Microsoft has been dedicated to creating meaningful change in education for more than three decades, with $750 million invested in teacher training and professional development in the last 15 years, and Wednesday, at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum, the company’s top leaders worldwide pledged their continuing support for teachers as well as students and school leaders who are shaping the future.
The company’s education legacy is “without equal,” including the global YouthSpark Initiative, to create opportunities for young people in education, employment and entrepreneurship, writes Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president, worldwide education.
In the “Witch Potion” puzzle game, exclusive to Windows Phone 8 devices, you’re in charge of protecting adorable creatures from black magic.
In the world where “1 Phoenix Force” takes place, the Earth we know is long gone, burned to ashes and taken over by monsters. You take flight as the reborn Phoenix in hopes of restoring life to Earth.
Skype Labs, the in-house innovation hub, is celebrating its fifth anniversary of improving the Skype experience for the product’s more than 300 million monthly users, who generate more than 2 billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls every day.
Adriana Dumitras, head of the Skype Labs team, writes that the team has used its expertise in audio, video, computer vision, networking, machine learning, data mining, statistics and quality of experience to create and deliver some of the fundamental and innovative core technologies that have contributed to Skype’s success.
This July at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, the top team from each category – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship – will take home $50,000. Now, thanks to a trio of new partnerships, each of those teams is also going to have a life-changing experience.
Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft YouthSpark and PAX will provide a customized Boot Camp for each of the category winners.
I published a series of articles about the threat landscape in the Middle East back in 2012 where I focused on the threats found in several locations in the region. This region continues to be of high interest among the customers I talk to because of the above average level of strife and turmoil, and the political transitions that have occurred in the region over the past few years. Additionally, high profile cyber-attacks like Stuxnet, Saudi Aramco, and RasGas have captured the attention of security professionals around the world.
Based on the latest data from the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 15, we did some deeper analysis on even more locations in the region. Recently I delivered a presentation at RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco based on this research. Thanks again to all the RSA attendees that came to my 8:00 AM session. The presentation at RSA Conference was well received so I thought I’d share this research with a broader audience by publishing a series of articles based on it. This series of articles will focus on trends we have seen in the region in the two and a half years between the first quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2013 – a full ten quarters of data from millions of systems and some of the Internet’s busiest services. The countries/regions we examined include Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Read more.
“Soulcalibur V” and “Retro City Rampage” are among the games on sale this week at the Xbox Games Store, with savings of up to 80 percent. Discounts are good through March 17.
“Soulcalibur V” – regularly $14.99, now 75 percent off – continues the epic story of the legendary soul swords 17 years after the events of “Soulcalibur IV,” and features a fluid 3D battle system and guest appearance by Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin from “Assassin’s Creed.”
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According to a recent McKinsey and Company report, open data’s economic value is an astounding $3 to 5 trillion annually. The world’s citizens have the most to gain through higher-quality, more affordable consumer products and services, but this potential can’t be realized without governments, which must lead the way in developing a dynamic open-data market. Although governments worldwide have now opened up some 1 million data sets, challenges remain. For the top three challenges, including dealing with the costs, and how to address them, please continue reading on the Microsoft on Government Blog.