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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.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
This week the Windows Azure team released WebMatrix 3, the current version of the popular free web development tool, which includes support for popular open source apps and the ability to publish your site to the Cloud using Windows Azure Web Sites.
Open Door Policy is a new series on the Openness blog that profiles industry thought leaders and individuals within Microsoft who are leading efforts to collaborate more openly, promoting interoperability and making it easier to develop and manage mixed IT environments.
The first annual Outercurve Open Source Conference and Hackathon is taking place in downtown Bellevue this week. We took the opportunity to speak with Sam Ramji, Outercurve Foundation board president and former Microsoft open source strategist.
Read on to learn more about Sam’s perspectives on how collaborating more openly can drive innovation and help to solve real world problems.
Hi Sam, please tell us about the Outercurve Foundation and your role with it.The Outercurve Foundation, or Outercurve.org, is a not-for-profit open source software foundation. Outercurve is focused on open source governance, for the sake of more successful open source projects on all platforms. I’ve had the privilege to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the last three years. Because Outercurve is a not-for-profit foundation, it’s all volunteer. My full-time - my day job, as it were - is as the Strategy Officer of a startup called Apigee, which is an API platform company based in Silicon Valley.
And where were you before that? I led open source strategy across Microsoft - I took over open source technical strategy in 2006, and open source market strategy in early 2008, which was a pretty extraordinary role, because we were able to work directly with Bill Gates on technology strategy and had a field organization spanning 80 countries. We worked on open source interoperability and with a range of open source technology projects to help them either run extremely efficiently on top of Microsoft platforms, especially Windows Server, or to improve interoperability between Windows and Linux.
That was before it was really publicized that Microsoft was moving in a more open direction.That’s right. We were doing open source at Microsoft back when that was innovative and scary. [chuckles] My manager and predecessor in the role was Bill Hilf, who’s now the GM of Product Management for Windows Azure. Our purpose was to solve big problems, and that’s always scary – it challenged the way Microsoft did business. Bill is a great leader and was willing to take on the way things were.
What's the scope of this week’s Outercurve Open Source Software Conference?The conference itself is focused on bringing together the community of developers who work on projects that they’ve chosen to host with Outercurve.org. There are some very, very well-known projects like NuGet, Orchard, and WiX, which have tens of millions of downloads, hundreds of contributors, and thousands to millions of users. All of those project leads and contributors are getting together to share notes, talk about what’s working, and how to improve things. There are also lots of people who are aren’t working directly on those projects who want to learn about how to do more open source development, how to create and manage projects and, frequently, how to work with Microsoft’s open source teams.