Web Sandbox Source Now Available Under Apache License 2.0

by Peter Galli on January 26, 2009 08:48pm Microsoft has released more source code under an OSI-approved license: this time it has made the source code for the Web Sandbox runtime available under the Apache 2.0  open source license. The Web Sandbox project explores how to advance the web platform to improve security, isolation, quality…


CodePlex: A Year in Review

by Peter Galli on January 26, 2009 06:52pm CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project hosting Web site, has grown by leaps and bounds over the past calendar year. Visits to the Website more than doubled to top 19-million in 2008, while new registered users were up more than 70 percent to over 66,000 and the number…


Update: Stonehenge Incubation Project

by Peter Galli on January 19, 2009 02:00pm As Microsoft continues the drive for interoperability between different implementations on various platforms, the Interoperability Technical Strategy Team is, for the first time, participating as a code contributor to an Apache project: the Stonehenge incubator project. Microsoft first talked about Stonehenge at ApacheCon 2008,  which was held…


What’s Microsoft up to with PHP?

by Peter Galli on January 06, 2009 06:18pm Over the past year, Microsoft has stepped up its participation in initiatives supporting Free and Open Source Software projects like Apache, Samba, and PHP.   The company has also been working more closely with the PHP community, sponsoring PHP events and contributing code in the form of…


Oxite: an Open Source Content Management Platform

by Peter Galli on December 09, 2008 01:40pm I’m on the road with Robert Duffner, our Senior Director of Platform Strategy, talking to tech press in New York, Boston and San Francisco this week. So, imagine my surprise when top Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley ran an article about a new open source content system…


A New Appreciation for Open Source in India – and Our Role in it.

by anandeep on November 29, 2008 05:55pm As I stated in my last blog,  I am attending the premier Indian Open Source conference, FOSS.IN, in Bangalore.   This conference had some very technical talks (which I will also blog about) but, like any other Open source conference, it was the people who were the most interesting….


Open Government Collaboratives

by Bryan Kirschner on October 28, 2008 01:33pm The city of Matsue, Japan is using Ruby to promote regional economic development. One of the unexpected highlights of the recent GOSCON, was a gentleman from Matsue coming up to me after I had given my talk about open source and Microsoft and saying "I am using…


Microsoft at AJAXWorld

by Peter Galli on October 20, 2008 05:05pm The AJAXWorld Conference and Expo  got underway in San Jose today, under the broad theme of "Rich Web Technologies for Enterprise Web 2.0 & Social Web." Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president at Microsoft, delivered the keynote address today, while Brad Abrams, the Product Unit Manager for…


An interview with Codeplex’s Sara Ford

by Sam Ramji on October 16, 2008 04:20pm It has been a month or so since the Codeplex announcement of server support for SVNBridge, which enables TortoiseSVN to talk to Team Foundation Server, and the team is looking for feedback now this has been out for a while. I also recently interviewed Codeplex’s Sara Ford…


Powerset team resumes HBase contributions

  by Bryan Kirschner on October 14, 2008 06:57pm It is just two months since Microsoft finalized the acquisition of Powerset, a San Francisco-based search and natural language company. Powerset’s goals are to “change the way humans interact with computers through language”- improving search by indexing Web pages based on the meaning expressed in them…