Microsoft Shutters the Open Tech group which collaborated on support for Office 365 for Moodle

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On the heels of working with Remote-Learner to create an Office 365 integration for Moodle announced early in 2015, Microsoft has shut down it’s Open Tech subsidiary while creating a new internal Microsoft Open Technology Programs Office. The organization’s goals, says Open Tech president Jean Paoli have been achieved,

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During its operation, MS Open Tech has helped connect Microsoft with a number of open source communities. …We’ve brought Office 365 to the Moodle learning platform. And we’ve helped connect the Open Web by collaborating with the industry on standards for HTML5, HTTP/2, and WebRTC/ORTC.

At the same time, open source has become a key part of Microsoft’s culture. Microsoft’ investments in open source ecosystems and non-Microsoft technologies are stronger than ever, and as we build applications, services, and tools for other platforms, our engineers are more involved in open source projects every day. Today, Microsoft engineers participate in nearly 2,000 open source projects on GitHub and CodePlex combined.

Microsoft will now utilize the MS Open Tech team to more broadly work within the organization to advocate open source, create tools and services and continue to engage in open source projects such as the Moodle Office 365 integration.

Read more at MSOpenTech.com/blog

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