Open and Transparent Government

Applying open government principles to help governments provide higher transparency, foster innovation, and create efficiencies in administration.


Enable greater accountability, efficiency, and economic opportunity by making government data and operations more open.


Create early and effective opportunities to drive greater and more diverse expertise into government decision making.


Generate new ideas for solving problems by fostering cooperation across government departments, across levels of government, and with the public.

Open Government

Microsoft is committed to openness, choice, and transparency in information communications technology (ICT). Our openness commitment extends across our platform stack including desktop, server, management and cloud technologies.

The Internet has prompted a massive movement towards making information accessible to all. Democratizing information via open government (Open Gov) and Government 2.0 initiatives is a priority for governments worldwide: from municipal, to regional, to federal levels. Open Gov is enabled by web-based infrastructures and web 2.0 technologies to engage with citizens and organizations and to share government data and information.

Microsoft shares the common industry view that organizations will continue to operate a mixed ICT environment of open source and proprietary products for years to come. Microsoft is committed to helping you thrive in this mixed-source world where interoperability is the key.

And in the cloud, we support key standards that provide the building blocks for open, interoperable cloud services, and we support developer choice of programming languages. We support data portability and believe customers own and control their data, no matter where it resides.