Openness@Microsoft

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

October, 2013

  • Indonesia’s ICT Awards Support an Open and Thriving Ecosystem for Young Entrepreneurs

    Posted by Heriyadi Janwar
    Microsoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager

    Last month in Jakarta, Microsoft was proud to sponsor the seventh annual Indonesia Information and Communications Technology Awards (INAICTA) ceremony, held to honor innovative local technologies and support a thriving ecosystem of young entrepreneurs in Indonesia.

    With the rapid growth of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, INAICTA aims to support an open, competitive, and transparent ICT ecosystem that creates both local and global opportunities for Indonesian developers and companies. Award winners are provided with additional resources, including Microsoft BizSpark and a coveted spot in Digitalpreneurship Program, a new technology accelerator that supplies training and networking opportunities to support sustainable business creation.

    ICT Minister, Tifatul Sembiring, watching applicative robot demonstration by one of the junior entrepreneurs. "According to the vision and mission to support the formation of digital ecosystems in Indonesia, this year INAICTA winners will participate in the Digitalpreneurship Program so that their work can be introduced to the market faster, improving their chances of success," said Andreas Surya, 2013 INAICTA Chairman.

  • Open World Forum 2013: Three Days of “Thinking, Coding, and Experimenting” with Open Source Thought Leaders

    Posted by Frédéric Aatz
    Director of Interoperability, Microsoft France

    Earlier this month, I was fortunate to be back at Open World Forum, the first event of its kind to bring together European political and IT leaders to discuss opportunities for free and open source technologies to deliver technological, economic and social impact.

    OWF

    It was a great opportunity to spend three days “thinking, coding, and experimenting” with these thought leaders, highlighting ways that Microsoft is working with open source communities to deliver value for our mutual customers.

    Social cloud

    Throughout the event, attendees could stay up to speed on trending social dialogue with “Social Cloud” (pictured above) – an open source Node.js application hosted on Windows Azure.

  • Available Today: Windows Azure HDInsight Brings Hadoop Big Data to the Cloud

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing & Operations

    After a successful public preview, today Microsoft released Windows Azure HDInsight, a cloud-based distribution of Apache Hadoop and a cornerstone of our strategy for helping customers realize value from big data.

    Windows Azure HDInsight combines the best of Hadoop open source technology with the security, elasticity and manageability that enterprises require. We have built it to integrate with Excel and Power BI – our business intelligence offering that is part of Office 365 – allowing people to easily connect to data through HDInsight, then refine and do business analytics in a turnkey fashion. For developers, HDInsight also supports choice of languages: .NET, Java and more.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Peel Children and Youth Initiative Opens Up Data and Opportunities for Local Children

    Posted by Keith Loo
    Open Platforms Lead - Microsoft Canada

    Between after-school and dinnertime, there are many opportunities for children and youth to truly engage in their communities, particularly through quality after-school programs. The challenge, however, is not so much whether these recreational and education activities exist, but rather the degree of awareness and accessibility.

    The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) is helping to solve this challenge with their new Play in Peel recreation app, makes it exceptionally easy for their community members to search for any nearby activities, from arts and cooking to basketball leagues. Who would want to miss “Robotics for Mini Engineers”!?

  • Just Announced: Next Wave of Enterprise Cloud Products and Services

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Enterprise Cloud Momentum – A Growing EcosystemYesterday, Microsoft announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies realize the benefits of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges.

    Complementing Office 365 and other services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft’s enterprise cloud strategy, connecting IT and data infrastructure, application platform and development, device management and business solutions.

    The release on October 18 will be significant for enterprises with mixed IT environments.