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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
In Brisbane this week, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) launched the Open Source Software Group and Virtual Lab at the university’s new Science and Engineering Center. This exciting venture will help students acquire critical technology skills and create software solutions for real-world problems.
The new lab will be a hub for emerging technologies, hackathons, open data projects in biology and healthcare, and global competitions like QUT’s Change the World series and the Microsoft Imagine Cup.
The new Science and Engineering Center (left) on the QUT campus
Microsoft Research supported the venture, alongside Microsoft Australia, Red Hat Asia Pacific, and Technology One, a Brisbane-based enterprise software company. Each of these key supporters see the value in working cooperatively on open source projects, understanding the model of community driven projects operating hand-in-hand with commercial services and products.
Posted by Derrick ConnellCorporate Vice President, Bing
Yesterday at WWDC, Apple announced iOS 7, which brings Bing web search integration to Siri, Apple's breakthrough personal assistant, for the first time.
Starting this fall with iOS 7, Bing will power Siri's new integrated web search. When users ask Siri a question either the specific answer or web search links will now be delivered automatically so users can find information even faster.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations
Shell’s energy and petrochemical operations span more than 80 countries, with more than 3,000 proprietary applications that support everything from exploration and production to manufacturing and distribution. To improve visibility and increase standardization across this global and highly complex enterprise, Shell created the Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT) division for its 1,000 developers around the world.
The TaCIT’s first task was to identify a standard development environment for its mixed IT environment to more efficiently support key workflows, including coding, reviews, testing, and change management. The solution needed to support a broad range of platforms and application types, as well as third-party testing tools and frameworks.
After in-depth research, Shell adopted Microsoft Team Foundation Server as its application lifecycle management solution for its projects worldwide to increase visibility for better decision-making, facilitate sharing of best practices among teams, and improve security processes.
“We looked at a lot of different products, but most only handle one piece of a development project and don’t work with other tools to provide an integrated process,” says Henk Middendorp, Software Engineering Architect, TaCIT at Shell. “Team Foundation Server handles everything from developing requirements to deployment, and is usable across Windows and Linux for desktop, server, web, and mobile projects.”
Open Door Policy is a series on the Openness blog that profiles industry thought leaders and individuals within Microsoft who are leading efforts to collaborate more openly, promoting interoperability and making it easier to develop and manage mixed IT environments.
Today there are nearly five billion people with access to television, billions of mobile phone users, and hundreds of millions around the globe using various satellite services – all generating massive amounts of data about usage and preferences.
How can the telecommunications industry keep pace with the unique challenges and opportunities presented by Big Data? We were fortunate to speak with Chaesub Lee, Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group, and a thought leader on how Big Data and industry standards play a role in the future of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Read on to learn more about Chaesub’s perspectives on Big Data, cloud computing, and the “smarter” devices of the future.
Posted by Michael BowmanProgram Manager, Office Engineering
Microsoft recognizes that enabling interoperability between products from different vendors is important, particularly with respect to email and calendaring functionality, as it helps our customers stay connected and organized across their favorite services and devices.
Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft Outlook 2013 support the following core and most commonly adopted email and calendaring standards: