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Today’s global online launch event showcased the general availability of Windows Server 2012. In his keynote and blog post, Satya Nadella, President of the Sever and Tools Business, describes how Windows Server 2012 delivers significant new advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation.
Windows Server 2012 has been reimagined to power a new world of continuous services and connected devices. It is a cornerstone of what we call a Cloud OS, which provides a consistent platform for infrastructure and applications across private, hosted, and public clouds. According to Satya, “Microsoft’s unique legacy in the most widely used operating systems, applications and cloud services positions us to deliver the Cloud OS, based on Windows Server and Windows Azure, helping customers achieve a datacenter without boundaries.”
For more on today’s news, check out the online launch experience, where you can engage with Microsoft and the community through on-demand sessions and participate in games and social media.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first arcade games – classics like Pong, Asteroids, and Missile Command – Atari partnered with Internet Explorer and Grant Skinner to create the new Atari Arcade that features eight classic games with more titles to come.
As a leading pioneer of this entertainment platform, Atari sold 30 million Atari 2600 consoles, quickly became the definitive gaming platform of its era, and inspired multiple video game franchises.
Guaranteed to spark nostalgia for enduring fans, the Atari Arcade is also intended to reach a new and broader audience of gamers and game developers via the web. The games were all built with HTML5 and multi-player capabilities that come to life with a new Windows 8 touch device and Internet Explorer 10. They also work great in IE9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.
Hear from Atari’s Founder Nolan Bushnell and the team on how the project came together in this video:
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.