HPC Solutions, a local software vendor specializing in open-source software solutions (OSS), recently showcased MyMeetingX, an enhanced version of MyMeeting, the government’s OSS meeting management system, which allows deeper integration into Microsoft’s Exchange and Outlook working environments. Based on the interoperability capabilities of Microsoft solutions, this initiative corresponds to two major government projects, namely MyMesyuarat (MyMeeting) and 1GovUC and is based on the same set of technologies. Speaking about the collaboration with HPC Solutions, Zalina Abdul Halim, Platform Strategy Manager for Microsoft Malaysia, explained, “Microsoft’s investment and participation in interoperability, standards, and open source is as broad and deep as any other company in the industry today – resulting in more choice for customers, more opportunities for developers, and more technology innovation and market competition for businesses, governments, and consumers. Microsoft builds interoperability into our products to help customers manage today’s mixed IT environments and reduce costs, and collaborates with customers and governments to resolve interoperability challenges between Microsoft and other technologies.” “With almost 15 years’ of experience running some of the largest, most reliable cloud services in the world, Microsoft is committed to leading the industry in the transition to the cloud, and to bringing the flexibility and cost-savings of cloud computing to businesses, governments and individuals in an open way,” she added. Currently, user interaction with the government’s MyMeeting system is very limited to its email and web interface only. With MyMeetingX, users of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange would be able to further leverage their current tool set and interact with MyMeetingX directly from within Outlook. The new features of MyMeetingX include: 1. Sharing of personal address book and global address list contacts 2. Viewing and setting appointments in contact list calendars 3. Assigning tasks on projects 4. Sending email notifications for meeting reminder and task reminders 5. Booking meeting resources such as projectors and rooms MyMeetingX was first showcased during the most recent Malaysian Government OSS Conference, an annual event organized by the Open Source Competency Centre under the responsibility of MAMPU (Malaysia Administration and Modernization Unit). The event was attended by more than 600 government officers and academics, including government Chief IT Officers (CIO), the Director General of MAMPU, as well as MAMPU senior leadership. For more information about HPC Solutions and MyMeetingX, please visit www.hpcs.my.