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

July, 2013

  • Windows Server for Linux Workloads

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Enabling open source software is a big part of Microsoft’s promise to support customers as they transform their datacenters with the cloud. In a recent blog post featured in an ongoing “What’s New in 2012 R2” series, Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson provides great detail on how open source interoperability is an integral part of Microsoft’s products and a priority for engineering teams, concluding that Windows is the “best infrastructure to run Linux workloads.”

    Managing mixed IT environments can drive high levels of complexity that enterprises can address through consolidation on a single infrastructure capable of running and managing both Windows and Linux virtual machines consistently. With recent enhancements to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, customers can easily manage Windows and Linux environments side-by-side with a unified view across applications and workloads, spending more time on core business issues and less time dealing with operating system differences.

    Interoperability work with the Linux community has made this Windows-Linux parity possible, ensuring that Linux is a first-class guest on Windows Server Hyper-V. In fact, due to these interoperability efforts, Hyper-V support is built in to the following distributions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 and 6.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 and SP3, Ubuntu Server 12.04, 12.10, and 13.04, CentOS 5.9 and 6.4, Oracle Linux 6.4 (Red Hat Compatible Kernel), and Debian GPU/Linux 7.0. It’s all part of a larger vision, which is to ensure that anything our customers want to run, they can run on Windows Server and in Windows Azure.

  • Connecting the Web across a World of Devices

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier this month, the Internet Explorer team introduced the concept of Companion Web – a world where web experiences move seamlessly across the multiple screens around us, including our tablets, phones, computers, and televisions.

    Fueled by the staggering growth – 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated daily worldwide – demand is accelerating for integrated web experiences across devices, regardless of what device you use or even who makes it.

    This video illuminates the concept:

  • OWA for iPhone and iPad Brings Office 365 Email Experience to iOS Users

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier this week, the Microsoft Office team took another step forward in bringing a great Office 365 email experience to users of iOS devices with the launch of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad.

    Available for download from the Apple App Store, subscribers to Office 365 with the latest version of Exchange Online can now have streamlined email, calendar, and contact access on their iPhones or iPads.

  • Bill Gates: Commercial and Free Software Work Very Well Together

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Bill Gates Faculty SummitToday more than 400 academic researchers from 29 countries gathered in Redmond, as part of Microsoft Research’s fourteenth annual Faculty Summit, to explore how advances in science and technology are solving real-world problems.

    Bill Gates set the tone for the summit in a conversation on the topic of “Innovation and Opportunity—the Contribution of Computing to Improving Our World,” focusing on how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is leveraging innovative technologies to improve lives in the areas of education and healthcare.

    Gates responded to a question about the potential conflicts he sees between commercial and open source software in his foundation’s work, and his thoughts on the role of intellectual property in global efforts, stating there isn’t as much conflict as people might assume.

  • Meeting the Open Data Mandate with Innovative Technology

    Posted by Parul Bhandari
    Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector

    Without a doubt, there is growing demand among citizens for access to public data. This burgeoning global movement, commonly referred to as Open Data, is forever changing the way government agencies deliver information, and the way citizens shape the policy decisions that impact their daily lives.

    When you think about it, Open Data is really an extension of the information revolution unfolding in front of our eyes every day. As consumers, we’re accustomed to instant access to practically every kind of information. We can read reviews of the latest blockbuster movie, connect with friends online, and even stay plugged into email and other work applications—all from our phone. Yet, for many of us, it can be frustratingly difficult to find even the most basic information on the Web about government services, let alone how public budgets are allocated, or whether school test scores are improving or declining in our neighborhood.