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Openness Customer Spotlight: Italy's Lombardia Region Uses Open Data to Build for the Future
Posted by Parul Bhandari Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector Long recognized as an epicenter for business, technology, and cultural treasures, the Lombardia region in northern Italy has more recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement. Lombardia...
7 Mar 2014
Microsoft TechDays 2014 Showcases Work with Open Source Technologies
Posted by Frederic Aatz Director of Interoperability, Microsoft France Microsoft TechDays 2014, the largest annual tech event in France dedicated to developers, IT professionals and business leaders, recently brought together 19,000 attendees with 60,000 online participants for three packed days of...
4 Mar 2014
Catch the Peace Train: “Make Web Not War” Rolls On with Next Open Data Hackathon
Posted by Keith Loo Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada Last weekend’s Open Data Day Toronto 2014 (aka ODDTO14) brought together more than 300 public servants, community activists, and technology professionals to encourage government transparency and adoption of open data policies as part...
28 Feb 2014
Openness Customer Spotlight: Software Development Company Launches Secure Mobile Banking App with Windows Azure
Posted by Heriyadi Janwar Microsoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager The combination of high cell-phone usage and low desktop internet penetration in Indonesia is fostering a vibrant market for mobile applications. In 2013, software-development company Sangkuriang Internasional targeted this opportunity...
24 Jan 2014
Now Available: Open Source Windows Azure Active Directory Libraries for iOS and Android
Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy The gift-giving started early this week for developers looking to add Windows Azure Active Directory’s enterprise-level identity features to their applications and services, as MS Open Tech released alpha versions of new iOS...
21 Dec 2013
First InterOpConf Brings Open Source Communities and Microsoft Together in Central Europe
Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Earlier this month, I participated in the first InterOpConf event, which highlighted solutions resulting from work between open source communities and Microsoft, showing how even competing technologies can work together to deliver...
11 Dec 2013
Openness Customer Spotlight: Mind Palette Builds Linux Environment on Windows Azure, Saves 20%
Posted by Masami Suzuki Microsoft Japan Mind Palette is a cloud services vendor based in Tokyo, Japan, that develops and markets Snapeee , a smartphone picture-sharing app designed for those who love Japan’s unique aesthetic of kawaii , meaning “cute.” With Snapeee, users can...
21 Nov 2013
SUSE and Microsoft Management Tools Simplify Administration of Windows and Linux Environments
Posted by Alfonso Castro Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group Today at SUSECon 2013 , SUSE announced the availability of SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center , giving system administrators running Windows and Linux servers a single console for managing...
13 Nov 2013
Open World Forum 2013: Three Days of “Thinking, Coding, and Experimenting” with Open Source Thought Leaders
Posted by Frédéric Aatz Director of Interoperability, Microsoft France Earlier this month, I was fortunate to be back at Open World Forum , the first event of its kind to bring together European political and IT leaders to discuss opportunities for free and open source technologies to...
29 Oct 2013
Available Today: Windows Azure HDInsight Brings Hadoop Big Data to the Cloud
Posted by Amy Green Director, Worldwide Marketing & Operations After a successful public preview, today Microsoft released Windows Azure HDInsight , a cloud-based distribution of Apache Hadoop and a cornerstone of our strategy for helping customers realize value from big data. Windows Azure...
29 Oct 2013
Openness Customer Spotlight: Peel Children and Youth Initiative Opens Up Data and Opportunities for Local Children
Posted by Keith Loo Open Platforms Lead - Microsoft Canada Between after-school and dinnertime, there are many opportunities for children and youth to truly engage in their communities, particularly through quality after-school programs. The challenge, however, is not so much whether these recreational...
15 Oct 2013
Announced Today: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software on Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud
Posted by Amy Green Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations This morning Microsoft and Oracle announced the next big step in their partnership , delivering the power of Oracle’s mission-critical software to the millions of customers running Windows and Windows Azure. The combination...
24 Sep 2013
Openness Customer Spotlight: How Data-Driven Decision Making is Transforming Government
Posted by Parul Bhandari Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector History has demonstrated time and again that when available technology catches up to ideas, extraordinary things can happen. The combustion engine, the airplane, and the personal computer are just a few examples of...
23 Sep 2013
Open Door Policy: Microsoft’s K.Y. Srinivasan on Working with the Linux Community to Deliver Interoperability
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Open Door Policy is a series on the Openness blog that profiles industry thought leaders and individuals within Microsoft who are leading efforts to collaborate more openly, promoting interoperability and making it easier to...
25 Jun 2013
Now Available: PHP 5.5.0 Delivers Significant Performance Improvements
Posted by Stephen Zarkos Senior Program Manager – PHP on Windows Congratulations to the PHP community on yesterday’s PHP 5.5.0 release , which delivers a long list of updates, including enhancements that significantly speed up PHP performance. It’s exciting to see the PHP language...
21 Jun 2013
Microsoft at Solutions Linux 2013
Posted by Frédéric Aatz Director of Interoperability Strategy, Microsoft France Recently 6,000 participants gathered in Paris to participate in the fifteenth annual Solutions Linux event, which brings together many businesses and open source communities to share emerging best practices...
17 Jun 2013
Openness Customer Spotlight: UK Meteorological Office Opens Up their Data in the Cloud
Posted by Mark Gayler Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Recently we’ve seen a substantial increase in public sector cloud adoption , as governments worldwide embrace cloud solutions to operate more cost effectively and enhance services. This has also created an opportunity to open up government...
29 May 2013
Available Today: Hortonworks Brings Open Source Apache Hadoop to Windows
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations Today Hortonworks announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100 percent open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. This marks an important...
21 May 2013
WebMatrix 3 Now Available: Publish Cloud-Based Web Sites and Open Source Apps
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations This week the Windows Azure team released WebMatrix 3 , the current version of the popular free web development tool, which includes support for popular open source apps and the ability to publish your site to the Cloud using...
3 May 2013
Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Available Today, Including Support for Linux Virtual Machines
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services , including Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network. This new service makes it easy for customers to move applications...
16 Apr 2013
Dropbox Support Added to Windows Azure Web Sites
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Windows Azure Web Sites allows you to quickly deploy sites with support for multiple frameworks and popular open source applications to a highly scalable cloud environment. The recent updates to Windows Azure added Dropbox to...
4 Apr 2013
Customer Spotlight: Ascribe Uses Windows Azure HDInsight to Open Doors to Real-time Medical Insights
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Emergency clinicians and health care providers are great at saving lives and treating illnesses. But what if they could go beyond addressing immediate needs and be better prepared to help their patients and communities just by...
25 Mar 2013
Windows Azure Mobile Services Now Supports Android
Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Earlier this week, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Mobile Services support for the Android platform , furthering the commitment to make it easy to connect client and mobile applications to a scalable cloud backend, regardless...
8 Mar 2013
Openness Customer Spotlight: Windows Azure Helps Bring Teletica Back Online Amid Disaster
Posted by Yuri Porras Manager, New Technology, Microsoft Costa Rica When disaster struck the picturesque nation of Costa Rica in the form of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake back in September 2012, the population was in shock and the nation’s infrastructure was damaged. The website of Teletica , one...
20 Feb 2013
Microsoft Heads “Down Under” with Windows Azure for DrupalCon Sydney
Posted by Robert Evans Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Australia Just last week, our Windows Azure team was able to catch up with Drupal users from throughout Australia and around the globe at the DrupalCon Sydney event , held at the Crown Plaza overlooking the sand and sunshine of Sydney’s...
14 Feb 2013
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