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November, 2013

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop App Delivers Windows Apps to more than 1 Million Android, iOS, and Mac Users

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella
    Microsoft Interoperability Strategy

    In October, the Microsoft Remote Desktop App was released in the Android, iOS, and Mac stores, bringing a dynamic Windows experience to devices around the world. Just a few days after release, the free app reached 1 million downloads and ranked as the fastest growing Android app from Microsoft ever.

    If your company has users who work on iPads, Android, and Windows RT devices, you may also be considering how you will deliver Windows applications to those devices. With the Remote Desktop App and the Windows Server 2012 R2 platforms, also made available last month, enterprises now have a great option for delivering Windows applications to users across all the devices they are using.

    For more on how Microsoft is helping enterprises deliver applications and protect data across devices platforms, please see Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog post.

    You can give the apps a try today by following the store links below. Let us know what you think of the experience in the comments.

  • SUSE and Microsoft Management Tools Simplify Administration of Windows and Linux Environments

    Posted by Alfonso Castro
    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group

    Today at SUSECon 2013, SUSE announced the availability of SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center, giving system administrators running Windows and Linux servers a single console for managing their environments, maintaining patch health, and deploying updates.

    Tight integration between SUSE Manager and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 helps customers reduce infrastructure costs, save management time, and minimize risk of maintenance errors.

    This release is another milestone for interoperable cross-platform solutions. The Microsoft-SUSE alliance has already helped more than 1,000 enterprise customers benefit from joint efforts to improve interoperability and support between Windows and Linux.

  • Join Us for Our Next Interoperability Seminar in Shanghai

    Posted by Michael Bowman
    Program Manager, Office Engineering

    A critical aspect of Microsoft product development is an ecosystem dedicated to shipping interoperable systems. We work closely with other vendors and open source communities by providing extensive documentation and hosting interoperability and plugfest-type events to provide opportunities for testing and feedback.

    I’m pleased to announce the next interoperability seminar will be hosted in Shanghai, China next month on December 10th to 12th.


    This free, three-day event will cover a broad range of Microsoft interoperability topics from Windows Server, Office, and SQL, including Windows File Sharing, Office Binary File Formats, and more.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Mind Palette Builds Linux Environment on Windows Azure, Saves 20%

    Posted by Masami Suzuki
    Microsoft Japan

    Mind Palette is a cloud services vendor based in Tokyo, Japan, that develops and markets Snapeee, a smartphone picture-sharing app designed for those who love Japan’s unique aesthetic of kawaii, meaning “cute.” With Snapeee, users can take pictures with their phones, personalize them with playful stamps, lettering, and frames, and share them with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.


    Since Snapeee was released in May 2011, the user base has grown steadily to five million active users today, causing data volumes and operating costs to balloon, making them reconsider their original decision to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their cloud-computing platform.

  • Internet Explorer Teams Up with The Hunger Games and Lionsgate for a Revolutionary Web Experience

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella
    Microsoft Interoperability Strategy

    If you can’t get enough of The Hunger Games or simply wonder about the recording-breaking buzz this past weekend, check out The Hunger Games Explorer – the go-to destination and online hub for all the latest on the blockbuster series in an interactive and rich web forum.

    Part of what makes The Hunger Games experience so great is the devoted fan base, who have broken all sorts of social media records with their conversations about the beloved series.