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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager – Worldwide Marketing and Operations
In the past, developers using HTML5, CSS and other open web technologies have consulted multiple sites for guidance on how to effectively use these technologies across the world of browsers, operating systems, and devices – a time consuming chore that drove increased development costs.
Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and others, announced a solution to this developer dilemma with the alpha release of Web Platform Docs.
Web Platform Docs is a new wiki-style community site designed to be a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. Web professionals can save time and resources by consulting the trustworthy repository for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including informative tutorials for existing and new technologies.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
A lot of news is coming out of the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week, including the announcement of a community technology preview that enables hosting service providers to use their Windows Server 2012 data centers to tap into recently announced Microsoft cloud services like Windows Azure Web Sites and Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
This preview allows hosting service providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment and deliver a consistent customer experience across cloud platforms. For example, hosting service providers who want to take advantage of System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 can now easily provision and manage Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. This flexible multi-tenant solution puts providers’ customers in control of how they grow their datacenter resources while lowering support costs.
Posted by Michael KelleyLead Program Manager, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center
Last week SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Cloud 2.0, an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private clouds. This release includes full support for Microsoft Hyper-V, helping customers set up mixed hypervisor private clouds that can be rapidly deployed and easily managed.
“Heterogeneous infrastructure is an enterprise IT fact of life, and Microsoft is committed to serving customers in mixed Windows and open source environments,” said Mike Schutz, Microsoft General Manager of Product Marketing. “Now, SUSE Cloud 2.0 support for compute nodes running Microsoft Hyper-V can help customers create private clouds that include multiple hypervisors, providing increased flexibility and workload optimization.”
Posted by Parul BhandariGovernment Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
History has demonstrated time and again that when available technology catches up to ideas, extraordinary things can happen. The combustion engine, the airplane, and the personal computer are just a few examples of this principle at work. Similarly, today’s public-sector organizations are able to credibly deliver on a promise that politicians and policy pros have long imagined: data-driven, outcome-oriented governance.
What’s Driving the Evolution of ‘Smarter’ Government?
What innovation is enabling this shift? Like their counterparts in the business community, government agencies are embracing technologies for analyzing Big Data to gain important insights. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to aggregate, synthesize, and report on data from across multiple systems. As a result, savvy leaders are quickly realizing the enormous value embedded in information that, until now, has languished in stand-alone spreadsheets.
Even in government circles, data-driven decision making is not an altogether new concept. Yet, it is only in the past few years that government agencies have transitioned from simply collecting data to systematically using it to inform decisions, cut fraud and waste, boost efficiency, and deliver more personalized citizen service. Increasing public demand for access to government information, shrinking administrative budgets, and the evolution of software tools for processing massive amounts of data have all played a role in this shift.
Posted by Colette StallbaumerDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Wired ran this story today on Microsoft’s internal thought processes and changes that have taken place over the last eight years on the journey with open source software. Cade Metz examines how Microsoft has been making steady progress on both fostering interoperability with open source and enabling open source on our platforms. This nicely sums up some of our latest efforts:
"From the outside looking in, it appears that Microsoft has indeed turned the corner. The company recently added two open source platforms to Windows Azure — its new-age web service for building and hosting applications on the net — and it’s actually contributing open source code to these projects — as well as others. These aren’t minor open source projects. They’re big name projects with huge followings: Node.js and Hadoop. This would not have happened in the past."
Read the full story here.