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

September, 2012

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visual Studio 2012: Faster Cross-Platform Innovation

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    As developers around the world create applications for an ever-growing set of devices and uses, the need for a powerful toolset that can support faster innovation is essential. With today’s launch of Visual Studio 2012, developers have a simplified, integrated experience that can help them create compelling experiences across multiple connected devices powered by continuous services, regardless of platform.

    Visual Studio 2012 contains a variety of tools that create transparency, reduce inefficiency, and accelerate project flow. Columbia Sportswear developers today described how they used a combination of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 to facilitate collaboration by cross-platform teams, including Java and .NET developers, in the process “saving hundreds of hours of development time.”

    Today’s launch follows last month’s news that Microsoft LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 provides broader support for open standards like OData, allowing for the faster production of business applications that run well across multiple platforms and devices.

    To learn more about how Visual Studio customers are creating great app experiences across platforms, watch the launch event keynote with Microsoft Corporate Vice Presidents, S. Somasegar and Jason Zander.

  • 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."