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

January, 2013

  • 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.”


  • 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.

  • Openness Partner Spotlight: OpenLogic Brings CentOS into the Cloud with Windows Azure

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Microsoft is dedicated to ensuring that our software, services, and devices work easily across our platforms, especially with the global shift in IT toward the Cloud. With this in mind, we continue to work with other technology companies, both commercial and open source, to streamline interoperability and enhance functionality.

    Among these companies is the team at OpenLogic, who have worked with Microsoft over the past year to bring their supported CentOS images to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, giving CentOS users a Microsoft public Cloud option in addition to the existing private Cloud support for CentOS running on Windows Server Hyper-V. With Windows Azure Virtual Machines, currently in preview, users can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes in the public Cloud and migrate existing workloads without having to change existing code in the majority of the cases.

    OpenLogic’s CEO, Steven Grandchamp, and Director of Engineering and Co-founder, Eric Weidner, recently offered perspectives on their work with CentOS and affirmatively answered the question “Linux…with Microsoft…really?”

  • 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.

  • 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.