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  • Blog Post: New Universal Mobile Keyboard Works with All Your Mobile Devices -- Windows, iOS and Android

    Posted by Openness Team Although tablets and smartphones have become extensions of our daily routines, typing on the small screens can be arduous at times. To resolve this productivity dilemma, Microsoft announced the Universal Mobile Keyboard for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets...
  • Blog Post: Back to School: OneNote for Android Tablets

    Posted by Openness Team This week Microsoft released a OneNote for Android update, extending the commitment to help OneNote fans access to their notes and capture their moments of inspiration from virtually anywhere on their favorite devices – Windows , Windows Phone , iOS ( iPad and iPhone...
  • Blog Post: Does it Work? Try Plugging It In

    Posted by Openness Team Next week representatives from about 30 companies, including Apple, Oracle, and Google, will gather on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus for a five-day Interoperability Plugfest . Hosted by Microsoft Interoperability teams, this event provides free, hands-on help to developers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Android Update Extends Cross-Platform Experience

    Posted by Openness Team Last week Microsoft released a OneNote for Android update, extending the commitment to help OneNote fans access to their notes and capture their moments of inspiration from virtually anywhere on their favorite devices – Windows , Windows Phone , iOS ( iPad and iPhone...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Pairs Up with LinuxCon Europe

    Posted by Alfonso Castro Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group Microsoft takes part in a range of open source events and gatherings around the world as a way to facilitate face to face discussions with our open source colleagues and help create greater synergies that will...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Hadoop Preview for Big Data Customers

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to release an additional limited customer preview of the Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. Since the first limited preview was released in...
  • Blog Post: OpenStack + Hyper-V

    Posted by Sandy Gupta General Manager, Open Solutions Group Two weeks ago the OpenStack community announced the release of Essex . I want to congratulate the community on reaching this key milestone. Microsoft is working with the OpenStack community to restore and enhance Windows Server Hyper-V support...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Open for Developers

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Last week, the winners of the Windows 8 First Apps Contest gave us a glimpse into what Windows 8 makes possible for independent developers, who can utilize their existing skills and familiar technologies to quickly build apps...
  • Blog Post: Navigating the New World of Data

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Just ten years ago, most business data was locked up behind big applications. We are now entering an era when unlocking this data and its potential to drive new knowledge and insights is becoming a key success factor for many...
  • Blog Post: Open in the Cloud: Windows Azure Update

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations This week’s Windows Azure update highlighted Microsoft’s commitment to interoperability and an enhanced developer experience on its cloud platform. Josette Rigsby at CMSWire dubbed this “ a friendlier, more...
  • Blog Post: Mixed Source Collaboration with Leading Chinese Linux Company Fuels Cloud Innovation

    Posted by Sandy Gupta General Manager, Open Solutions Group A common truth in this industry is that emerging markets often leapfrog mature ones when it comes to adopting new business models and technologies. One example that illustrates this well is cloud computing in China. Cloud-based infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Openness Partner Spotlight: OpenLogic Brings CentOS into the Cloud with Windows Azure

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Microsoft is dedicated to ensuring that our software, services, and devices work easily across our platforms, especially with the global shift in IT toward the Cloud. With this in mind, we continue to work with other technology...
  • Blog Post: Samba 4.0 Interoperability with Microsoft’s Active Directory

    Posted by Darryl Welch Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Interoperability Engineering Team Yesterday the Samba Team released Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server , the first compatible Free Software implementation of Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols. Familiar to all network...
  • Blog Post: A Look Back and a Look Forward: Meeting Customer Needs Remains the Secret to Our Success

    Posted by Geoff Sullivan Managing Sales Director, Open Solutions Group Many people are surprised when they hear how much progress Microsoft and Novell have made in their efforts around Linux/Windows interoperability. When we announced our ground breaking agreement in November 2006, there was no shortage...
  • Blog Post: From Santa’s Village to Your Chimney: NORAD and Internet Explorer Deliver Holiday Cheer to Any Device

    Posted by Amy Green Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Since 1955, Santa fans of all ages have tracked his reindeer-guided route with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD’s) radar, satellites and jet fighters. This year, Microsoft joined the fun to...
  • 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: Windows Server “8” Beta: Every App, Any Cloud

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Last week, Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Corporate VP of Server and Cloud, announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta . This is exciting news for IT managers looking for a scalable web platform and the...
  • Blog Post: Say “Yes” to BYOD with Windows Intune

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Workers tend to reach for the technology that makes it easiest to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own smartphones. While there are benefits to giving employees this latitude, management of many...
  • 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: 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: Now Available! Deliver Streaming Video and More across Platforms with Windows Azure Media Services

    Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Windows Azure Media Services is now generally available for customers looking for a platform to create, manage, and distribute media in the cloud. With this new service, businesses can now quickly build a media distribution solution...
  • Blog Post: Openness Customer Spotlight: Caixa Econômica Federal Turns to Microsoft Solutions for Cost Savings and Improved Interoperability

    Posted by Luís Fernando Patrici Account Executive, Microsoft Brazil Established in 1861, Caixa Econômica Federal is not just a bank, it’s an institution that impacts the lives of millions in Brazil. The 100% public company has a key role in promoting urban development and social...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Remote Desktop App Delivers Windows Apps to more than 1 Million Android, iOS, and Mac Users

    Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy In October, the Microsoft Remote Desktop App was released in the Android, iOS, and Mac stores, bringing a dynamic Windows experience to devices around the world. Just a few days after release, the free app reached 1 million downloads...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft – SUSE 2.0

    Posted by Sandy Gupta General Manager, Open Solutions Group I’m happy to share news today that Microsoft has formally extended the strategic Windows-Linux interoperability collaboration we previously had with Novell to SUSE . I personally am excited by the prospect of SUSE’s newfound...