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Open Source at Build 2016 

Microsoft shared a number of developments and projects at Build 2016 that highlighted Microsoft Azure as the best environment for developers to build intelligent applications across any device or OS. Some of these highlights as announced by Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group, include the following: Developers can now easily...

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Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 

At Build 2016, Microsoft announced a series of updates reflecting the company’s commitment to support developers with their favorite tools, frameworks, and platforms, including open source technologies. One announcement welcomed by developers was the ability to run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Based on feedback that developers would like Microsoft to make it easier to...

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Now available in preview: R Server inside Azure HDInsight 

This week at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the availability of R Server inside Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s managed Hadoop-as-a-service part of Azure Data Lake. R is a very popular programming language that helps millions of data scientists solve their most challenging problems in fields ranging from computational biology to quantitative marketing. R Server for...

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SocialDice: Revolutionizing talent recruitment in the the Middle East 

For rapidly-growing, Middle Eastern small- to medium-sized businesses, hiring the best employees is a challenge. Both busy employers and ambitious talent find the existing job boards slow and cumbersome. In response, start-up SocialDice has made the process easy, intelligent, and fun by aggregating regional job boards in one place and using a proprietary smart algorithm...

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Try the Chef 'Super Human" lab: Automate an infrastructure 

The Azure team has created “Super Human” hands-on-labs that let you try popular open source technologies in the Azure Marketplace, including Hortonworks, Chef and Docker. This Chef lab is comprised of scenarios that will cover the setup of a Chef 12 Server in Azure, installing cookbooks and bootstrapping your choice of a either a Windows...

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Announcing SQL Server on Linux 

Today Microsoft announced plans to bring SQL Server to Linux, enabling SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. The core relational database capabilities are in private preview starting today, with mid-2017 as the target for availability of core relational database capabilities. “Bringing SQL Server...

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Improving airports using open source tools on Microsoft Azure 

One of the great understudied bottlenecks at airports is the time aircraft spend taxiing to and from the runway. Sandy Brownlee, PhD, a senior research assistant at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and Jason Atkin, assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, turned their computer science expertise toward this problem. Cloud computing is empowering the...

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Now on GitHub: Windows Azure Pack Connector 

Today the Microsoft IT team released the Windows Azure Pack Connector, a solution for Azure Pack, that provides a “single pane of glass” virtual machine (VM) administration experience, where users can create and manage both private cloud VMs and public Azure cloud subscriptions and VMs. The connector was developed based on feedback from partners, who...

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Microsoft to acquire Xamarin, a leader in mobile app development 

Yesterday, Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for mobile app development. In conjunction with Visual Studio, Xamarin provides a rich mobile development offering that enables developers to build mobile apps using C# and deliver fully native mobile app experiences to all major devices – including iOS, Android, and Windows. Recently...

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Becoming a Microsoft cloud partner: Part 2 

Guest Author: Ryszard Dałkowski, Exertum Independent IT2B consultant, trainer, the “Old Sweat” of IT industry. Delivers workshops and trainings on product and soft skills, as well as business remodeling workshops with cloud impact. Still deeply engaged in Microsoft open source projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Cloud computing enthusiast (for business and private use). Vice...

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