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Posted by Michael BowmanProgram Manager, Office Engineering
Microsoft recognizes that enabling interoperability between products from different vendors is important, particularly with respect to email and calendaring functionality, as it helps our customers stay connected and organized across their favorite services and devices.
Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft Outlook 2013 support the following core and most commonly adopted email and calendaring standards:
Posted by Mark GaylerMicrosoft Open Technologies, Inc.
Recently we’ve seen a substantial increase in public sector cloud adoption, as governments worldwide embrace cloud solutions to operate more cost effectively and enhance services. This has also created an opportunity to open up government data in more accessible ways, empowering citizens and developers to undertake their own analyses and help improve communities by using the data for new innovative applications and services.
Microsoft is working with many government entities worldwide to “open up” their data repositories in the cloud, helping them realize the full benefits of open and interoperable mobile access, social media, and crowdsourcing. The Windows Azure platform provides a highly scalable and reliable cloud-based infrastructure for government data, with the Windows Azure Marketplace managing complex data scenarios, from real time data feeds to high volume data archives, allowing governments to syndicate content commercially, release data freely, or both.
The UK Meteorological Office (Met Office) is using the Windows Azure Marketplace to host their weather data archives and make the data broadly available. The release of the weather information to the public was a key component of the government’s plan, announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2011 Autumn statement, to encourage new market opportunities and improve standards and transparency in public services.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations
Today Hortonworks announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100 percent open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows.
This marks an important milestone in Microsoft’s partnership with Hortonworks and our overall big data approach, reflecting a deep investment in ensuring customers have choice and interoperability when building and running Hadoop-based solutions.
Today’s release helps to accelerate the adoption of Hadoop by expanding the number of supported platforms, delivering an open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution that is enterprise-ready and interoperable across Linux, Windows Server and Windows Azure.
The Office team recently shared plans for some of the upcoming investments Microsoft is making to deliver a great Office experience on the Web, including broad cross-platform device support.
When Microsoft launched Office Web Apps in 2010, the apps were companions to the Office desktop experience that enabled lightweight, on-the-go content creation and review. Since then, browser technologies and speeds have advanced and development infrastructure has matured, making the Web a better productivity platform.
With these improvements, Microsoft’s goal is to deliver Office Web Apps that people can rely on to create polished Office documents from start to finish, all from the Web and on virtually any device.
Posted by Garrett SerackSenior Software Developer, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center
This past Friday, developers filled the room for Outercurve’s first annual Northwest Open Source Hackathon. With a special focus on the recent NuGet 2.5 release, the event brought together developers from open source projects like NuGet, CoApp, and Orchard, along with engineers from groups across Microsoft.
“Hackathons and plugfests in general are a staple of the open source community,” said Sam Ramji, Outercurve’s Board President. “Developers get together and test out new product ideas. New developers who are interested in contributing to one of the existing Outercurve-hosted projects get a chance to work with the architects of the projects directly.”