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  • Microsoft Azure Offers Hadoop-as-a-service to China

    Posted by Openness Team Today Microsoft announced the availability of Azure HDInsight for all customers in China as a public preview, making it the first global cloud provider to have a cloud Hadoop offering publicly available in China. Azure HDInsight...
  • New Universal Mobile Keyboard Works with All Your Mobile Devices -- Windows, iOS and Android

    Posted by Openness Team

    Although tablets and smartphones have become extensions of our daily routines, typing on the small screens can be arduous at times. To resolve this productivity dilemma, Microsoft announced the Universal Mobile Keyboard for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets.

    To see it in action, including switching between device platforms, check out the brief video below.


    The Universal Mobile Keyboard will be generally available in October 2014 for the estimated retail price of $79.95 at the Microsoft Store and at various other retailers.

  • MineCraft to Join Microsoft

    Posted by Openness Team

    Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s ground breaking “Minecraft” franchise.

    minecraftAvailable across multiple platforms, “Minecraft” is one of the most popular video games in history. Fans have logged more than 2 billion hours on Xbox 360 in the past two years, and the game is the top paid app for iOS and Android in the US. Microsoft plans to continue supporting gamers across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

    “Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said CEO Satya Nadella. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

    For more on this news, check out Phil Spencer’s post on the Xbox Wire.

  • WordPress on Microsoft Azure Now More Scalable

    Posted by Openness Team

    This week’s Microsoft Azure update includes new features for Azure Websites, an enterprise-class cloud service for developing, testing, and running corporate websites, business applications, and digital marketing campaigns.

    WordPressIn addition to VPN support, Azure Websites introduced a scalable WordPress offering through the application gallery to help enterprises setup robust CMS backed sites. Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch covered how this release “makes scaling WordPress on Azure easier,” noting that almost a quarter of all sites on the web today run WordPress. 

    Users can now quickly spin up new sites that leverage Azure capabilities such as Azure Storage for media assets, curated WordPress plugins that are optimized for performance, and a scalable backend with Standard Websites instances and higher end MySQL SKUs.

    For more on this news and other enterprise updates, please check out the Microsoft Azure blog.

  • YouthSpark: Opening Up Opportunities for 227 Million Young People…and Counting

    Posted by Openness Team

    When Microsoft launched YouthSpark in 2012, the companywide initiative set out to create education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million young people over the course of three years.

    Two years into the effort, Microsoft YouthSpark has created opportunities for 227 million young people in more than 100 countries, working together with governments, businesses and more than 350 youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

    However, despite pockets of recovery in the global economy, worldwide unemployment continues to rise, particularly among youth between the ages of 15 and 24.

    Today the YouthSpark initiative outlined commitments to expand technology education and turn the tide of rising youth unemployment. Check out the Official Microsoft Blog to celebrate the success stories of the past two years (like Joshua Owadiae's inspirational story below) and learn about plans for the future.