Openness@Microsoft

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

January, 2014

  • Springtime in Taipei is Lovely: Join us for our Next Interoperability Seminar

    Posted by Michael Bowman
    Program Manager, Office Engineering

    The Microsoft interoperability teams are hosting our next plugfest in Taipei, Taiwan on March 25th – 27th. A critical aspect of Microsoft product development is an ecosystem dedicated to shipping interoperable systems and these plugfest-type events are a great opportunities to work closely with other vendors and open source communities, providing extensive documentation and sessions dedicated to testing and feedback.

    This free, three-day event will cover a broad range of Microsoft interoperability topics from Windows Server, Office, and SQL Server, including BYOD device management and implementation, open protocols like OData and OAuth, and more.

  • Microsoft Contributes Cloud Server Designs to the Open Compute Project, Pushes Data Center Efficiency Forward

    Posted by Openness Team

     Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit, Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Cloud and Enterprise Corporate Vice President, took the stage in front of 3,000 attendees to announce Microsoft’s participation in the community, which is focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing through open collaboration.

    Laing also announced a major OCP community contribution – the Microsoft cloud server specification, which essentially provides the blueprints for Microsoft’s datacenter servers that are designed to deliver the world’s most diverse portfolio of cloud services, including Windows Azure, Office 365, and Bing.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Software Development Company Launches Secure Mobile Banking App with Windows Azure

    Posted by Heriyadi Janwar
    Microsoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager

     The combination of high cell-phone usage and low desktop internet penetration in Indonesia is fostering a vibrant market for mobile applications. In 2013, software-development company Sangkuriang Internasional targeted this opportunity in mobile banking, creating EMASS (Encrypted Messaging and Secured Services), a secure instant messaging service that allows financial institutions to make payments via cell phones.

    To launch EMASS as a service, Sangkuriang needed a cost-effective way to host the EMASS backend systems for each mobile app.

    “We are a software-development company, not a service provider. We wanted a partner to host EMASS for us, but their service had to be reliable, easy to work with and affordable,” said Oka Sugandi, Director of Sangkuriang Internasional. “For financial institutions to trust us, it also had to be 100 percent secure.”

    Sangkuriang also needed to select a cloud service that worked well with the wide range of EMASS technologies, including Linux for core server messaging, and support multiple device platforms, including Windows, iOS, Blackberry, and Android.

  • Hortonworks Releases Apache Hadoop-based Distribution for Windows

    Posted by Openness Team

    Today, Hortonworks announced the general availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.0 for Windows, the next release of the industry’s only 100% Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows.

    Microsoft’s approach to big data ensures that customers have choice and flexibility when building and running Hadoop-based solutions. This includes providing customers with options to deploy Hadoop data in the cloud on Windows Azure or build on-premises applications on HDP for Windows.

  • Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Expands Presence to China

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Today our friends at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) expanded their work with open standards and open source communities globally by opening a subsidiary in China – Microsoft Open Technologies Shanghai Company Limited (aka MS Open Tech Shanghai).

    With a team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists who have deep roots in open source and open standards, MS Open Tech Shanghai will drive investments in interoperability and standards in Microsoft products and enable open source software on Microsoft platforms, such as Windows Azure.