Spotlight on Microsoft Research: Elevating Scientific Data into the Cloud with Windows Azure & OSS

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations The key to unlocking future predictions has generally always been some type of data. Today, with the ever-increasing storage and computational capabilities of the cloud, combined with the sheer number of devices available to help people harness information, scientists around the world are learning how to…


Microsoft and Windows Azure Head to….the Home of “Middle Earth!”

Posted by Thiago AlmeidaTechnical Evangelist, Microsoft New Zealand Spreading the good word about Openness at Microsoft (check out our updated website!) and Windows Azure can take us far and wide, but we didn’t expect to find ourselves in the middle of Middle Earth. Let me explain… Earlier this month, a few of us at Microsoft…


Open in the Cloud – Microsoft at OW2Con 2012

Posted by Frédéric Aatz Director of Interoperability, Microsoft France This was our second year at OW2Con in Paris, which is hosted by OW2, the open source community for infrastructure software. This was a great opportunity for us to get feedback from open source communities on the openness of our technologies and continue moving forward on…


Openness Partner Spotlight: Opscode Chef Cooks Up a Solution to Cloud Complexity

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations As enterprises have adopted virtualization and cloud computing over the past several years, we’ve seen rapid growth in the complexity of IT management. Opscode Chef addresses this dilemma through cloud infrastructure automation, an innovative way to easily deploy servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure….


Samba 4.0 Interoperability with Microsoft’s Active Directory

Posted by Darryl WelchPrincipal Program Manager, Windows Server Interoperability Engineering Team Yesterday the Samba Team released Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server, the first compatible Free Software implementation of Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols. Familiar to all network administrators, the Active Directory protocols are the heart of modern directory service implementations and Windows Server interoperability.  …


The New Office Now Available for Business Customers

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Business customers around the world can now purchase the on-premises versions of the new Office products – Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013. The new Office gives customers a comprehensive set of productivity tools to help…


PHP 5.4 Available in Windows Azure Web Sites

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Microsoft and its partners continue to work with the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure. Last week marked another milestone for improved PHP interoperability, with PHP 5.4 now available in Windows Azure Web Sites.   …


Connect to More Friends with Skype 4.1 for Linux

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations As Skype continues to grow in popularity, so does the number of ways that users can connect with friends new and old, regardless of what operating systems or devices they prefer. Last week’s Skype 4.1 for Linux release included several interoperability updates that help Linux-based Skype…


Lifting Mobile Apps Into the Cloud with Windows Azure Mobile Service

Posted by Kerry Godes Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations The proliferation of tablets and smartphones, especially as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) programs are established at companies worldwide, means that employees have the flexibility to work on projects wherever they choose – office, home, or in between. The evolution of the cloud is enabling…


Microsoft Pairs Up with LinuxCon Europe

Posted by Alfonso CastroDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group Microsoft takes part in a range of open source events and gatherings around the world as a way to facilitate face to face discussions with our open source colleagues and help create greater synergies that will ultimately bring real benefits to customers, no matter their…