Open Source World Summit in Beijing: Developing a Thriving OSS Ecosystem in China

Posted by Cindy DongMicrosoft China The 9th annual Open Source China Open Source World Summit concluded in Beijing on Saturday. The two-day event kicked off on Friday and brought together major open source software (OSS) organizations, including the Linux Foundation, Open Source Initiative, and Apache Software Foundation, to focus on this year’s theme: Mobile, Smart,…

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Open XML SDK: Released Today as an Open Source Project

Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Today Doug Mahugh, Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., announced the release of an Open XML SDK as an open source project through the MS Open Tech hub. Although the SDK has been available since 2007, this release includes full source code available under the…

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Openness Customer Spotlight: blinkbox Saving Millions with Microsoft Cloud

Posted by Openness Team One of the most popular movie and TV streaming services in the United Kingdom, blinkbox delivers dynamic content to more than a million monthly users, across their favorite devices. The company needed a way to meet enormous demands for compute power and storage, to transcode video files for an ever-increasing number…

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Ready to Download: Skype 5.0 for iPhone

Posted by Openness Team Last week Microsoft released Skype 5.0 for iPhone, redesigned to provide a smoother and more integrated experience. Just like the redesigned Skype for Android app, the Skype team took the opportunity to rewrite this new version from the ground up and customize it to fit iOS best. This release puts conversations…

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Does it Work? Try Plugging It In

Posted by Openness Team Next week representatives from about 30 companies, including Apple, Oracle, and Google, will gather on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus for a five-day Interoperability Plugfest. Hosted by Microsoft Interoperability teams, this event provides free, hands-on help to developers and quality assurance engineers who want to test Windows and Office products and make them…

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How the Internet of Things is Helping ‘Smart Cities’ Improve Public Transportation

Posted by Parul BhandariGovernment Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector Living in a connected world is something many have grown accustom to, even dependent upon for productivity. However, just like email on our phones ten years ago seemed novel, we’re now looking at many more experiences that can be enhanced through an online link. Otherwise…

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Azure HDInsight Release: Big Data, Big Performance, Big Bet on Hadoop

Posted by Openness Team Yesterday at the Hadoop Summit, Microsoft announced Azure HDInsight’s support for Hadoop 2.4. This is the next release of our 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Microsoft Azure and it provides order magnitude (up to 100x) performance improvements to query response times and continues to leverage the benefits of YARN. Hadoop…

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Openness Partner Spotlight: COPA-DATA on Innovating with the ‘Internet of Things’

Posted by Parul BhandariGovernment Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public The “Internet of Things” is one of biggest buzz words of 2014, and the year isn’t half over. Today, automating the connection between many data sources and IT is more important than ever, and COPA-DATA knows this better than most. COPA-DATA, a Microsoft Partner Network member…

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