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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
How often do you use one device while in arm’s reach of another? All the time, right? You’re in the middle of a web search on your tablet when you need to check a new email on your iPhone, or you’re texting on your Windows Phone while also working away on your PC.
Here’s a concept: what if your favorite device in the office doubled as a next-generation remote control in your living room? Wouldn’t that be cool? If you said yes, check out Xbox SmartGlass, a free app that connects your Xbox 360 to the devices you already own to enhance your gaming and entertainment experiences across screens.
Cloud computing plays a significant role in helping our customers achieve better business agility, economics, and user experiences. We also know that for today’s CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity to rethink the role IT plays in defining an organization’s strategy.
In order for customers to take advantage of the transformative benefits of the cloud, openness is paramount. Businesses and organizations need a comprehensive and open set of cloud solutions that span the platform, application, and infrastructure layers, giving customers the ability to transition to the cloud on their terms.
We’re fortunate to be working with Canonical to make this promise of choice and flexibility a reality for our mutual customers.
Canonical is the company behind the Ubuntu project – a Linux distribution with more than 20 million users and rapidly growing popularity in the cloud. We’re working together so our customers can have a first-class experience running official Ubuntu images from Canonical using Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
Organizations are constantly in search of solutions that can help them manage, analyze and understand the vast amounts of data generated through today’s technology. Traditionally this required hiring business intelligence vendors and experts to extract Big Data insights, but no longer. Today at the O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York, Microsoft and our partner Hortonworks announced new previews of our Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure.
Called Windows Azure HDInsight and Microsoft HDInsight for Windows Server, both solutions embrace enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop to enable most any user to begin viewing and truly analyzing Big Data, using such tools as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot, and SQL Server Analysis Services. Regardless of the size or type of data, or where it’s stored, both HDInsight versions offer simple management via Microsoft System Center 2012, a shared codebase for platform consistency whether on Windows Server or Azure, and 100% compatibility with Hadoop.
Posted by Frédéric AatzDirector of Interoperability, Microsoft France
Alfonso CastroDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group
Last week we were fortunate to participate in Open World Forum, a leading global summit focused on how we’re collectively building our digital future in an open and transparent manner. We’ve gathered together our recap of the Forum’s three days of sharing, thinking and coding with some of the top contributors to open technology initiatives from around the world.