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FHIR Subscriptions and state changes 

HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is an open standard for healthcare interoperability. Microsoft contributes enthusiastically to FHIR and the health standards community, from developing open source servers, tools, and libraries to hosting managed services in Azure, as well as technical evangelism and development of core specifications. From time to time on this blog, our...Read more

Microsoft announces OpenChain 2.0 conformance for open source 

Trust is key to open source. Developers should be able to trust users to respect their licensing choices. And when you receive software, you should be able to trust that the open source licenses were followed. The OpenChain Project plays an important role in building trust by setting standards that define how to operate a...Read more

W3C Trace Context specification reaches Proposed Recommendation status 

Today we announced that the W3C Trace Context specification entered Proposed Recommendation maturity level. A unified approach for propagating distributed trace identifiers and context improves observability into the behavior of distributed applications, facilitating problem and performance analysis. The interoperability provided by Trace Context is a prerequisite to manage modern applications with a microservice architecture. There...Read more

Boosting interoperability in the cloud with CloudEvents v1.0 support on Azure Event Grid 

When Microsoft launched Azure Event Grid in August of 2017, our goal was to make it easier to quickly architect and compose event-driven systems. Pretty much at the same time, Serverless Inc. launched their own solution solving many of the same problems, which made us both realize that solving the same problem in different, custom...Read more

ONNX joins Linux Foundation 

Today the Open Neural Network eXchange (ONNX) is joining the LF AI Foundation, an umbrella foundation of the Linux Foundation supporting open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. ONNX was co-founded by Microsoft in 2017 to make it easier to create and deploy machine learning applications. In the past few years,...Read more

Announcing the Open Application Model (OAM), an open standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms 

Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration environment. Its success has driven the remarkable growth of Kubernetes services on every public cloud. However, the core resources in Kubernetes like Services and Deployments represent disparate pieces of an overall application. They do not represent the application itself. Likewise, objects like Helm charts represent a potentially deployable...Read more

Microsoft joins partners and the Linux Foundation to create Confidential Computing Consortium 

Microsoft has invested in confidential computing for many years, so I’m excited to announce that Microsoft will join industry partners to create the Confidential Computing Consortium, a new organization that will be hosted at The Linux Foundation. The Confidential Computing Consortium will be dedicated to defining and accelerating the adoption of confidential computing. Confidential computing...Read more

Announcing OpenTelemetry: the merger of OpenCensus and OpenTracing 

I’m excited to announce that OpenTelemetry is now a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) sandbox project. You can read more about OpenTelemetry’s origins in A Brief History of OpenTelemetry (So Far) on the CNCF blog. OpenTelemetry is created as a merger of the OpenCensus and OpenTracing projects. This project aspires to make robust, portable telemetry...Read more

Microsoft open sources Accessibility Insights 

Today we’re announcing the open sourcing of Accessibility Insights for Windows and Accessibility Insights for Web, a set of two free tools to help developers easily find and fix common accessibility issues early in the dev cycle. Built on Deque’s open source axe technology, Accessibility Insights can run as standalone tools, or you can integrate...Read more