Open dialogue about standards, open source, and interoperability at Microsoft


  • How the Internet of Things is Helping ‘Smart Cities’ Improve Public Transportation

    Posted by Parul Bhandari
    Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector

    Living in a connected world is something many have grown accustom to, even dependent upon for productivity. However, just like email on our phones ten years ago seemed novel, we’re now looking at many more experiences that can be enhanced through an online link. Otherwise known as the “Internet of Your Things,” connectivity is quickly evolving from basic convenience to innovative opportunities for saving money, gaining new insights, and optimizing experiences.

    One great example is public transportation. We’re working with telent and CGI to help the London Underground modernize the systems that securely monitor, manage and automate its “things,” everything from escalators, lifts and HVAC controls to closed-circuit video and communication systems.

  • 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.

  • Solve the Big Data Problems of the Future: Join Microsoft Research’s Naiad Project

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    In this decade we will collect more scientific data than we’ve collected in human history. Soon it will be impossible to do any kind of analysis without access to powerful computational tools, which can make sense of the flood of data coming from sources like satellites, internet-connected sensors, and massive computer simulations.

    Michael Isard, Derek Murray, and Frank McSherry of Microsoft Research are trying to address the data deluge with Naiad, an open source .NET-based platform for high-throughput, low-latency data analysis, including tools built atop Microsoft Azure to deliver interactive analyses of huge data sets.

    We recently caught up with the team to get their perspectives on how Naiad can solve emerging big data problems and how interested programmers and analysts can get involved in this open source project.

  • Kinect: The Openness of an Invisible Technology

    Posted by Colette Stallbaumer
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    A recent Computer World story described how Microsoft has evolved to discover the virtues of openness. The article touched on one of my favorite examples of openness: Kinect. You may know how Kinect has captivated millions with its “invisible technology”, a term Stephen Spielberg and others used to describe how Kinect makes interactive entertainment accessible to everyone. No controllers. No remotes. No barriers between you and the technology. However, you may not know the path it has traveled. With support of an engaged community of platform enthusiasts, the device originally meant to revolutionize entertainment quickly evolved well beyond games to spark business innovations worldwide.

  • Announcing a New SUSE-Microsoft Collaboration on Cloud Technologies

    Posted by Alfonso Castro
    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group

    SUSEToday is a step forward in the collaboration we started more than six years ago with SUSE. As part of Microsoft’s sponsorship of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco, I am thrilled to announce that SUSE and Microsoft will extend their existing work in connecting Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V with SUSE Cloud

    With more than 1,000 customers benefitting from our joint efforts, Microsoft and SUSE are helping enterprises move forward by providing choice and delivering significant value to our mutual customers. For several years now, Microsoft and SUSE have worked side-by-side to deliver unified solutions, integrated tools, and first-class support for mixed Windows and Linux environments, supporting interoperability from the datacenter to the cloud.