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

January, 2013

  • Find and Share Open Source Images for Windows Azure with VM Depot

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager of Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Yesterday’s preview release of VM Depot for Windows Azure marked an exciting milestone for the openness of Microsoft’s cloud platform, giving customers another way to transition to the cloud on their terms.

    VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure, including preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks. Find your favorite open source software and deploy it in minutes, or join the community, build a virtual machine image, and share it with others.

  • SMB 3.0 Interoperability Efforts Supported by Thriving Ecosystem

    Posted by Darryl Welch
    Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Interoperability Engineering Team

    Over at The Register this month, Trevor Pott praised Windows Server 2012, detailing his favorite features all culminating in what he calls the “crown jewel of [Windows] Server 2012”: SMB 3.0. SMB, along with its predecessor CIFS, are the most widely-used file-access protocols in the world.

    However, SMB 3.0 isn’t a Microsoft-only endeavor. A critical aspect of Windows Server 2012 development is the ecosystem dedicated to shipping SMB 3.0 capable systems. We have been working closely with many companies and organizations by participating in “plugfest” events that provide opportunities for testing and feedback, as well as providing extensive protocol documentation.

  • 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.”


  • 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.

  • 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.