It’s Here! Office for iPad

Posted by Openness Team Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad – shiny touch-friendly apps that you can download for Word, Excel and PowerPoint from the App Store. The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. …

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Techies of the ‘80s Rejoice: Microsoft Releases Source Code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows

Posted by Openness Team Yesterday, with the help of the Computer History Museum, Microsoft made the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public for the first time, helping future generations of technologists better understand the roots of personal computing. For the tech savvy of the eighties, the…

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Name Change for Windows Azure

Posted by Openness Team Today Microsoft announced that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. Our commitment…

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

Posted by Tara GrummSenior 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…

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Available Today: Windows Azure HDInsight with Hadoop 2.2

Posted by Openness Team Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight with support for Hadoop 2.2. HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Azure. It allows customers to dynamically provision Hadoop clusters to process data, revealing new insights and supporting better decision making. To learn more about how customers…

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Creating a More Open Web: OASIS Releases OData v4.0

Posted by Openness Team There is a vast amount of data available today that is being collected and stored at an unprecedented rate. Market demand is growing for easy use of this data across multiple platforms and devices, increasing the pressure to create a more open and transparent Web through standardized approaches to accessing and…

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Two Days until EclipseCon!

Posted by Openness Team In two days, Eclipse enthusiasts will descend on EclipseCon North America to learn, share, and collaborate on the latest ideas and innovations from Eclipse and its member companies. Eclipse is a community focused on working together on commercially-friendly open source software. Its projects are focused on building an open development platform…

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Openness is the Change We Need

Posted by Hans BerndlMicrosoft Austria, Platform Strategy Lead Our customers deserve the best of both worlds: choice and quality. Today, many enterprises and governments run open source and Microsoft technologies side by side. Rather than replace one technology with another, many customers find that a perfect blend of solutions is best. Our openness is a prerequisite to…

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How Governments Can Overcome Open Data Challenges

Posted by Openness Team According to a recent McKinsey and Company report, open data’s economic value is an astounding $3 to 5 trillion annually. The world’s citizens have the most to gain through higher-quality, more affordable consumer products and services, but this potential can’t be realized without governments, which must lead the way in developing…

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Socrata Releases Open Data Connector for Microsoft Office 365

Posted by Openness Team If you’re a Microsoft Excel fan who is hoping to use familiar technologies to meet the open data mandate, you should check out the just released Socrata Open Data Connector for Microsoft Office 365. By adding support for the Open Data Protocol (OData), an open standard for accessing data over the…

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