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

September, 2013

  • Announced Today: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software on Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    This morning Microsoft and Oracle announced the next big step in their partnership, delivering the power of Oracle’s mission-critical software to the millions of customers running Windows and Windows Azure.

    The combination of Oracle workloads on Microsoft clouds is incredibly powerful for customers looking for enterprise-grade reliability, scalability and performance. Starting today, Microsoft’s offering includes a Windows Azure preview of license-included Windows Server virtual machine images running Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java Development Kit.  Oracle is delivering a bring-your-own-license Oracle Linux virtual machine images running Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server in Windows Azure.

    Oracle on Windows Azure

  • Now Available: SUSE Cloud 2.0 with Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

    Posted by Michael Kelley
    Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center


    Last week SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Cloud 2.0, an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private clouds. This release includes full support for Microsoft Hyper-V, helping customers set up mixed hypervisor private clouds that can be rapidly deployed and easily managed.

    “Heterogeneous infrastructure is an enterprise IT fact of life, and Microsoft is committed to serving customers in mixed Windows and open source environments,” said Mike Schutz, Microsoft General Manager of Product Marketing. “Now, SUSE Cloud 2.0 support for compute nodes running Microsoft Hyper-V can help customers create private clouds that include multiple hypervisors, providing increased flexibility and workload optimization.”

  • Xbox Music for iOS and Android

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    This week Microsoft announced plans to bring Xbox Music to iOS and Android devices, as well as free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web, making Xbox Music and its 30 million tracks available on millions more devices and for free to anyone with a Web browser.

    Xbox Music launched almost a year ago to better connect artists with their fans, giving music lovers the independence to stream music for free, subscribe to unlimited music, or download favorite songs to own, all through one common platform. The addition of iOS and Android expands the family of supported devices, furthering integration across tablets, PCs, phones and TV.

    “Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” said Jerry Johnson, general manager of Xbox Music. “We’re also excited to connect artists with their fans on the most anticipated consumer product of the year when Xbox One launches Nov. 22.”

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Microsoft Helps Aston Martin Solve Interoperability Challenges

    Posted by Steve Lamb
    Microsoft United Kingdom

    With nearly a century of history, Aston Martin has developed into an automotive icon, a marque synonymous with luxury, heritage and authentic craftsmanship. All of their models are hand-crafted, using advanced technology processes within a very modern environment at the forefront of contemporary manufacturing.

    Supporting the company’s entire operations, including locations in England, Germany, the United States, Japan, and China, is a sophisticated IT infrastructure. However, over time, this infrastructure had evolved into a heterogeneous platform of disparate operating systems and management tools.

    “The 15-member infrastructure and operations staff worked hard to build interoperability into our systems and tools to optimize performance, speed, and agility, but it was a challenge,” says Daniel Roach-Rooke, IT Infrastructure Manager at Aston Martin. “The ‘consumerization’ of IT; cloud and hybrid computing complete with shifting networks; and the increasing mobility of our employees and their devices make it even more imperative that we have proper tools to manage and control the Aston Martin environment.”

    To improve efficiency and simplify management of their mixed IT environment, Aston Martin chose the Windows Server 2012 operating system, which includes the latest version of Hyper-V virtualization technology, as well as Microsoft System Center 2012.

  • Spotlight on Microsoft Research: the Open Workshops of the Future at World Maker Faire

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Every year, tens of thousands of people descend upon New York City to take part in what’s billed as “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and an “all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.” What brings such a diverse group together? The one and only World Maker Faire New York (WMFNY).

    Taking place this weekend at the renowned New York Hall of Science, Microsoft Research is honored to be an exhibitor at this celebration of curiosity, creativity, and forward-thinking from around the world.