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

May, 2014

  • Microsoft-SUSE Alliance: Linux and Windows Interoperability for More Than 1,000 Customers

    Posted by Alfonso Castro
    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group

    Most customers we speak with today operate heterogeneous IT environments and just want everything to work well together – whether they need to optimize existing investments or are interested in adopting new technologies along the way. One of Microsoft’s ongoing goals is to ensure that our technologies can meet these evolving customer needs whatever their platform preference.

    We’ve been fortunate to work side-by-side with SUSE – a 20-year veteran in this space – to make this goal a reality, delivering unified solutions, integrated tools, and first-class support for mixed Windows and Linux environments.

  • Need a Hard Copy? No problem, Office for iPad Now Prints

    Posted by Openness Team

     Last month, Microsoft launched Office for iPad with 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

    Millions of people have downloaded the shiny touch-friendly apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and the Office team has welcomed additional feature requests.

    This week, the Office team released the first update, including the top request for printing, SmartGuides in PowerPoint, and several other improvements.

    For more on what’s included in the update or to offer additional feature feedback, please see the Office Blog

  • OneNote Updates for iPhone and Mac

    Posted by Openness Team

    Following this week’s updates to Office for iPad, Microsoft also released new OneNote features for iPhone and Mac, making it easier to capture ideas and important to-do’s wherever you are, and on whatever device you have at your fingertips.

    Visit to get OneNote for iPhone or OneNote for Mac for free. If you already have OneNote on your iPhone or Mac, simply update the app to get the new features.

  • 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.

  • 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