At the annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum, educators participated in Learn-a-Thon, a 24-hour activity new to the conference. They designed learning activities that showed innovative use of technology in three millennium development goals: poverty, sustainability and gender equality.
During the forum, 27 educators and six Mentor schools from the U.S. shared technology-infused projects such as project-based learning, entrepreneurial experiences and global collaboration opportunities.
One of the first things Shana Pearlman did when she moved far away from home was set up Skype for her parents so that she can call her mom on video and talk to her for as long – or as little – as she wants, without worrying about the cost, and even send her some quick messages.
If you want to do the same thing, and your parents have never used Skype before, it’s easy to get them there. Pearlman walks you through the steps to set up the Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Mac, as well as on any kind of smartphone or tablet if your parents would rather use those devices.
As the 2014 Game Developers Conference gets underway in San Francisco Monday, Microsoft is working to generate opportunities for game developers of all sizes, including independent game developers.
“We’ve improved merchandising and monetization choices for Windows and Windows Phone, helping titles like ‘Hill Climb Racing’ and ‘Dredd vs. Zombies’ enjoy higher in-app purchase revenue per download than their Google Play versions and well over a million downloads in less than a year, respectively,” writes Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft corporate vice president of developer platform & evangelism.
In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft voiced its support for an announcement that key Internet domain name functions will transition from a U.S. federal agency to the global multi-stakeholder community.
The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration has had stewardship over Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions since their inception two decades ago.
EclipseCon North America begins Monday in San Francisco, bringing together a community to learn, share and collaborate on the latest ideas and innovations from Eclipse and its member companies.
Eclipse is a community focused on working together on commercially friendly open source software. At EclipseCon, Microsoft has two sessions scheduled: “Cloud-Powered Apps in Minutes with Azure Mobile Services” and “Eclipse for Java Developers in the cloud – Tips, Tricks and Examples.”
Popular note-taking and stay-organized app OneNote is now available for Mac for the first time, and it’s free, available for download from the Mac App Store. A free version for Windows desktop is also now available.
OneNote is your digital home for jotting down ideas, capturing your collection of Web clippings and research, planning your trips and events, checking your to-dos and shopping lists, and sharing your notes with friends and co-workers.
Posted by Openness Team
There is a vast amount of data available today that is being collected and stored at an unprecedented rate. Market demand is growing for easy use of this data across multiple platforms and devices, increasing the pressure to create a more open and transparent Web through standardized approaches to accessing and consuming data.
At the heart of the matter is OASIS and the work of the Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee, which announced a significant milestone today: OData version 4.0.
OData provides a way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an ecosystem in which data consumers can interoperate with data producers in powerful ways, enabling more applications to make sense of a broader set of data.
As children add colors to complete a picture in Crayola Color, Draw & Sing, they unlock instrument tracks, giving their new creations a musical soundtrack.
“Kinect Sports Rivals,” which kicks up the competition with new features and gameplay, will be available for Xbox One on April 8 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on April 11 in Europe.
From Power-Ups to Experience Points, the elements of “Kinect Sports Rivals” are used to put you and your Champion – the digital “super you” that lives in the cloud and plays against your friends at the level you play – ahead of the game. “Kinect Sports Rivals” has new sports – climbing, wake racing and target shooting – as well as fan favorites soccer, tennis and bowling – all delivered in next-generation motion sports gameplay.
This is Part 3 in a series of articles focused on understanding the threat landscape in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Part 1 of the series examined malware infection rates of many locations in the region including Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Part 2 took a close look at whether the relatively high malware infection rates in the region were simply a result of people encountering malware more frequently in this region than the worldwide average. Relatively high encounter rates among these locations helps partially explain why they have high infection rates. But there were some notable exceptions, like Turkey, that had the highest encounter rate but did not have the highest infection rate; high encounter rates in Turkey were primarily due to attackers targeting Turkish language speakers. This part of the series, Part 3, explores whether differences in real-time anti-virus usage among locations helps explain differences among regional infection rates. i.e. do locations that have a high percentage of unprotected systems have high malware infection rates? You might be surprised by the results. Read more
The new Office Lens app gives you a scanner in your pocket (or purse), making it easy to preserve meeting notes, handwritten to-do lists, sticky notes, business cards and receipts. The free Microsoft app uses the Windows Phone camera to capture and enhance pictures, then automatically syncs them to OneNote so you can get to them from any device.
Posted by David TennenhouseCorporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy
The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community is a significant and welcome development.
Unlike the other major international communications networks (e.g., the telephone system and postal systems), there has been no single government-led organization that has guided the evolution and growth of the Internet.