Openness@Microsoft

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

April, 2013

  • Announcing a New SUSE-Microsoft Collaboration on Cloud Technologies

    Posted by Alfonso Castro
    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group

    SUSEToday is a step forward in the collaboration we started more than six years ago with SUSE. As part of Microsoft’s sponsorship of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco, I am thrilled to announce that SUSE and Microsoft will extend their existing work in connecting Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V with SUSE Cloud

    With more than 1,000 customers benefitting from our joint efforts, Microsoft and SUSE are helping enterprises move forward by providing choice and delivering significant value to our mutual customers. For several years now, Microsoft and SUSE have worked side-by-side to deliver unified solutions, integrated tools, and first-class support for mixed Windows and Linux environments, supporting interoperability from the datacenter to the cloud.

  • Dropbox Support Added to Windows Azure Web Sites

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Windows Azure Web Sites allows you to quickly deploy sites with support for multiple frameworks and popular open source applications to a highly scalable cloud environment. The recent updates to Windows Azure added Dropbox to the many options for publishing with Windows Azure Web Sites, providing more choice and flexibility for users.

    Dropbox is a free service that makes it easy to share your files between multiple computers. Now you can simply copy files to a local Dropbox folder and with a few clicks your web site is live on Windows Azure. If you’d like to see this new deployment option in action, the below video illustrates the simplicity of the process.

  • Windows Azure Mobile Services Adds HTML5 Support

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    If you haven’t heard about the updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services, Microsoft recently announced the addition of support for HTML5 applications, giving companies more options to easily create engaging mobile apps that can quickly scale in the cloud and across devices.

    With HTML5, developers can rely on web standards to build mobile apps that reach users across a myriad of devices using a single code base. The Mobile Services cloud backend can be used for both data storage and authentication and the new HTML support extends to pure HTML5 web clients, as well as apps built with cross-platform development tools such as Apache Cordova (previously known as PhoneGap).

     

  • Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Available Today, Including Support for Linux Virtual Machines

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, including Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network. This new service makes it easy for customers to move applications into the cloud on their terms, saving both time and money.

    Infrastructure Services is the final puzzle piece in our broader cloud solution. Combined with our existing Platform Services, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider that can offer a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution. Customers have the flexibility to combine their on-premises investments with our cloud based on their unique needs and scenarios.

    This release is strengthened by an unrivaled ecosystem of partners. Canonical, OpenLogic, and SUSE are a key part of the Windows Azure Virtual Machines offering, which expands Windows Azure’s Infrastructure Services capabilities by enabling customers to run their own customized Windows Server or Linux images. In addition, you can tap into the Linux resources at VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a community managed repository of pre-configured virtual machines that enables customers to discover and deploy common solutions in just minutes.

  • Lync 2013 Mobile Apps Available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    The Lync 2013 team recently released a series of mobile apps that bring robust communication features, including voice and video, rich presence, instant messaging, and conferencing, to your Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

    Lync is a powerful tool for connecting with colleagues around the globe or a co-worker in a cubical around the corner. These new mobile apps extend the enterprise Lync experience to wherever you are, all from a single, easy-to-use interface.