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  • Blog Post: VM Depot Crosses Another Milestone

    In January of last year, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) launched VM Depot - a community-managed repository of open source virtual machine images for deployment on Microsoft Azure. The vision we articulated for this repository is that it be a place where "the community can build, deploy...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial: Finding Virtual Machine Images for Windows Azure in VM Depot

    For users of VM Depot, our repository of community managed Virtual Machines for Azure, we have added significant enhancements to the search feature of the website. With this expanded search capability, it is now easier than ever to find an open source, Linux-based, virtual machine for Windows Azure....
  • Blog Post: Using Chef to Manage Windows Azure Resources

    Chef is an open source DevOps tool built to address hard IT infrastructure challenges. The team at Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has been hard at work collaborating with Chef the company to enhance Windows Azure resource management capabilities. The latest knife-azure release (v1.2...
  • Blog Post: Vagrant and Hyper-V Provides Managed DevOps Work Environments

    MS Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has released code for Vagrant that brings initial Hyper-V support to this very popular DevOps tool. Vagrant managed work environments can be controlled by a single, consistent workflow, to help you maximize the productivity and flexibility of your team. Alongside...
  • Blog Post: MS Open Tech releases updated Azure Node.JS SDK and Command Line Tools for Mac and Linux

    More news for our Linux friends deploying virtual machines to the cloud. Today at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech), we’d like to share an update to the Node SDK and Command Line tool for Mac and Linux, offering support for virtual networks, endpoints and more. This tool helps developers...
  • Blog Post: Lowering the barrier of entry to the cloud: announcing the first release of Actor Framework from MS Open Tech (Act I)

    From: Erik Meijer, Partner Architect, Microsoft Corp. Claudio Caldato, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.   There is much more to cloud computing than running isolated virtual machines, yet writing distributed systems is still too hard. Today we are making progress...
  • Blog Post: MS Open Tech Open Sources Rx (Reactive Extensions) – a Cure for Asynchronous Data Streams in Cloud Programming

    From: Erik Meijer, Architect, Microsoft Corp. Claudio Caldato, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Updated with a quote from Ferranti Computer Systems NV Updated: added quotes from Netflix and BlueMountain Capital Management If you are a developer that writes asynchronous code for...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform: Technical Examples

    Two years ago we shared our view on Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform . Back then we talked to customers and developers and came out with an overview of an open and interoperable cloud, based on four distinct elements: Data Portability , Standards , Ease of Migration and Deployment , and...
  • Blog Post: Using the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure

    If you need a highly scalable data layer for your cloud service or application running on Windows Azure, the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure may be a great fit. This service, which was announced in preview mode in June and is now in beta, delivers Cloudant’s “database as a service” offering on...
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Plugin for Java Developers on Windows Azure

    I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java (by Microsoft Open Technologies), June 2012 CTP . This has been the most ambitious and technically complex update we’ve had, focusing on improving the ease of creating projects, deploying apps to...
  • Blog Post: Gigaspaces Working with MS Open Tech on Java Tools for Windows Azure

    We’re pleased to announce that GigaSpaces Technologies Ltd , an established leader in helping enterprises move their Java applications to the cloud, has joined Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. and Persistent Systems Ltd. in the the development work behind the latest version of the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: SAG Awards Drupal Website Moves to Windows Azure

    The success of the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony was buoyed by the move of its Drupal-based website hosted on internal Linux servers to one hosted on Windows Azure . The SAG Awards site is a highly visible, high-traffic website running on Drupal. Hosting it on Azure provides a scalable...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Node Summit

    We are excited to be attending and participating at Node Summit in San Francisco this week. Among those Microsoft staffers on site are Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie - who participated on a panel about Platform as a Service this morning and also gave a keynote address -...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Libraries for Java Available, including support for Service Bus

    Good news for all you Java developers out there: I am happy to share with you the availability of Windows Azure libraries for Java that provide Java-based access to the functionality exposed via the REST API in Windows Azure Service Bus . You can download the Windows Azure libraries for Java from...
  • Blog Post: Open Source OData Library for Objective-C Project Moves to Outercurve Foundation

    As Microsoft continues to deliver on its commitment to Interoperability, I have good news on the Open Source Software front: today, the OData Library for Objective-C project was submitted to the Outercurve Foundation’s Data, Languages, and Systems Interoperability gallery. This means that OData4ObjC...
  • Blog Post: Azure + Java = Cloud Interop: New Channel 9 Video with GigaSpaces Posted

    Today Microsoft is hosting the Learn Windows Azure broadcast event to demonstrate how easy it is for developers to get started with Windows Azure. Senior Microsoft executives like Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, Mark Russinovich and others will show how easy it is to build scalable cloud applications using...
  • Blog Post: W3Conf: Get up to Speed on the Modern Open Web Platform

    Are you a Web developer, designer or just interested in the space? Well, if you are, you really don’t want to miss W3Conf . W3Conf is the W3C 's first ever 2-day conference for developers and designers, and is uniquely focused on cutting edge technologies that work today across browsers. ...
  • Blog Post: Site Ready WebSockets

    Today the Internet Explorer blog has a post on site ready Web Sockets, which talks about how WebSockets technology has made significant progress over the last nine months and how the Web gets richer and developers are more creative when sites and services can communicate and send notifications in real...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft @ OSCON 2011: We have become more open, let’s work together!

    Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft’s Senior Director for Open Source Communities, just finished delivering his keynote at OSCON in Portland . As Gianugo is now wandering around the OSCON session and expo floor, I thought it would we useful to give you a quick recap of what he just presented. During...
  • Blog Post: Neo4j, the open source Java graph database, and Windows Azure

    Recently I was travelling in Europe. I alwasy find it a pleasure to see a mixture of varied things nicely co-mingling together. Old and new, design and technology, function and form all blend so well together and there is no better place to see this than in Malmö Sweden at the offices of Diversify Inc...
  • Blog Post: 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....
  • Blog Post: Microsoft + Joomla at J and Beyond 2011, Trip & Videos

    On May 6-8, 2011 we took part in a major Joomla! event, J and Beyond , that took place in Rolduc Abbey in the Netherlands. It was indeed an exciting opportunity to connect with the community and in an extraordinary venue. Not only was it a medieval spiritual place for worship but it was also a school...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Interoperability at EclipseCon 2011

    I've just returned from EclipseCon 2011 , in wet and less than usually sunny Santa Clara California, and it's been definitely a jam packed and busy event with a lot of things going on. Interoperability @ Microsoft was a Bronze Sponsor for the event and we also had a session, "Open in the Cloud:- Building...
  • Blog Post: Quicksteps to get started with PHP on Windows Azure

    The weather in the northern hemisphere is still a little nippy, and if you're like me, you're spending a lot of time indoors with family and friends enjoying the holiday season. If you're spending some of your time catching up and learning new things in the wonderful world of cloud computing, we have...
  • Blog Post: Open in the Cloud: Improving the Java Developer Experience on Windows Azure Platform

    As Microsoft continues to deliver on improving the Java developer experience on Windows Azure, I am happy to tell you that today, at the Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 10) held here in Redmond, we are announcing a new set of tools based on Eclipse and updated client libraries (SDK) for...
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