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February, 2014

  • Free OneDrive Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS and Android Devices Worldwide

    Posted by Openness Team

    Last week, Microsoft announced the global release of OneDrive, a free cloud storage service. Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive tries to make it as easy as possible to get all of your digital content – photos, videos and documents – in one place and accessible across any devices, at home or work.

    OneDrive is available for every major device and platform. It’s built into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office and Xbox. If you use an iPhone or Android phone, an iPad, Android tablet, or Mac, OneDrive supports those too.

    This release also includes several new capabilities, including automatic camera backup for Android and the ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos.

    For more on how OneDrive is making cloud storage easier, check out The OneDrive Blog or go to and try it. For existing SkyDrive customers, you’re all set -- your files are already in the new OneDrive. Let us know what you think of the new experience in the comments.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: University Reduces Costs with Streamlined Cross-Platform Management

    Posted by Openness Team

     The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. This public research university strives for academic excellence in all areas and uses technology to support its scholastic efforts.

    Until recently, the IT department at UTSA depended on 30 VMware servers to support its 550 virtual machines, which ran Linux and Windows operating systems and handled more than 100 different applications and services—from websites to line-of-business applications.

    Because it used so many different technologies, the UTSA IT staff had to be well-versed in several operating system environments and had to use multiple tools for comprehensive management and monitoring.

  • International Open Data Day Supports Government Transparency and Local Economic Growth

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Citizens around the world are gathering for International Open Data Day to encourage government transparency and adoption of open data policies. The events welcome anyone with a passion to make their cities better, from developers to government officials and librarians, working side-by-side on real projects.

    The Make Web Not War (MWNW) team is converging in Toronto, with more than 300 public servants, community activists, and technology professionals, at Open Data Day Canada. MWNW is a community-driven open source and open government initiative supported by Microsoft that believes technology can help close the gap between citizens and the municipal and provincial agencies that serve them.

  • Making Big Data Work for All

    Posted by Openness Team

    Big week for big data. Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, and that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight, our cloud-based Hadoop service.


    These are the latest examples of how Microsoft is striving to put the power of data insights into the hands of the people who are closest to real-world challenges. With these latest additions and updates to the Microsoft data platform, Microsoft is another step closer to that vision.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: UK Government IT Services Trusts Microsoft Hyper-V to Run Linux and Windows

    Posted by Openness Team

    FCO Services LogoFCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) Services provides IT services to the UK Government, including a global network of embassies and consulates, which employs people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices worldwide.

    Last year, FCO Services delivered hosting and cloud services primarily on a VMware vSphere-based infrastructure, which ran workloads on both Windows and Linux operating systems. However, because FCO Services also virtualized some Windows workloads with Microsoft Hyper-V, maintaining a dual-hypervisor environment was expensive.