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Yesterday Android joined the family of SkyDrive apps available for mobile devices. This extends SkyDrive’s commitment to delivering personal cloud storage that’s available anywhere – via any modern web browser, across operating systems, and on many mobile devices.
Here are a few of the SkyDrive for Android app features:
For more details on the app, please see the Inside SkyDrive blog or download today from the Google Play site.
The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a REST-based open web protocol for unlocking and sharing data, freeing it from silos that exist in some software applications today. The OASIS international consortium has launched a new initiative that will standardize OData and simplify the querying and sharing of data across applications for re-use in the enterprise, mobile devices, and the Cloud.
More than 57 members from around the world are now participating in the OASIS OData Technical Committee, which had its inaugural meeting at Microsoft last month. “We’re seeing a wave of Cloud standardization projects at OASIS that use REST, AtomPub, and JSON technology,” said Laurent Liscia, OASIS Executive Director. “OData is an exciting addition to our portfolio. The response to the new Committee has been tremendous.”
To learn more about OData and how organizations and open source communities can benefit from OData support, check out the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog or OASIS’ news update.
With Skype continuing to gain popularity for voice, video and instant messaging services, Skype engineers are hard at work to enhance the experience across a range of platforms and devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even TVs. Earlier this week, the Skype team announced updates specifically for iPhone and iPad Skype users, making the service easier to use on-the-go, including:
Check out the Skype blog to learn more about these Skype for iOS updates and how to download to your iPhone or iPad.
As part of ongoing collaborations with Drupal, Microsoft is participating in this week’s DrupalCon in Munich. After partnering closely with the Drupal community to make Drupal available on Windows, tomorrow’s sessions will highlight ongoing work with open source communities and Drupal developers, including how to quickly deploy Drupal sites on Windows Azure. For more on the event, please see the Interoperability@Microsoft blog or stop by the booth and say hello!
Seamlessly sharing, editing, and archiving documents are critical to business productivity. That’s one reason why the new Microsoft Office has added support for standardized document formats Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. Announced recently, these open document formats provide users with more choices for office document interoperability.
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) published ODF 1.2 in January. As a member of the OASIS technical committee working on ODF, Microsoft provided technical expertise in key areas of improvement in ODF 1.2. The most significant ODF 1.2 improvement is the specification of Open Formula to standardize formulas for spreadsheets.
In addition to providing updated support for the Open XML and ODF standards, the new Office adds exciting new features around PDF files as well. With this release, Microsoft introduces the option, which we call PDF Reflow, to open PDF files as editable office documents.
For more on how these open document formats can improve productivity, please see the Office Next blog.