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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Today Microsoft announced our latest release of Microsoft Office 365 for business. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service, on up to five devices.
As we blogged about last month, the five devices can be PCs, Macs, or tablets, and installations can be easily transferred to new devices as needed, giving users virtually anywhere access to their Office tools.
“With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the connectivity of the cloud,” said Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene. “This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions.”
Posted by Nik GarkushaOpen Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada
With all the open data that’s been made available by cities, states and countries worldwide, it makes sense to explore new ways to connect that data into various apps. At many Microsoft-hosted events, including this week’s Make Web Not War Hackathon, the objective is just that – to explore these new scenarios offered by open data and find ways to translate it into powerful apps and visualizations.
This open data trend is increasingly relevant because of the substantial value in judiciously sharing data as a means to transform government services delivery. By enabling access to the data, individuals are empowered to draw their own conclusions and use the data to engage in their communities.
Last week I blogged about two perfect examples of Windows 8 apps that harness the power of open data and support community engagement, specifically the geo-enabled open source templates “Finder” and “Hero”.
Posted by Yuri PorrasManager, 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 of the nation’s largest and most prominent communications companies, was quickly overwhelmed by user traffic as people in the country and around the world logged on to obtain and share information following the devastation.
Unable to keep up with the volume of traffic, and finding their patches and quick-fixes insufficient to get the website back up, Teletica’s IT staff was at a loss as to how to proceed. That’s when they called Microsoft.
Within 45 minutes, they were able to deploy Windows Azure’s flexible resource allocation and open source hosting abilities to get the website back up and running. Additionally, Windows Azure’s interoperability enabled Teletica to develop and launch an open source mapping application that allowed users to post pictures and videos showing the conditions around the country in the wake of the disaster.
As we blogged about earlier this week, Big Data Week at Microsoft is showcasing what customers, partners, and the industry are doing to harness the power of big data to change the way organizations and people do business, discover insights and interact with one another.
On Wednesday night, Microsoft hosted Big Data Date Night, which brought together 300 big data engineers, analysts and innovators in Silicon Valley to discuss how they’re helping their customers make sense of huge sets of structured and unstructured data, while providing glimpses into the tremendous business opportunities on the horizon. It was a great opportunity for us to swap learnings with leading big data experts and share more about Microsoft’s work to support Hadoop on Windows Azure.
Conversations focused on how to make data analysis easier for businesses around the world and the work that Microsoft is doing to provide a Hadoop-based solution on Windows Azure that is 100% compatible with Apache Hadoop piqued interest.
Posted by Robert EvansProduct 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 Coogee Beach. Microsoft, a gold sponsor, had the opportunity to connect with members of the Drupal community and share how easy it can be for users to deploy Drupal, which has seen growing momentum and adoption throughout the Australian government, on Windows Azure.
The sold out conference hosted 450 attendees, including Senator Kate Lundy, who gave a keynote presentation to help kick off three days’ worth of events. There was a wide range of open source software (OSS) companies and heavy users from both the commercial and public sectors onsite – many who may have not been aware of the steps we’ve taken, and are continuing to take, toward greater openness and interoperability on our platforms, like Windows Azure. “I work for the Queensland government department, and we’re looking to deploy Drupal,” said one IT manager. “I really didn’t know that you could do this on Windows Azure.”