Meet the team that is collaborating on open source projects at the MS Open Tech Hub

From Jean Paoli Since we launched Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) as a subsidiary, project ideas have poured into our team from inside and outside the company as we shipped many open source projects and participated in many open standards activities. After a few months of existence I want to provide you some…

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Announcing one more way Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities

In case you missed it, I just wanted to flag this blog from Jean Paoli: I am really excited to be able to share with you today that Microsoft has announced a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., to advance the company’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and…

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SQL Database Federations: Enhancing SQL to enable Data Sharding for Scalability in the Cloud

I am thrilled to announce the availability of a new specification called SQL Database Federations, which describes additional SQL capabilities that enable data sharding (horizontal partitioning of data) for scalability in the cloud. The specification has been released under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise. With these additional SQL capabilities, the database tier can provide built-in…

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Open Source Community Participation at Think Tank Paris and Open World Forum

I recently returned from Paris, where I attended both the annual Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum events. It was really great getting to chat with some of the folks representing the myriad of businesses that have sprung up around Open Source solutions, and having some in-depth discussions about broad industry trends. The Open…

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Community Participation

I’m heading off to Paris this weekend to participate in the annual Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum events held in that wonderful city next week. I’m really looking forward to chatting with all those folk interested in this space, from enthusiasts to developers and end users. I will be joined at these…

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Windows Azure Supports NIST Use Cases using Java

We’ve been participating in creating a roadmap for adoption of cloud computing throughout the federal government, with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) , an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the United States first federal physical science research laboratory. NIST is also known for publishing the often-quoted Definition of Cloud…

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Expanding Interoperability to Community Linux

Microsoft announced today that, with immediate effect, it will support Windows Server2008 R2 Hyper-V running CentOS, a popular Linux distribution for hosters. “This development enables our hosting partners to consolidate their mixed Windows and Linux infrastructure on Windows Server Hyper-V; reducing cost and complexity, while betting on an enterprise class virtualization platform. I want to thank…

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MIX11 Recap

In case you missed the great Open Source and related Interop news that came out of Microsoft’s annual MIX conference which was held in Las Vegas this week, here’s a recap. Scott Guthrie, a Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Developer Division, used his MIX keynote to discuss the company’s commitment to sponsoring open source projects,…

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.NET Rocks! Chats with Jean Paoli

For those of you who love .Net and have an interest in Web standards and Interoperability at Microsoft, then listening to the interview with Jean Paoli, the General Manager of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft, with .NET Rocks!,  is a must. .NET Rocks! is an internet audio talk show for those interested in developing on the .Net platform,…

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A Perspective on Openness

by Peter Galli on July 06, 2010 04:47pm   Late last week, Jean-Philippe Courtois, the President of Microsoft International, gave a talk titled “A Perspective on Openness” at the Universite du SI in Paris.   Jean-Philippe Courtois Courtois’ speech explored the various definitions of openness, and how “open” and “closed” technologies can effectively coexist. “In…

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