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Posted by Garrett SerackSenior Software Developer, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center
Hundreds of thousands of open source applications run on Windows today, but a lot of open source software can still be hard to find and deploy on Windows because many developers work on projects independently. Today’s release of NuGet 2.5 and the beta release of the CoApp PowerShell Tools go a long way to address this challenge, removing the duplications of effort by providing a central repository of high-quality, commonly-used open source libraries and languages.
Rewind to last year. CoApp (an open source project I launched three years ago) got together with the NuGet team, folks from Visual C++ team, and community members, to outline how we could align our efforts to support packages for all developers on Windows – not just.NET – across all of our products, including Windows Server, Windows desktop, Windows Store apps and Windows Phone.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Sources of data exist all around us, especially when it comes to environmental research. With more sensors and devices than ever capable of capturing robust amounts of data, new technologies are needed to analyze this information and make insightful observations.
Microsoft Research (MSR) has been working on methods to compile, analyze, and apply big data for a number of years. Today we’re showcasing FetchClimate, another noteworthy example of how a combination of big data analysis and open science can help scientists and non-scientists alike better understand the world around them.
We recently chatted with Drew Purves, head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge to talk about the FetchClimate tool for environmental data that he and his team have brought to life. Read on to get Purves' perspectives on the importance of openness in his team’s work and how with FetchClimate it’s very fast and easy to “get useful environmental information in a very open way.”
What do Microsoft and open source have in common? More than you may think, unless you’ve already been following the work of Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech), since the wholly owned subsidiary was created one year ago this month.
MS Open Tech focuses on building bridges between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, including open source solutions. From providing building blocks for interoperable cloud services to launching community-driven services like VM Depot to working with many organizations on open standards, MS Open Tech fosters greater choice for customers with heterogeneous environments.
Later this week, on April 25th, MS Open Tech will gather with many members of open source communities to celebrate the unlikely pairing at the Microsoft BizSpark Lab in Silicon Valley.
The Lync 2013 team recently released a series of mobile apps that bring robust communication features, including voice and video, rich presence, instant messaging, and conferencing, to your Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
Lync is a powerful tool for connecting with colleagues around the globe or a co-worker in a cubical around the corner. These new mobile apps extend the enterprise Lync experience to wherever you are, all from a single, easy-to-use interface.
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 into the cloud on their terms, saving both time and money.
Infrastructure Services is the final puzzle piece in our broader cloud solution. Combined with our existing Platform Services, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider that can offer a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution. Customers have the flexibility to combine their on-premises investments with our cloud based on their unique needs and scenarios.
This release is strengthened by an unrivaled ecosystem of partners. Canonical, OpenLogic, and SUSE are a key part of the Windows Azure Virtual Machines offering, which expands Windows Azure’s Infrastructure Services capabilities by enabling customers to run their own customized Windows Server or Linux images. In addition, you can tap into the Linux resources at VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a community managed repository of pre-configured virtual machines that enables customers to discover and deploy common solutions in just minutes.