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


  • 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.

  • Open Door Policy: S. Somasegar Discusses the Great Value of Microsoft and Open Source Ecosystems Working Together

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

     S. Somasegar is Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft and responsible for developer tools and services, including the programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, the Visual Studio line of products and services, the .NET Framework, and MSDN. In addition, Somasegar is also the executive sponsor for the Cloud and Enterprise business’s Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel.

    He took a break from his many developer-related duties to share his perspectives on openness at Microsoft, including how the spirit of openness is helping us “think bigger.”

  • 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.

  • SmartGlass Extends Xbox Entertainment to Your Favorite Devices

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    How often do you use one device while in arm’s reach of another? All the time, right? You’re in the middle of a web search on your tablet when you need to check a new email on your iPhone, or you’re texting on your Windows Phone while also working away on your PC.

    Here’s a concept: what if your favorite device in the office doubled as a next-generation remote control in your living room? Wouldn’t that be cool? If you said yes, check out Xbox SmartGlass, a free app that connects your Xbox 360 to the devices you already own to enhance your gaming and entertainment experiences across screens.


  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Software Development Company Launches Secure Mobile Banking App with Windows Azure

    Posted by Heriyadi Janwar
    Microsoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager

     The combination of high cell-phone usage and low desktop internet penetration in Indonesia is fostering a vibrant market for mobile applications. In 2013, software-development company Sangkuriang Internasional targeted this opportunity in mobile banking, creating EMASS (Encrypted Messaging and Secured Services), a secure instant messaging service that allows financial institutions to make payments via cell phones.

    To launch EMASS as a service, Sangkuriang needed a cost-effective way to host the EMASS backend systems for each mobile app.

    “We are a software-development company, not a service provider. We wanted a partner to host EMASS for us, but their service had to be reliable, easy to work with and affordable,” said Oka Sugandi, Director of Sangkuriang Internasional. “For financial institutions to trust us, it also had to be 100 percent secure.”

    Sangkuriang also needed to select a cloud service that worked well with the wide range of EMASS technologies, including Linux for core server messaging, and support multiple device platforms, including Windows, iOS, Blackberry, and Android.