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Posted by Mark Hill Vice President, Open Source Sales and Marketing
Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 (WPC) kicks off today in Washington D.C., where partners get to see first-hand how Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision translates into partner opportunities. As Satya Nadella said in a message to employees last week, “developers and partners will thrive by creatively extending Microsoft experiences for every individual and business on the planet.”
Openness is crucial to enabling this thriving technology ecosystem and we’ve seen some big milestones this year in working with open source communities and in delivering an open cloud platform. From significantly increased engagement with open source developers to releasing Office for iPad and betting big on Hadoop for big data, we’re showing that openness is ingrained in our day-to-day approach to business and I’m excited about what’s still to come.
WPC is great opportunity for us to further illustrate how this spirit of openness translates into tangible opportunities for our partners. If you’re at the event, there are a few ways to connect with the Openness team:
If you’re not in D.C. this week, you can watch Monday's WPC keynote live online (5:45am PT/8:45am ET).
Be sure to check back on the blog this week, when we’ll be highlighting key Openness partners who are working with us to deliver innovative cloud solutions that incorporate open data, big data, and open source software.
Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy
Today Doug Mahugh, Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., announced the release of an Open XML SDK as an open source project through the MS Open Tech hub. Although the SDK has been available since 2007, this release includes full source code available under the Apache 2.0 license on GitHub, as well as the project will continue to grow under the stewardship of the .NET Foundation.
This is a significant Open XML release that enables more developers to build applications that use the Open XML standard and also a milestone for a growing and developing Open XML ecosystem.
In addition to today’s announcement, the Open XML conceptual content for developers is available on GitHub, as well as an Open XML Package Editor for Visual Studio was open sourced recently.
Posted by Openness Team
One of the most popular movie and TV streaming services in the United Kingdom, blinkbox delivers dynamic content to more than a million monthly users, across their favorite devices. The company needed a way to meet enormous demands for compute power and storage, to transcode video files for an ever-increasing number of formats and resolutions.
blinkbox decided to begin migrating its entire video encoding and streaming workflow from their datacenter to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of huge costs savings and quickly scale IT infrastructure on demand. They’ve also been impressed with support for a broad set of platforms and tools, which run various operating systems and in different environments.
“A fantastic part of Microsoft Azure is that is broadly platform agnostic, there’s loads of Linux support, and it doesn’t treat Linux like a second-class citizen,” said Jon Robinson, Group IT Manager at blinkbox. “This allows us to run our breadth of tools across the platform without any concerns about reliability or downtime.”
Head over to the Windows Azure blog for the complete Q&A with Jon or learn more by checking out the below video.