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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Microsoft Contributes Cloud Server Designs to the Open Compute Project, Pushes Data Center Efficiency Forward

Posted by Openness Team Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit, Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Cloud and Enterprise Corporate Vice President, took the stage in front of 3,000 attendees to announce Microsoft’s participation in the community, which is focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing through open collaboration. Laing also…

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Just Announced: Next Wave of Enterprise Cloud Products and Services

Posted by Amy GreenDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Yesterday, Microsoft announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies realize the benefits of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges. Complementing Office 365 and other services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft’s enterprise cloud strategy, connecting IT and data infrastructure, application…

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Open Door Policy: Big Data at the Crossroads of IT and Telecommunications – Perspectives from Chaesub Lee

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations 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…

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Your Complete Office in the Cloud: Office 365 for Business Available Today

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Today Microsoft announced our latest release of Microsoft Office 365 for business. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud…

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Openness Partner Spotlight: OpenLogic Brings CentOS into the Cloud with Windows Azure

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Microsoft is dedicated to ensuring that our software, services, and devices work easily across our platforms, especially with the global shift in IT toward the Cloud. With this in mind, we continue to work with other technology companies, both commercial and open source, to streamline interoperability…

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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…

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Openness Partner Spotlight: Canonical Brings Ubuntu to Windows Azure

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Cloud computing plays a significant role in helping our customers achieve better business agility, economics, and user experiences. We also know that for today’s CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity to rethink the role IT plays in defining an organization’s strategy. In order for…

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Publish Open Source Apps and Cloud-Based Sites with WebMatrix V2

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager – Worldwide Marketing and Operations WebMatrix V2 was released to web earlier this month, including support for popular open source apps and the ability to publish your site to the Cloud using Windows Azure Web Sites. WebMatrix is a free and open web development tool optimized for the Cloud. It allows…

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Microsoft Office 2013 Embraces Apps

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Love using apps on your smart phone? Wish you could use them on your PC or tablet? The Microsoft Office team has granted your wish. With the recent launch of their Customer Preview, the Office team announced that developers can now build a new class of apps…

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