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

May, 2014

  • Open Door Policy: Jacob Rossi from Internet Explorer Talks Web Openness

    Jacob Rossi, program manager for Internet Explorer, took a break from all things web to chat with us on his perspective on openness at Microsoft.  

    If you’re interested in learning more about Jacob’s work, follow him on Twitter. He also participates in a monthly tweet chat on @iedevchat where you can learn more about his work as well as give feedback on IE’s plans for the web. Tune in to this month’s chat on 5/29 from 10 AM – 12 PM PDT at #AskIE.

  • Solve the Big Data Problems of the Future: Join Microsoft Research’s Naiad Project

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    In this decade we will collect more scientific data than we’ve collected in human history. Soon it will be impossible to do any kind of analysis without access to powerful computational tools, which can make sense of the flood of data coming from sources like satellites, internet-connected sensors, and massive computer simulations.

    Michael Isard, Derek Murray, and Frank McSherry of Microsoft Research are trying to address the data deluge with Naiad, an open source .NET-based platform for high-throughput, low-latency data analysis, including tools built atop Microsoft Azure to deliver interactive analyses of huge data sets.

    We recently caught up with the team to get their perspectives on how Naiad can solve emerging big data problems and how interested programmers and analysts can get involved in this open source project.

  • Reserve Your Spot for Microsoft’s Next Interoperability Plugfest

    Posted by Michael Bowman
    Program Manager, Office Engineering

    Mark your calendars for June 16th to 20th! Microsoft Interoperability teams are hosting a five-day Interoperability Protocols Plugfest at Microsoft’s Redmond Campus.

    PlugFest 2014

    A critical aspect of Microsoft product development is an ecosystem dedicated to shipping interoperable systems and these plugfest-type events are great opportunities to work closely with other vendors and open source communities, providing extensive documentation and sessions dedicated to testing and feedback.

  • Opening up Opportunities by Making Code a Language We All Speak

    Posted by Sangita Jayaraman, Microsoft Asia Pacific

    Asia Pacific is home to nearly 3.5 billion people speaking more than 2000 languages. Imagine if there was a common language that could unite this diverse region and open doors to opportunities.  

    Through Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative and the #WeSpeakCode campaign, youth across Asia Pacific were challenged recently to make code the second language of the Asia Pacific, completing an hour of code in one week.


    Participants at Microsoft’s We Speak Code event in Vietnam

    In Vietnam, Microsoft's We Speak Code event attracted more than 700 students from 18 universities and colleges. Supporting the event were members of IT communities from across the country, who came to share their passion for technology and spread the language of code. This is one of a series of events, including a stop in Singapore in two weeks.

    Learn how to speak code and get involved at

  • Speedier Search: Bing for Android App Update

    Posted by Openness Team

    BingMicrosoft released an update to the Bing for Android app, which includes a new streamlined look and feel and faster search capabilities.

    For Bing Rewards fans, there is also a new way to track your points within the app and keep tabs on progress. With last week’s roll out of Bing for Schools, this is another great way to help your favorite school earn Microsoft Surface tablets.

    Go to the Google Play store to download the app.