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  • Blog Post: WordPress on Microsoft Azure Now More Scalable

    Posted by Openness Team This week’s Microsoft Azure update includes new features for Azure Websites , an enterprise-class cloud service for developing, testing, and running corporate websites, business applications, and digital marketing campaigns. In addition to VPN support, Azure Websites...
  • Blog Post: Summer School in Turkey: Where Top University Students Spent a Month with Microsoft

    Posted by Openness Team For more than two years, Microsoft Turkey has been running a program called Open Academy (Açık Akademi) with the goal of providing valuable online training for anyone interested in developing mobile applications, regardless of their current skill level. Open Academy...
  • Blog Post: Openness Customer Spotlight: British & Irish Lions Give 100 Million Fans a Front Row Seat

    Posted by Openness Team The world-renowned touring rugby team, the British & Irish Lions, wanted to do something it had never done in 125 years of international competition: find a way to take along 100 million fans when the team toured to play the best teams in the Southern Hemisphere. ...
  • Blog Post: Openness Partner Spotlight: Codetoki Partners with BizSpark to Empower Youth with Coding Skills

    Posted by Openness Team The Philippine Government wants to empower today’s youth by increasing employability, and sees better IT skills as a major enabler. In 2013, local software company, Codetoki, decided to help by devising an online game that tests and scores coding skills. “My...
  • Blog Post: Openness Customer Spotlight: blinkbox Saving Millions with Microsoft Cloud

    Posted by Openness Team One of the most popular movie and TV streaming services in the United Kingdom, blinkbox delivers dynamic content to more than a million monthly users, across their favorite devices. The company needed a way to meet enormous demands for compute power and storage, to transcode...
  • Blog Post: Azure HDInsight Release: Big Data, Big Performance, Big Bet on Hadoop

    Posted by Openness Team Yesterday at the Hadoop Summit , Microsoft announced Azure HDInsight ’s support for Hadoop 2.4. This is the next release of our 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Microsoft Azure and it provides order magnitude (up to 100x) performance improvements to query...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Linux Integration with System Center 2012 R2

    Posted by Openness Team Next up in our series of blog posts this week that showcase Linux support, the below video provides an inside scoop on Linux integration with System Center 2012 R2 for unified management across on-premises and Microsoft Azure cloud environments. In this Channel 9 interview...
  • Blog Post: Open Door Policy: Brady Gaster on Coding like a Vampire and Making the Microsoft Cloud Open

    Posted by Tara Grumm Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations Brady Gaster ( @bradygaster ) is a Microsoft Azure Program Manager and the former host of Channel 9’s Web Camps TV , who focuses on building tools that make it easier for web developers to benefit from the cloud. His recent...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: Evolution of PHP on Windows

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Over the past several years, Microsoft and its partners have worked diligently with the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure . Now the PHP community supports...
  • Blog Post: KimsQ and Windows Azure at the 2012 Summer Games in London

    Posted by JangYoon Kim Korea Marketing and Operations More than a billion people worldwide tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Games in London. Although most of us can’t be there in person, the almost instantaneous sharing of photos and video footage can make us feel like we...
  • Blog Post: Openness Partner Spotlight: Canonical Brings Ubuntu to Windows Azure

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Cloud computing plays a significant role in helping our customers achieve better business agility, economics, and user experiences. We also know that for today’s CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Drupal + Windows Azure: A Winning Combination for SAG

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations In the thick of Hollywood’s awards season, the Screen Actors Guild debuted its Drupal-based website hosted on Windows Azure . The SAG Awards site is a highly visible, high-traffic website and hosting it on Azure provides...
  • Blog Post: Movideo: Java a First-Class Citizen on Windows Azure

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Movideo , the only end-to-end SaaS online video platform based in the Asia Pacific region, has announced a four-year strategic alliance with Microsoft , migrating its integrated online video platform to Windows Azure. Movideo...
  • Blog Post: Extending the Windows Azure Experience to Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations A lot of news is coming out of the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week, including the announcement of a community technology preview that enables hosting service providers to use their Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: PHP 5.4 Available in Windows Azure Web Sites

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Microsoft and its partners continue to work with the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure . Last week marked another milestone for improved PHP interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mobile Services Adds HTML5 Support

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations If you haven’t heard about the updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services , Microsoft recently announced the addition of support for HTML5 applications, giving companies more options to easily create engaging mobile apps...
  • Blog Post: The Journey with Open Source

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Wired ran this story today on Microsoft’s internal thought processes and changes that have taken place over the last eight years on the journey with open source software. Cade Metz examines how Microsoft has been making...
  • Blog Post: Key Partners Open Up the Cloud with Windows Azure

    Posted by James Utzschneider General Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Yesterday, customers had the opportunity to meet Windows Azure and learn more about services in the technical preview that make Windows Azure an even more flexible, open, and powerful cloud platform. The openness and...
  • Blog Post: Publish Open Source Apps and Cloud-Based Sites with WebMatrix V2

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager – Worldwide Marketing and Operations WebMatrix V2 was released to web earlier this month, including support for popular open source apps and the ability to publish your site to the Cloud using Windows Azure Web Sites . WebMatrix is a free and open web...
  • Blog Post: Openness Partner Spotlight: Microsoft and SUSE Supporting Interoperability from the Datacenter to the Cloud

    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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s CoApp: Making Open Source Projects on Windows Easier

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Today marks the start of the Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR. Among the Microsoft attendees that will be onsite at this year’s event is Garrett Serack from the Microsoft Open Source Technology Center. Garrett...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012, Cornerstone of Cloud OS, Now Available

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Today’s global online launch event showcased the general availability of Windows Server 2012. In his keynote and blog post , Satya Nadella, President of the Sever and Tools Business, describes how Windows Server 2012 delivers...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Microsoft Research: Elevating Scientific Data into the Cloud with Windows Azure & OSS

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations The key to unlocking future predictions has generally always been some type of data. Today, with the ever-increasing storage and computational capabilities of the cloud, combined with the sheer number of devices available to...