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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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 Customer Spotlight: Italy's Lombardia Region Uses Open Data to Build for the Future

Posted by Parul Bhandari Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector Long recognized as an epicenter for business, technology, and cultural treasures, the Lombardia region in northern Italy has more recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement. Lombardia launched its open data site, dati.lombardia.it, powered by the Socrata Open Data…

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Microsoft TechDays 2014 Showcases Work with Open Source Technologies

Posted by Frederic AatzDirector of Interoperability, Microsoft France Microsoft TechDays 2014, the largest annual tech event in France dedicated to developers, IT professionals and business leaders, recently brought together 19,000 attendees with 60,000 online participants for three packed days of sessions. This year open source technologies were at the heart of the event, with several…

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Catch the Peace Train: “Make Web Not War” Rolls On with Next Open Data Hackathon

Posted by Keith Loo Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada Last weekend’s Open Data Day Toronto 2014 (aka ODDTO14) brought together more than 300 public servants, community activists, and technology professionals to encourage government transparency and adoption of open data policies as part of International Open Data Day. The takeaway was clear – we have real…

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Making Big Data Work for All

Posted by Openness Team Big week for big data. Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, and that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight, our cloud-based Hadoop service.   These are the latest examples of how Microsoft is striving to put the power of…

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Openness Customer Spotlight: Software Development Company Launches Secure Mobile Banking App with Windows Azure

Posted by Heriyadi JanwarMicrosoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager The combination of high cell-phone usage and low desktop internet penetration in Indonesia is fostering a vibrant market for mobile applications. In 2013, software-development company Sangkuriang Internasional targeted this opportunity in mobile banking, creating EMASS (Encrypted Messaging and Secured Services), a secure instant messaging service that allows…

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Now Available: Open Source Windows Azure Active Directory Libraries for iOS and Android

Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy The gift-giving started early this week for developers looking to add Windows Azure Active Directory’s enterprise-level identity features to their applications and services, as MS Open Tech released alpha versions of new iOS and Android open source libraries.   Now developers can authenticate users of cloud and…

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First InterOpConf Brings Open Source Communities and Microsoft Together in Central Europe

Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Earlier this month, I participated in the first InterOpConf event, which highlighted solutions resulting from work between open source communities and Microsoft, showing how even competing technologies can work together to deliver value for enterprise customers. 65 members from open source communities within Poland and across Europe…

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Node Windows Hackathon: Improving the Node Experience on Windows

Posted by Amy GreenDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations Recently the Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. team hosted the first Node Windows Hackathon, bringing together Node.js developers to learn about new tools and work together on innovative scenarios and features.   “Our goal for the hackathon was simply to begin fostering a community of Node developers we…

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