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On Wednesday, Tami Reller, executive vice president of marketing at Microsoft, joined Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, on stage during Skaugen’s keynote at Intel Developer Forum 2013. Reller talked about Windows and the enduring partnership (more than 25 years) between the two companies.
“Customers expect Windows on Intel architecture to provide compatibility and consistency along with personalization, productivity and security – on beautiful, smart, connected devices,” writes Brandon LeBlanc over on Blogging Windows. “And this is even more true with Windows 8.1, which is optimized to power the latest in innovative form factors powered by Intel’s ‘Haswell’ (4th generation Core) processors and ‘Bay Trail’ (Atom) processors that Intel is launching this week at IDF.”
Sometimes real life is a drag, so escaping into alternate realities is an appealing option, especially when it’s “The Sims FreePlay,” which allows you to create 31 customized Sims on your Windows Phone 8 device – for free (if you didn’t get that by the name of the game). You can also design dream homes (like those above with swimming pools and multiple stories), marry off your Sims, raise a family and watch the kids grow up. And if that’s not enough, you can also add in pets, cultivate gardens and a career.
If you’re shopping for a mobile workstation that packs power in a thinner and lighter package, HP introduced the new Zbook series on Tuesday.
As Gavin Gear explains on the Extreme Windows Blog, “These new ZBook mobile workstations will offer a compelling list of features for photographers, videographers, CAD designers and other creative professionals that demand both workstation-class capabilities and a high degree of mobility.”
Microsoft has added detection and removal of the trojan “Win32/Simda” to its Malicious Software Removal Tool. According to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog, the Simda is a multi-component malware family that includes trojan, backdoor, password-stealing, downloader and file-infector variations.
The alien threat in the Windows Phone game “Polyhegrams” comes in the form of rotating 3D shapes that capture planets and threaten to pull them through a rift in space – but you can save the day by using your mind (and clues) to solve word puzzles. The bad guys have anywhere from 12 to 20 sides, so this game calls for dexterity, spatial skills and word puzzle smarts. You can wage your words war on your own, or head-to-head or in a group with others in more than 1,000 unique multiplayer games.
PASS Summit 2013 runs Oct. 15 to 18 in Charlotte, N.C. That’s not so far away! If you plan to attend the Summit, you can save yourself a couple of bucks by registering before Sept. 16, when the registration fee will increase by $200.
This week tech companies got to show off new products and innovations at IFA in Berlin, which is basically the European equivalent of CES and a showcase for great business hardware. For Windows customers, it was the first opportunity to get a sneak peek at some of some great new Windows 8.1 devices for businesses.
On Wednesday the Windows for Your Business blog took a look at a range of newly announced business devices through two different lenses – mobility and power. Head on over to the post now to get the scoop from Windows Commercial Product Marketing Manager Namita Das.
With some help from Microsoft's newest visualization technology, Power Map for Excel, a company that specializes in large scale energy efficiency has launched a new Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) solution that provides customers with timely and personalized insights on how to best reduce their electricity use on high-volume days.
This one’s for all you hardcore PC gamers out there: The updated Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is now available from Dell.
On Monday, Microsoft hosted a panel discussion at its Silicon Valley campus focused on the role technology plays in the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and ways technology can be used to fight it.
The panel, which was part of the @Microsoft Conversation series of events, included leading experts and academics focused on studying the problem of child sex trafficking: Dr. Mark Latonero, research director at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy; Dr. Nicole Bryan and Dr. Sasha Poucki of Montclair State University; Dr. Susan McIntyre, advocate, counselor and researcher from Calgary, Alberta; Professor Mary G. Leary of the Catholic University of America and Professor Anna Shavers of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
As part of Monday’s release of RTM (release to manufacturing) bits, Windows Embedded 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems RTM builds are now available to MSDN subscribers.
You can find the bits here, and begin testing and evaluating the new releases immediately. For background information, see the blogs about what Windows Embedded 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems bring to the table.
The shift to cloud computing – and away from internally housed data and operations – poses new challenges for information security professionals. Compliance is one of them. On Monday, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing released “CISO Perspectives: Compliance in the Cloud,” a new report that provides insights from chief information security officers (CISOs) at some of the world’s largest organizations on the challenges, success factors and potential solutions of compliance.
With Monday’s release-to-manufacturing version of Windows 8.1, Microsoft provided a first glimpse at a pre-release version of a fully built-in Skype app.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a series investments in 15 carbon offset projects in a wide range of countries all over the world.
Here’s a bit of context around these carbon offset investments from Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard: “In 2012, in an effort to further our commitment to reducing Microsoft’s carbon impact, Microsoft pledged to become carbon neutral. To achieve our goal, we have implemented an internal carbon fee which we charge to business groups based on their output of carbon, primarily through electricity and air travel.”
During the fiscal year ended June 30, Microsoft invested in 15 carbon offset projects, including projects in India, Peru, Guatemala, Mongolia, China, Brazil, Kenya, Cambodia, Turkey and the U.S.
Five Microsoft developer evangelists finished third in a field of 261 hacks at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2013, earning a chance to pitch their hack at the main Disrupt stage on Wednesday – the world's most significant hackathon for consumer tech.
As the Microsoft BizSpark Group Blog explains, it took this team about 24 hours to build AdFree, which “allows people to use MapReduce, a programming model for processing large data sets with a parallel, distributed algorithm on a cluster as an alternative to advertising to make revenue from their websites. It enables site owners to help visitors to power advanced problem-solving processing by leasing out CPU cycles from browsers instead of running annoying ads.”
A new “Monsters University” app for Windows Phone features two mini-games based on the Disney-Pixar hit film
A recent addition to the OneNote team, Liz Scoble, just graduated from St. Louis’ Washington University, where she used OneNote to keep all of her class notes organized and stay on top of her daily to-do's. She shares tips from her academic days on the OneNote Blog.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts” takes the critically-acclaimed franchise into the next generation. New world. New story. New, next-gen engine.
See the video above from the Xbox Wire blog post, and pre-order “Call of Duty: Ghosts” now at http://www.callofduty.com/ghosts/wheretobuy.
On Aug.19, we told you about the Bing Hometown Homepage Contest, and photos came in from all over the country. With the submission period over, we’ve narrowed it down to the top ten photos that capture the beauty of cities across America. Now, you can vote for your favorite photo using the Bing Homepage Photo app on Facebook, and get it on the Bing Homepage!
The finalists represent cities all across the country – from the beaches of Hawaii and Florida to Niagara Falls and the Manhattan skyline.
Each week, we bring you a new app recommendation from one of our colleagues. This week’s Staff App Pick comes from Andrea Rubin, a marketing manager at Microsoft.
For anyone that appreciates great design and has the need to check the weather every morning like I do here in Seattle, Weather Flow for Windows Phone is a must-have — here’s why.
On Tuesday, Microsoft took a significant step forward in its mission to help nonprofits harness the power of technology with its announcement of the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits through the Technology for Good program.
The following is a post from Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.
After only a decade, Partners in Learning (PiL) has reached millions of teachers and students, empowering them with technology and resources. The goal in 2003, when the program was first introduced, has not changed dramatically – we set out to provide educators with the resources for teaching 21st century skills and to effectively prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our focus is true to Bill Gates’ vision in that the program continually tackles complex issues with creative problem solving.
“The Windows.Web.HttpClient API gives you access to cookies, control over caching, and can set and get headers using strong types,” writes Microsoft Senior Program Manager Peter Smith. “There’s also a powerful system for modularizing your network code, giving it access to the HTTP processing pipeline.”
The following is a post from John Frank, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues.
On Monday, we amended our petition to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). This is an amendment to the motion we filed on June 19.
Since then, working with others in the industry, we’ve been pursuing a variety of options to provide additional transparency about any legal demands we may receive pursuant to U.S. national security authorities. In the context of our FISC litigation, we have spent the last several weeks trying to reach an agreement with the government in an effort to accomplish our ultimate goal more quickly, but, as we highlighted recently, those discussions ended in failure.