Openness@Microsoft

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

December, 2013

  • Now Available: Open Source Windows Azure Active Directory Libraries for iOS and Android

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella
    Microsoft Interoperability Strategy

    The gift-giving started early this week for developers looking to add Windows Azure Active Directory’s enterprise-level identity features to their applications and services, as MS Open Tech released alpha versions of new iOS and Android open source libraries.

     

    Now developers can authenticate users of cloud and on-premises Android applications through Microsoft services such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, or through non-Microsoft services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google. These libraries are alpha versions, intended for testing these scenarios and providing feedback.

  • Spotlight on Microsoft Research: Ready For Time Travel - ChronoZoom Transports Students and Teachers through History

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella
    Microsoft Interoperability Strategy

    ChronoZoom, the award-winning open source cross-platform timeline that captures the “history of everything,” continues to make waves in the education space. This time, Microsoft Research’s Donald Brinkman has teamed up with the National Council of Social Studies, the American Historical Association, LearnNC from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a collection of students and teachers, with the goal of combining the staying power of face-to-face learning and teaching tools with the unprecedented visualization that ChronoZoom delivers.

     

    From World War I to the European Colonization of the Americas, Brinkman and team are creating classroom curriculum that leverages ChronoZoom’s ability to produce digital timelines and even presentations, ultimately keeping students more engaged while empowering them to reach their own conclusions.

    “There’s a certain amount of messiness to history that can make it a challenge to fully understand,” says Middle School history teacher Samantha Shires, who helped develop the World War I curriculum. “ChronoZoom provides a visual representation that helps my students make sense of the messiness and act as an operator of history, rather than merely a bystander.”

  • From Santa’s Village to Your Chimney: NORAD and Internet Explorer Deliver Holiday Cheer to Any Device

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Since 1955, Santa fans of all ages have tracked his reindeer-guided route with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD’s) radar, satellites and jet fighters. This year, Microsoft joined the fun to create an interactive experience that extends to any device with the launch of the new www.NORADSanta.org.

  • First InterOpConf Brings Open Source Communities and Microsoft Together in Central Europe

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella
    Microsoft Interoperability Strategy

    Earlier this month, I participated in the first InterOpConf event, which highlighted solutions resulting from work between open source communities and Microsoft, showing how even competing technologies can work together to deliver value for enterprise customers.

    65 members from open source communities within Poland and across Europe joined us for two days of technical workshops, presentations, and discussions of open Microsoft projects, including the openness of our Windows Azure cloud platform and resources for open source developers. My two sessions covered Linux and open source scenarios for Windows Azure and the value of the .NET ecosystem for open source developers.

  • Node Windows Hackathon: Improving the Node Experience on Windows

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Recently the Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. team hosted the first Node Windows Hackathon, bringing together Node.js developers to learn about new tools and work together on innovative scenarios and features.

     

    “Our goal for the hackathon was simply to begin fostering a community of Node developers we can work with to make the Node experience on Windows and Windows Azure better and better over time,” said Doug Mahugh, Lead Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. “We were very happy with the connections we made and the energy that everyone brought to the event.”