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February, 2014

  • 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.

  • Windows Azure and NBC Sports Team Up to Stream the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to Your Favorite Devices

    Posted by Openness Team

    Great news for all who want to watch the 2014 Olympic Winter Games live while on-the-go. NBC Sports Group and Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows Azure Media Services is being used to publish and stream all 98 events of the Games, right to your favorite device.

    Viewers can access live and on-demand content by using the free NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. They can also go to to view live or on-demand Olympics events on a computer – PC or Mac.