YouthSpark: Opening Up Opportunities for 227 Million Young People…and Counting

Posted by Openness Team When Microsoft launched YouthSpark in 2012, the companywide initiative set out to create education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million young people over the course of three years. Two years into the effort, Microsoft YouthSpark has created opportunities for 227 million young people in more than 100 countries, working together…

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Summer School in Turkey: Where Top University Students Spent a Month with Microsoft

Posted by Openness Team For more than two years, Microsoft Turkey has been running a program called Open Academy (Açik Akademi) with the goal of providing valuable online training for anyone interested in developing mobile applications, regardless of their current skill level. Open Academy has various levels of online classes, from beginners to advance, and…

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12,427 Miles on a Motorcycle: Make Web Not War Announces Open Government Tour

Posted by Openness Team This summer, Richard Pietro, a member of the Make Web Not War Community (MWNW), is hitting the road for a 90-day motorcycle trek across Canada to raise civic awareness and engagement through an Open Government Tour. “Make Web Not War has always had the goal of building an open data super…

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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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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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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…

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Microsoft at DrupalCon Munich

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations As part of ongoing collaborations with Drupal, Microsoft is participating in this week’s DrupalCon in Munich. After partnering closely with the Drupal community to make Drupal available on Windows, tomorrow’s sessions will highlight ongoing work with open source communities and Drupal developers, including how to quickly…

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Open in the Cloud: Meet Windows Azure

Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations In the cloud, openness is paramount for our customers. Microsoft is committed to giving customers the ability to transition to the cloud on their terms, navigating the path to cloud computing with a unique combination of technology, expertise, and an unrivaled ecosystem of partners.  Today is…

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Windows Server Hyper-V drivers now supported in Ubuntu

Posted by Geoff SullivanManaging Sales Director, Open Solutions Group As you may have heard, the recently released Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been engineered with the drivers needed to run on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. We are pleased to support customers running Ubuntu on Hyper-V in their virtualized and cloud infrastructure. We’ve heard particular interest…

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