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

June, 2013

  • Open Door Policy: Microsoft’s K.Y. Srinivasan on Working with the Linux Community to Deliver Interoperability

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Open Door Policy is a 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.

    As we move into summer it’s a great time to pause and reflect, and take the measure of the journey we’ve been on. In that spirit, we recently caught up with K.Y. Srinivasan, one of Microsoft’s Principal Software Developers who focuses on open source and interoperability. We asked K.Y. to talk about the interoperability enhancements he and his team have been undertaking with the Linux community, and about the larger vision guiding this work.

    Can you start with how Microsoft and the Linux community are working together on kernel contributions?

    It’s all part of our larger vision, which is to ensure that anything our customers want to run, they can run on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. This is what customers tell us they want.

    One of the best things about getting to this point has been going through the process of working with the Linux community to refine and improve our code so that it best serves our customers. It was particularly gratifying to hear from Linux Foundation VP Greg Kroah-Hartman (in an interview with Wired magazine) that merging Microsoft’s code into the Linux kernel tree made it smaller and easier to maintain.

  • Now Available: PHP 5.5.0 Delivers Significant Performance Improvements

    Posted by Stephen Zarkos
    Senior Program Manager – PHP on Windows

    Congratulations to the PHP community on yesterday’s PHP 5.5.0 release, which delivers a long list of updates, including enhancements that significantly speed up PHP performance.

    phpIt’s exciting to see the PHP language continue to grow and evolve, as well as the ongoing work between Microsoft, its partners, and the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure. Now the PHP community supports Windows right alongside Linux, and this continues with the release of PHP 5.5.0.

    To read about all the improvements in the latest version of PHP 5.5.0, including some performance gains of 100+ percent, please see the detailed blog post by Microsoft’s Cory Fowler

  • Office Mobile for iPhone: Now Available

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Today Microsoft released Office Mobile for iPhone, which is available at no extra charge from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. This new iPhone app enables great Office content viewing and on-the-go content editing.

    After signing in to an Office 365 account, you can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere. And, Office Mobile will keep all your content and formatting intact so documents still look professional when you're back on your PC or Mac.

  • Microsoft at Solutions Linux 2013

    Posted by Frédéric Aatz
    Director of Interoperability Strategy, Microsoft France

    Recently 6,000 participants gathered in Paris to participate in the fifteenth annual Solutions Linux event, which brings together many businesses and open source communities to share emerging best practices and discuss IT market trends.

    Solutions Linux

    This was Microsoft’s ninth year participating in the event, this year as a gold sponsor. It was an excellent opportunity for us to connect with a broad range of companies and individuals who are focused on open source solutions and interoperability for enterprises with mixed IT environments.

  • Queensland University of Technology Launches Open Source Software Group and Virtual Lab

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    In Brisbane this week, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) launched the Open Source Software Group and Virtual Lab at the university’s new Science and Engineering Center. This exciting venture will help students acquire critical technology skills and create software solutions for real-world problems.

    The new lab will be a hub for emerging technologies, hackathons, open data projects in biology and healthcare, and global competitions like QUT’s Change the World series and the Microsoft Imagine Cup.

    The new Science and Engineering Center (left) on the QUT campus

    The new Science and Engineering Center (left) on the QUT campus

    Microsoft Research supported the venture, alongside Microsoft Australia, Red Hat Asia Pacific, and Technology One, a Brisbane-based enterprise software company. Each of these key supporters see the value in working cooperatively on open source projects, understanding the model of community driven projects operating hand-in-hand with commercial services and products.