Happy one year anniversary MS Open Tech!
by Jean Paoli, President
It feels like only yesterday when Microsoft made a bold bet on a business strategy to launch our wholly owned subsidiary, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., to advance the company’s investment in openness including interoperability, open standards and open source. MS Open Tech is focused on providing our customers with even greater choice and opportunity to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments, because we’re convinced that openness is good for our customers, good for the community and good for our business.
We believe a company is defined by its people. MS Open Tech is a diverse organization with more than 70 individuals. We have a diversity of background and skills – we’re a team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists – experienced and passionate in working with an equally diverse set of technologies from Microsoft and others.
At MS Open Tech, we work fast, we work openly with others, bridging the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with the open source and open standards communities.
We are also creating a pool of open source engineering talent through the MS Open Tech Hub, an engineering program and a collaborative place to build open source projects, exchange and evolve open source engineering best practices, and marshal and temporarily assign resources from Microsoft to MS Open Tech (in addition to MS Open Tech full time employees) based on the needs of specific projects.
In our very first year, as the openness revolution continues to transform a world of devices connected to online services, MS Open Tech shipped 51 important open source devices and services projects. We have 25 active open source projects across CodePlex and GitHub, and we are active contributors to dozens other open source and open standards initiatives.
We build open source code. We create interoperability bridges. We contribute open standards specs. We work with a variety of standards organizations such as: W3C, IETF, OASIS, Ecma, DMTF, and open source communities including: JQuery, MongoDB, Apache Cordova, Redis, Apache Qpid, Apache Solr, Outercurve, Eclipse, Node.js, Cocos2D, Ogre3D, Web Platform Docs, Symfony, Doctrine, WebKit, GitHub, CodePlex and more.
Wow, what a year it has been for MS Open Tech! It’s been an honor and pleasure to collaborate with many wonderful people across many technical communities. The future looks bright, indeed, as we look to collaborate on more openness projects with you!
51 projects in our first year
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November 6, 2012