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

January, 2013

  • Say “Yes” to BYOD with Windows Intune

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Workers tend to reach for the technology that makes it easiest to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own smartphones. While there are benefits to giving employees this latitude, management of many different devices with access to a corporate network can present its challenges.

    Windows IntuneWindows Intune addresses this Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) dilemma by helping you manage PCs and multiple types of mobile devices in one unified solution, either through the cloud or by extending your existing on-premises infrastructure. You can give employees access to the resources they need, on a wide range of platforms including Windows RT, Windows 8, iOS, and Android, without compromising on corporate data protection and policy compliance.

  • Your Office on Five PCs or Macs: Office 365 Home Premium Available Today

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Today Microsoft released the latest version of Office, Office 365 Home Premium, a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities.

    This release is a reinvention of our flagship Office product line as a consumer cloud service, marking the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to a devices and services business. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications and works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs. 60 Skype world calling minutes, extra SkyDrive cloud storage, and the ability to access your full Office applications on demand thru are perks included in the $99.99 annual subscription.

  • Spotlight on Microsoft Research: Opening a Door to Big Data - Try F#

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    F# is an open source, cross-platform programming language for writing simple code to solve complex problems. From a business perspective, the primary role of F# is to reduce the time-to-deployment for analytical software components in the modern enterprise.

    Its interoperability with other languages and libraries and its ability to tackle the complexity of components such as calculation engines and data-rich analytical services offer compelling business value. F# is both open source under the 2.0 license and a first class language in Visual Studio, as well as it can be used on Mac OS X, Linux, Android, HTML5 and other platforms.

    Our colleagues at Microsoft Research (MSR) just released their newest iteration of Try F#, a set of tools designed to make it easy for anyone—not just programmers—to learn F# and take advantage of its big data cross-platform capabilities.

    We chatted with Evelyne Viegas, Director of Semantic Computing at MSR, to find out more about how users can “Try F# to seamlessly discover, access, analyze and visualize big and broad data.”


  • Now Available! Deliver Streaming Video and More across Platforms with Windows Azure Media Services

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Windows Azure Media Services is now generally available for customers looking for a platform to create, manage, and distribute media in the cloud. With this new service, businesses can now quickly build a media distribution solution that can stream audio and video to Windows, iOS, Android, and other devices and platforms.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Opening Up Government Data

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    More and more governments around the world are making their data open and publicly available. Citizens benefit from a new level of transparency and real time information. Governments can tout increased engagement with their constituents and efficiencies in administration. Businesses and developers win with new opportunities to innovate and create value-added applications.

    This Open Data trend is increasingly relevant to governments because of the substantial value in judiciously sharing data with constituents as a means to transform government services delivery. By enabling access to the data, individuals are empowered to draw their own conclusions and use the data to improve their communities. Sharing data across government departments also supports more insightful analytics and when data is open, departments update on the fly without initiating time consuming requests for current data.

    Microsoft has worked with many government entities worldwide to “open up” their data repositories and implement Open Data solutions, providing innovative ways to drive transparency and engage with citizens, as well as realize the full benefits of mobile access, social media, and crowdsourcing.