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  • Blog Post: A Perspective on Openness

    by Peter Galli on July 06, 2010 04:47pm Late last week, Jean-Philippe Courtois, the President of Microsoft International, gave a talk titled "A Perspective on Openness" at the Universite du SI in Paris. Jean-Philippe Courtois Courtois' speech explored the various definitions of openness...
  • Blog Post: SQL Database Federations: Enhancing SQL to enable Data Sharding for Scalability in the Cloud

    I am thrilled to announce the availability of a new specification called SQL Database Federations , which describes additional SQL capabilities that enable data sharding (horizontal partitioning of data) for scalability in the cloud. The specification has been released under the Microsoft Open Specification...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Interoperability to Community Linux

    Microsoft announced today that, with immediate effect, it will support Windows Server2008 R2 Hyper-V running CentOS, a popular Linux distribution for hosters. "This development enables our hosting partners to consolidate their mixed Windows and Linux infrastructure on Windows Server Hyper-V; reducing...
  • Blog Post: Edmonton Using Microsoft's Open Government Data Initiative Solution

    by Peter Galli on January 14, 2010 01:16pm The Canadian City of Edmonton has become the first North American city to use Microsoft's Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) solution, and is working with the company to develop the region's first public open data catalogue , an online site that will give...
  • Blog Post: Announcing one more way Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities

    In case you missed it, I just wanted to flag this blog from Jean Paoli: I am really excited to be able to share with you today that Microsoft has announced a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., to advance the company’s investment in openness – including...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Chats with Jean Paoli

    For those of you who love .Net and have an interest in Web standards and Interoperability at Microsoft, then listening to the interview with Jean Paoli, the General Manager of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft, with .NET Rocks!, is a must. .NET Rocks! is an internet audio talk show for those...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Embraces the Activity Streams Open Standard

    by Peter Galli on September 04, 2009 11:52am More good news with regard to Microsoft's embrace of open standards, this time out of the Windows Live group. The Windows Live team is using a developing open standard called Activity Streams - an extension to the Atom feed format - which kicks in when users...
  • Blog Post: Community Participation

    I'm heading off to Paris this weekend to participate in the annual Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum events held in that wonderful city next week. I'm really looking forward to chatting with all those folk interested in this space, from enthusiasts to developers and end users. I will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Supports NIST Use Cases using Java

    We've been participating in creating a roadmap for adoption of cloud computing throughout the federal government, with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) , an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce , and the United States first federal physical science research laboratory....
  • Blog Post: Managing Towards Open

    by Sam Ramji on April 29, 2008 05:59pm I have the privilege of interacting almost every day with technical and business experts who are creating the future of software—including both core engineering teams at Microsoft and thought leaders across a broad spectrum of open source communities. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Community Participation at Think Tank Paris and Open World Forum

    I recently returned from Paris, where I attended both the annual Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum events. It was really great getting to chat with some of the folks representing the myriad of businesses that have sprung up around Open Source solutions, and having some in-depth discussions...
  • Blog Post: Open Government Collaboratives

    by Bryan Kirschner on October 28, 2008 01:33pm The city of Matsue, Japan is using Ruby to promote regional economic development . One of the unexpected highlights of the recent GOSCON , was a gentleman from Matsue coming up to me after I had given my talk about open source and Microsoft and saying "I...
  • Blog Post: MIX11 Recap

    In case you missed the great Open Source and related Interop news that came out of Microsoft's annual MIX conference which was held in Las Vegas this week, here's a recap. Scott Guthrie, a Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Developer Division, used his MIX keynote to discuss the company's commitment...
  • Blog Post: Meet the team that is collaborating on open source projects at the MS Open Tech Hub

    From Jean Paoli Since we launched Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) as a subsidiary , project ideas have poured into our team from inside and outside the company as we shipped many open source projects and participated in many open standards activities. After a few months of existence...