Openness@Microsoft

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

March, 2014

  • It’s Here! Office for iPad

    Posted by Openness Team

    Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad – shiny touch-friendly apps that you can download for Word, Excel and PowerPoint from the App Store. The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad

    Documents will look as good as they do on your PC or Mac, and better than ever on your iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad.

  • Techies of the ‘80s Rejoice: Microsoft Releases Source Code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows

    Posted by Openness Team

    MS-DOSYesterday, with the help of the Computer History Museum, Microsoft made the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public for the first time, helping future generations of technologists better understand the roots of personal computing.

    For the tech savvy of the eighties, the images of floppy disks, MS-DOS command lines, and boxy PCs sparked nostalgia. “I remember you, MS-DOS. I remember your bleeps and bloops, the non-curves of your blocky typeface, your very smell,” said Venture Beat’s Jolie O’Dell. “And now, I can have you for my own.”

  • Name Change for Windows Azure

    Posted by Openness Team

    Today Microsoft announced that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live.

    Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world’s applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of  the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first, data-powered world, customers want a public cloud platform that supports their needs—whatever they may be—and that public cloud is Microsoft Azure. 

  • Open Door Policy: S. Somasegar Discusses the Great Value of Microsoft and Open Source Ecosystems Working Together

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

     S. Somasegar is Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft and responsible for developer tools and services, including the programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, the Visual Studio line of products and services, the .NET Framework, and MSDN. In addition, Somasegar is also the executive sponsor for the Cloud and Enterprise business’s Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel.

    He took a break from his many developer-related duties to share his perspectives on openness at Microsoft, including how the spirit of openness is helping us “think bigger.”

  • Available Today: Windows Azure HDInsight with Hadoop 2.2

    Posted by Openness Team

    Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight with support for Hadoop 2.2.

    Big Data