Microsoft's open source push continues as the company has open-sourced its Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools and made them available on GitHub.
Microsoft said today that it has tweaked its support options for customers who want to run the latest Intel Skylake processors on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft will extend its specialized support options for a year and offer more updates to those customers when its specialized support period expires.
Nearly one quarter of all the servers running in Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are powered by the open source operating system Linux. But you can’t actually run much Microsoft software on those Linux servers.
That’s about to change. Companies will soon be able to run Microsoft’s database software SQL Server on Linux, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie said in a blog post today.
Or at least part of it. A spokesperson clarified that Microsoft will offer at least SQL Server’s core capabilities. Other components will depends on customer demand and feedback.
In a move that was expected and rumored for a long time, Microsoft is buying tool maker Xamarin.
Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise business, announced the intent to buy Xamarin on February 24, via a blog post.
The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed by either company. Microsoft officials plan to provide more details about its Xamarin integration plans in the future starting at Build at the end of March.
Jim Hanna has joined Microsoft as the director of data center sustainability, a newly created position.