Using LucidWorks on Windows Azure (Part 1 of a multi-part MS Open Tech series)

LucidWorks Search on Windows Azure delivers a high-performance search service based on Apache Lucene/Solr open source indexing and search technology. This service enables quick and easy provisioning of Lucene/Solr search functionality on Windows Azure without any need to manage and operate Lucene/Solr servers, and it supports pre-built connectors for various types of enterprise data, structured…


Sharing proposals for negotiation and flow control for HTTP/2.0 at IETF 85

From: Gabriel Montenegro Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation Brian Raymor Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Rob Trace Senior Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation   We just returned from the IETF 85 meeting in Atlanta, where the HTTPbis working group held face to face meetings to begin work on HTTP/2.0. As outlined in…


OData at Information on Demand 2012

I attended IBM’s Information on Demand conference two weeks ago, where I had the opportunity to talk to people about OData (Open Data Protocol). Microsoft and IBM are collaborating on the development of the OData standard in the OASIS OData Technical Committee, and for this conference we were demonstrating a simple OData feed on a…


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 composite applications in the cloud, you know what we are talking about,…

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Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) 1.0 approved as an OASIS Standard

We are very excited to share the news that AMQP 1.0 was approved as an OASIS Standard on October 29, 2012. AMQP 1.0 libraries are available for a variety of languages and platforms. The interest amongst users is growing. Support for AMQP 1.0 is anticipated in various message-oriented middleware implementations. AMQP 1.0 is the protocol…


Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java – November 2012 Preview

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a major update to our Eclipse tooling, the “Windows Azure Toolkit for Eclipse, November 2012 Preview (version 1.8.0)”. This release accompanies the release of the Windows Azure SDK v1.8, as well as the AMQP 1.0 messaging protocol support in Windows Azure Service Bus, and exposes a number of…


More HTTP/2.0 Prototyping: a Suggested Approach to the Protocol Upgrade

The activities of IETF’s HTTPbis working group continue next week at IETF 85 in Atlanta, marking another step in the path of HTTP/2.0 to Proposed Standard. Fruitful discussions are happening on many facets of the specification, filling the gaps wherever no obvious consensus had yet emerged or the initial draft did not clearly specify a…


//build/ today with open source frameworks on Windows Phone 8

Added support for Windows Phone 8 in Apache Cordova, Sencha Touch, Cocos2D, Ogre3D and other open source frameworks. The cool news for developers keeps on rolling at //build/ 2012. We’re thrilled to relay the announcements from a broad range of open source communities that their support for Windows Phone 8 goes live on “Day 1”…

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Simplifying Big Data Interop – Apache Hadoop on Windows Server & Windows Azure

As a proud member of the Apache Software Foundation, it’s always great to see the growth and adoption of Apache community projects. The Apache Hadoop project is a prime example. Last year I blogged about how Microsoft was engaging with this vibrant community, Microsoft, Hadoop and Big Data. Today, I’m pleased to relay the news…


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 Developer Choice. Since then, we have been…