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  • How Openness Translates into Opportunities for Microsoft Partners

    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:

    • Stop by our booth in the Microsoft Central area of the One Microsoft Expo (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).
    • Refresh at our Openness Happy Hour with surprise musical guest, also in the Microsoft Central area of the One Microsoft Expo (Tuesday at 4:30pm to 5:30pm).
    • Participate in my one-hour “Microsoft Open Source Software Strategy and Partner Opportunities” sessions at Convention Center room 145B (Monday at 1pm; Tuesday at 9am; Wednesday at 4pm).

    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.

  • Expanded Support for Linux Running on the IBM Mainframe

    Posted by Michael Kelley Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center NiCE , a Germany-based Microsoft partner, recently released a management pack for Linux running on IBM System z, further expanding Linux operating system support...
  • Open Source World Summit in Beijing: Developing a Thriving OSS Ecosystem in China

    Posted by Cindy Dong Microsoft China The 9th annual Open Source China Open Source World Summit concluded in Beijing on Saturday. The two-day event kicked off on Friday and brought together major open source software (OSS) organizations, including the...
  • Open XML SDK: Released Today as an Open Source Project

    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.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: blinkbox Saving Millions with Microsoft Cloud

    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.