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

May, 2014

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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