Interoperability Goodness at TechEd 2012

I know there was a flurry of news at the recent TechEd 2012 conference in Orlando, so I wanted to point you to a piece of Interoperability goodness that might have gone unnoticed in the mix: the release of the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) OVF Export/Importtool. I recently chatted with my…

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New Interoperability Solutions for SQL Server 2012

I am excited to share some great news about how we are opening up the SQL Server data platform even further with expanded interoperability support through new tools that allow customers to modernize their infrastructure while maximizing existing investments and extending virtually any data anywhere. The SQL Server team today introduced several tools that enable…

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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 – and Gianugo Rabellino, the Senior…

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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 GitHub. This is an early…

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Openness Update for Windows Azure

As Microsoft’s Senior Director of Open Source Communities, I couldn’t be happier to share with you today an update on a wide range of Open Source developments on Windows Azure. As we continue to provide incremental improvements to Windows Azure, we remain committed to working with developer communities. We’ve spent a lot of time listening,…


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. It is being held in Redmond, Washington…

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AMQP 1.0 Specification Now Available

I am happy to report that today the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group announced the availability of the AMQP 1.0 specification. I am in New York attending the fourth annual AMQP business messaging conference and launch event for this important milestone, and Microsoft is thrilled to have been able to participate in the work…

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W3C Announces Process Innovations Making it More Authoritative And More Agile

The JTC1 and W3C jointly announced this week that the international vote of 8 web services specifications was successful, and that these Recommendations are now ISO/IEC JTC1 International Standards. Last year, the W3C applied to ISO/IEC JTC1 to become a “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) Submitter”, which would allow selected W3C Recommendations to be  voted on…

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AppFabric ACS: Single-Sign-On for Active Directory, Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live ID, Facebook & Others

Until today, you had to build your own custom solutions to accept a mix of enterprise and consumer-oriented Web identities for applications in the cloud or anywhere. We heard you and we have built a service to make it simpler. Today at MIX11, we announced a new production version of Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control…