Open Source Weekly: New Python support, enterprise-scale Git, and more 

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Docs.microsoft.com is home to thousands of pages of documentation, from Apache to Zendesk.  For technical documentation, API reference, code examples, quickstarts, and tutorials on you’re favorite Microsoft + Open Source scenarios, check out the inventory here. For a sample of these docs, plus open source related community news, product announcements, and recent demos from around Read more

Now available: open source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 

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This week Microsoft released the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 out of beta. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, is a free, easy-to-use, open source, commercial-grade toolkit that trains deep learning algorithms to learn like the human brain. “Cognitive Toolkit is being used extensively by a wide variety of Microsoft products, by companies worldwide with Read more

Azure CLI 2.0 now generally available 

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This week Microsoft announced the general availability Azure CLI 2.0, including the vm, acs, storage and network commands. These commands provide a rich interface for a large array of use cases, from disk and extension management to container cluster creation. With this release, customers can now use these commands in production, with full support by Read more

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Microsoft at OSCON 2016 

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A planeload of open source enthusiasts from across Microsoft are joining the more than 4,200 participants at OSCON this week, to focus on how the open source ecosystem is playing a key role in technology innovation – from mobile development and IoT to microservices and containers. Openness is crucial to enabling a thriving technology ecosystem Read more

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Improving airports using open source tools on Microsoft Azure 

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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 Read more

Now on GitHub: Windows Azure Pack Connector 

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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 Read more

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Updates to Node.js SDK for Azure Mobile Apps 

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Last fall, Microsoft announced the first alpha release for the Node.js SDK for Azure App Service Mobile Apps. Since then, the Azure team has been busy enhancing the SDK with user feedback, to make it easier to build and run mobile backends using Node.js on App Service. From a Yeoman generator to more samples on Read more

Microsoft releases CNTK, its open source deep learning toolkit 

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Microsoft released its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, making the tools that its own researchers use to speed up advances in artificial intelligence available to a broader group of developers. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist, and his team were anxious to make faster improvements to how well computers can understand speech, and the Read more

Shibboleth and OpenLDAP: Azure Resource Manager Quick Start Templates 

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It will now be much easier to find and try Shibboleth and OpenLDAP identity solutions on Azure! The Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates for Shibboleth and OpenLDAP have passed validation and have been merged into the centralized Azure repository for all ARM templates. Please check the following URLs for ARM related templates on GitHub: Deploy Read more

Microsoft open sources Edge’s Chakra JavaScript engine 

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Today, Microsoft open sourced the key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge. The ChakraCore repository is available today on GitHub and provides a fully supported and open source JavaScript engine, with the same characteristics as Microsoft Edge’s Chakra engine, to embed in projects, innovate on top of and contribute back to. Chakra Read more