web earlier this month, including support for popular open source apps and the ability to publish your site to the Cloud using Windows Azure Web Sites.

    WebMatrix is a free and open web development tool optimized for the Cloud. It allows you to create and maintain websites quickly, and to install and publish popular open source applications or built-in templates. It also has a community component that lets you write your own plug-ins or use community-built ones.

    Notable features added in this release include fast install of open source apps Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke and Umbraco, and new built-in templates for PHP, Node.js and HTML5. Mobile support was also added for all templates.

    For a great overview of the new features in WebMatrix V2, check out Web Camps TV's interview with Vishal Joshi from the WebMatrix team.

  • Windows 8 AppFest in India Sets Guinness World Record

    Posted by Mandar Naik
    Director, Platform Strategy

    8 miles of cables. 540 bean bags. 15,000 cans of soda. These are just a few of the amenities required to set a world record for the largest application development marathon in one location.

    The Windows 8 AppFest set the Guinness World Record in Bangalore, India this past weekend with more than 2,500 talented developers from many backgrounds building Windows 8 apps for 18 hours straight.

    Speaking from the Appfest, Jon DeVaan, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Development, said, "Developers are at the center of Microsoft's success. And India is home to some of the world's most talented developers. We are focused on enabling developers to succeed as they build the next generation of apps. I can't wait to see some of these apps being built at the Windows 8 Appfest."

  • Windows Server Hyper-V Drivers Included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 Beta

    Posted by Abhishek Gupta
    Microsoft Program Manager, Linux Integration Services

    Since 2010, we’ve worked with Red Hat to support our mutual customers with enhanced interoperability in Windows environments. This continues with today’s beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.9.

    The RHEL 5.9 beta was engineered with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V interoperability in mind. The device drivers needed to run RHEL as a first-class guest on Hyper-V are built right in, making it easier for customers to manage their heterogeneous Red Hat Enterprise Linux-Windows environments for virtualization and private cloud. The Hyper-V drivers included in this release will soon be certified through the Red Hat Hardware Certification Program – further validation that customers can expect a reliable, enterprise-class virtualization experience.

    We’ll continue to collaborate with an eye on what’s next for our mutual customers, including work that is underway to provide interoperability with future releases of RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

    Stay tuned on the blog for future announcements and let us know in the comments how we can better support virtualization in your datacenter or cloud.

  • OSS 2012 Tunisia: Microsoft, Open Source and the Cloud

    Posted by Mark Gayler
    Open Software Lead

    This week I had the privilege to join some of the world’s top open source researchers in Tunisia at OSS 2012 to discuss how Microsoft is collaborating with open source projects and initiatives worldwide and investing in support for open source solutions on Microsoft’s platforms. Many attendees were interested to learn how they could have the best of both worlds – taking advantage of the Microsoft technology stack, particularly the benefits of the Windows Azure cloud platform, while leveraging existing investments in open source solutions and skills.

    During my Microsoft, Open Source and the Cloud keynote, discussions focused on how interoperability and openness are built right into our cloud platform. Developers can build applications using any language, tool or framework – including open source languages like Node.js. The audience was particularly interested that Windows Azure SDKs for PHP, Java and Eclipse are available as open source projects on github. Linux on Windows Azure Virtual Machines also piqued interest. One question focused on the data privacy and security considerations for the cloud and I pointed out that governments and enterprises can choose public cloud offerings or build their own private cloud infrastructures, depending upon the application scenario.

    For the many academic thought leaders in the room, we discussed how Microsoft is partnering with academic communities to spark innovation and support open science. We discussed the breadth of Microsoft Research’s investment in open source projects, ranging from scientific computing and research management to publishing tools. Within the realm of scientific computing, I demo’d ChronoZoom, an open source community project released earlier this year, that has the ambitious goal of presenting the history of everything and is proving to be a vital tool in the evolving field of Big History, which examines historical data from the beginning of time, some 13.7 billion years ago.

    There was also talk of how open government initiatives are emerging around the world. More and more data is publicly available, promoting transparency and engagement with citizens, as well as creating opportunities for new apps using government data. I walked through the Open Government Data Initiative (ODGI) DataLab (also available as an open source project on github), which is a cloud-based collection of software assets that enables publically available government data to be easily accessible and incorporated into new applications and services. OGDI helps governments achieve their openness goals while also creating more opportunities for developers, educators, and students to innovate with open and interoperable technologies. Many government entities, including several in the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Health in Italy, and the Government of Colombia, are benefiting from these resources today.

    These events are great opportunities for me to listen to customers, partners, students, and community members about how we can continue to evolve our technologies to be more open. Any additional suggestions? Please let us know in the comments.

  • Windows 8 AppFest in India Sets Sights on World Record

    Posted by Mandar Naik
    Director, Platform Strategy

    With one of the world’s largest developer populations, India has always been a strong driver of the global software industry and Indian developers have helped shape software trends across the world. Today, one of those fastest-growing areas is application development.

    It is therefore fitting and very exciting that Bangalore is hosting what we expect will be the world’s largest Windows 8 application development festival. The Windows 8 AppFest will run for 18 hours straight, September 21 -22, and be attended by more than 3,500 talented developers and designers from many backgrounds. Setting our sights on record attendance, this is also an official Guinness World Record attempt.

    At Microsoft, we have always believed in the core value of supporting innovation to help people achieve their full potential. With this aim in mind, Microsoft technical mentors and engineers will be available to help participants perfect their designs during this app development marathon. Apps will be created in 20 different categories – from food and finance to social, shopping and many more – and be prepared for eventual submission to the Windows Store.

    One reason for the event’s broad appeal is that you can develop Windows Store apps in a variety of languages. For example, if you know modern web development technologies, you can develop a Windows Store app using HTML5, Cascading Style Sheets, Level 3 (CSS3), and JavaScript.

    The Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 will be made available to developers attending the AppFest. This gives attendees early access to prepare apps and products for the Windows 8 global launch.

    To join us or learn more about the event, please visit the AppFest site here. I’ll report back next week with the event results.