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September, 2012

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Klout Uses Microsoft BI and Hadoop to Bolster Big Data Insights

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Social networking accounts for 1 of every 6 minutes spent online, generating an enormous amount of content that could be useful to consumers, schools, governments and corporations – almost anyone interested in measuring trends – if only there were a way to harness it.

    Enter Klout, a data services company, which offers fast, detailed insights from an index of the online activity of 100 million people, more than 2.7 billion pieces of content daily and 30 billion API calls per month on 15 leading social networks.

    From these hundreds of terabytes of data, Klout customers and partners get nearly real-time access to information on what people are doing, searching and talking about on their social networks. “We take in raw data and make it into something that is actionable for our consumers, brands, and partners,” says David Mariani, Vice President of Engineering at Klout.

  • 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."

  • 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 Server 2012, Cornerstone of Cloud OS, Now Available

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Today’s global online launch event showcased the general availability of Windows Server 2012. In his keynote and blog post, Satya Nadella, President of the Sever and Tools Business, describes how Windows Server 2012 delivers significant new advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation.

    Windows Server 2012 has been reimagined to power a new world of continuous services and connected devices. It is a cornerstone of what we call a Cloud OS, which provides a consistent platform for infrastructure and applications across private, hosted, and public clouds. According to Satya, “Microsoft’s unique legacy in the most widely used operating systems, applications and cloud services positions us to deliver the Cloud OS, based on Windows Server and Windows Azure, helping customers achieve a datacenter without boundaries.”

    For more on today’s news, check out the online launch experience, where you can engage with Microsoft and the community through on-demand sessions and participate in games and social media.

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Continues Cross-Platform Support

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier today, Microsoft released the beta version of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. This release includes extended client management support for Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix operating systems, functionality originally included in June’s Community Technology Preview.

    Consumerization is a growing challenge for IT organizations as employees need consistent access to applications from wherever they are, on any device they’re using—desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) trend can yield productivity gains for employees, but also presents unique challenges for IT managers in delivering secure applications. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager helps to manage this influx of devices, regardless of platform, while still enabling compliance and data protection.

    For more on today’s announcement, please see the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog. Or visit the Microsoft Download Center to download and evaluate the beta release.