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It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means. Ghosts and goblins and maybe even zombies behind every corner – even here at Microsoft.
This time of year seems to be especially bountiful for opportunities to capture crazy (and cute) costumes, pumpkin patch visits and party scenes. We’ve got some new and updated photo apps from the Windows Phone Store that we think will come in handy as you memorialize the spooky and the surreal.
Xbox Wire reported Wednesday that “Titanfall” will be exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC for the lifetime of the title. The news was revealed by Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen during the company’s earnings call Wednesday.
The game, due out March 11, brings “thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault Pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot Titans,” Xbox Wire notes.
The following post is from Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft.
Every day, we hear about some of the many challenges staring educators in the face – budget shortfalls, an increasingly complex educational landscape, and the difficulty of preparing students for a shifting job market.
With this in mind, I read a recent announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook with consternation. Cook claims that Apple has “locked up 94 percent of the tablet market” in education. There is some “special math” at work here, but, more importantly, he's missing the point. At the end of the day, it's not about device market share. It's about the graduation rate. It’s about the percentage of students prepared for the workforce of today and tomorrow. These are the real education numbers that matter. And, at Microsoft, this is our focus.
In my role, I have the pleasure to work with school leaders and educators from around the world. In my travels, I’m often asked for thoughts about “the competition.” While I love to geek out on technology and all the goodness Microsoft can offer to students and teachers, the “competition” I care most about is that of low expectations, to create a world where students are empowered to expect more from themselves and their education.
Grab some of that leftover Halloween candy at 11 a.m. PT on Friday and tune into Xbox Live to watch players from the United States and Europe go at it in “Battlefield 4: Showdown Live – Europe vs. USA.”
Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and Acey Bongos will each command a team of 32 players on Xbox One for the U.S. team, reports Xbox Wire. EA and DICE have chosen the players from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom for the European team.
The following post is from Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer at Microsoft.
(From left to right) Microsoft employees Vatsala Isaac, Kendall McElliott, Rachel Ash and Gilmere Vieira at the company’s 5K Run/Walk, an annual Employee Giving Campaign tradition.
It’s been a busy autumn at Microsoft. When I watch the buzz of activity across the company, I see creative people collaborating and moving toward a vision. Our people are equally passionate about contributing to their communities outside of Microsoft. This energy is on full display during October, our annual Employee Giving Campaign – a magical time of year for all of us.
Last year was a significant moment for the Employee Giving Program as we marked the 30th Employee Giving Campaign and the milestone of $1 billion raised for more than 31,000 nonprofits over those three decades (inclusive of corporate match). But we’re not done.
When Andrew Kim was a third-year design student, one of his professors gave him this assignment: Reinvent the Popsicle. But Kim wasn’t that into it, so instead he handed in “The Next Microsoft” – a bold and comprehensive redesign of the entire Microsoft brand, from Office to Surface.
Kim also posted the work to his blog, immediately sparking interest among designers, tech press like the Verge, and, yep, even Microsoft, who quickly recognized his potential and hired him on as a designer at Xbox.
In a new white paper, you can learn more about which Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 security features might be right for your company.
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog shares details about the white paper, “Scalable Security Modeling with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013,” which can be downloaded here.
Are you bilingual? Do you “speak” both Microsoft’s and VMware’s server virtualization software platforms? If you do, you’ll be ready to meet any enterprise need, no matter which platform is being used by a company, writes Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server & System Center.
On the In the Cloud Blog, Anderson says that as the demand for Microsoft’s Hyper-V grows, “there are substantial career benefits for virtualization professionals who are ‘bilingual’ – i.e. those that are comfortable with both Microsoft and VMware platforms.”
On Tuesday, Xbox Wire posted an exclusive interview with Ghost Games’ Lead Designer James Moaut about upcoming game “Need for Speed Rivals.” Moaut talks about AllDrive, which is “how we are destroying the line between single player and multiplayer gaming.” AllDrive combines a single player campaign with multiple players being able to seamlessly jump into the game world together, playing out their own careers cooperatively or competitively.
A trailer for the “Need for Speed” movie is available now, and Moaut shares that in the game, players will be able to own, personalize, upgrade and drive star Aaron Paul’s (of “Breaking Bad” fame) signature Ford Mustang GT from the film.
In a post over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog on Tuesday, it was announced that Microsoft and Corona Labs are collaborating to bring Corona SDK to Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store apps.
“Corona SDK — a tool used by more than 300,000 developers worldwide — enables 2-D app development across multiple platforms. Corona Labs is the latest in the growing number of companies that create cross-platform developer tools to support the Windows platforms,” writes JC Cimetiere in a blog post.
Microsoft’s ID@Xbox team held its first developers’ conference recently in Seattle, and similar conferences will be coming to other cities, including one in London in December, in the future.
Some of the key architects of Xbox One, which launches Nov. 22, gave presentations at the ID@Seattle event, writes Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox on Xbox Wire. Among the presenters was Boyd Multerer, general manager of development for Xbox, who is extremely passionate about independent development. Multerer previously headed XNA, “the core building block of Xbox Live Indie Games” on Xbox 360, Charla writes.
The latest “Microsoft Research Luminaries” episode focuses on Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research. She oversees Microsoft Research’s core research laboratories around the world — as well as Microsoft Research Connections.
As the medical world turns increasingly to electronic health records, it becomes essential that physicians have a powerful and portable device they can carry and refer to as they make their rounds. On Tuesday the Surface Blog presented a video with Dr. Nick Patel from Columbia, South Carolina, on how the Surface Pro has helped him to increase his efficiency while also improving the interactions he has with his patients.
In the video above, Patel shares his insights at the Surface 2 event on Sept. 23. For more, check out this video from earlier this summer in which the Surface team took a closer look at how Patel and colleagues used the device. Also, the Microsoft in Health blog published an in-depth, three part series (1, 2, 3) on how Surface Pro helped to address the “Health Information Technology Productivity Paradox” – created as the need to document information in electronic health records, and the technology used to do so, was impacting the quality of the interaction with patients and general efficiency.
“Halo: Spartan Assault,” which pits gamers against vicious enemy the Flood in a galactic-scale war, will be available in December for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The announcement was made Tuesday by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, and full details are shared on Xbox Wire.
As OneNote celebrates 10 years of helping folks stay more organized, Milwaukee Brewers baseball announcer Joe Block has found it to be the best option to keep all players’ stats and stories together so he can grab any bit of information at a moment's notice.
The OneNote Blog asked Block how he uses OneNote to track 162 games’ worth of statistics and anecdotes (plus spring training and post season).
An official trailer for “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for Xbox One introduces Extinction, a new 1- to 4-player cooperative game mode that features wave-based survival action, FPS base defense, scavenging and class leveling.
Head over to Xbox Wire to learn more about the next generation of “COD,” due out Nov. 5.
A major update to messaging app Viber – which has more than 200 million users – brings to it a major redesign, new call transferring to the Viber desktop, battery saving alerts and Lockscreen notifications of new messages. Pin frequent contacts or conversations to your Start screen via Live Tiles to quickly pick up where you left off on Windows Phone 8 devices.
Among the new features of Windows 8.1 is being able to personalize it even more, including showing your desktop background with your favorite theme or wallpaper on your Start screen.
Jennifer Shepherd writes on the Windows Experience Blog about how to do that:
Released Tuesday, Security Intelligence Report volume 15 looks at the risks of running an unsupported operating system compared with modern versions of Windows. The report is timely, coming a little over five months from the end of support deadline for Windows XP. After more than 12 years of support, April 8, 2014 marks the day Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, non-security hot fixes or technical support for Windows XP.
As Stella Chernyak reports on the Windows for Your Business blog, Tuesday’s report is a great reason for companies to begin evaluating Windows 8.1, but as they do so they’ll find plenty of other reasons to make the move.
“The release of Windows 8.1 earlier this month represents a significant milestone for our business customers with great security enhancements, including remote business data removal, improved biometrics support, pervasive device encryption, improved Internet Explorer, malware resistance and device lockdown,” Chernyak says. “These features, coupled with new devices that build security into the hardware itself, help ensure and maintain device integrity (UEFI - Secure Boot) and data protection (TPM - Encryption), providing business customers with an added layer of security not available on the older hardware.”
Beyond security, Windows 8.1 adds a wealth of new capabilities for business customers, from advanced manageability and BYOD support to mobility and networking. Chernyak points to companies like Campari Australia and Meiji Yasuda that have made the move, and to a wide range of new PCs for business that are taking advantage of the latest Windows advances to give companies a competitive edge.
Each week, we bring you a new app recommendation from one of our colleagues. This week’s Staff App Pick comes from Lukas Velush, an editor on Microsoft’s Employee Communications Team.
Oh how I do wish that I was one of the elite, the few, the rare breed of word finder who can find more than one word per second on the game Wordament. The best I’ve ever done is find 56 words in two minutes. My goal is to climb the mountain and get to 60 – which means I would find one word every two seconds. The all-time champ found 193 words in two minutes – that’s more than three words per second! (Read her story at the Wordament link above.)
What is Wordament, you may be asking? It’s the Boggle-like word game where you use your finger (usually your thumb on a phone) to trace as many words as you can find in a block of 16 letters in just two minutes.
Trustworthy Computing released volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which provides threat intelligence and analysis of cyber threats in over 100 countries and regions worldwide on Tuesday.
“Among the numerous key findings in the new report, one of the more interesting things to surface was the increased risk of using unsupported software,” writes Microsoft Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains in a blog post. “The report found that in the first half of 2013, nearly 17 percent of computers worldwide that run Microsoft real-time security products encountered malware that tried to get on or stay on those systems, but Microsoft anti-malware products blocked this from happening.”
A TV trailer for “Ryse: Son of Rome” was released Monday, and it’s one trailer where a viewer’s interest is not going to trail off. This snapshot look at the game is heart-pounding, drama-to-the-hilt good.
You can watch it here or over on Xbox Wire. “Ryse: Son of Rome,” the action-packed Xbox One exclusive launches with the console on Nov. 22.
If you want a chance to check out the power of the new Kinect, there’s no better game than “Kinect Sports Rivals,” the wake racing game that tracks players’ movements and expressions with incredible accuracy.
A trial version of the game will be available on Nov. 22, the same day Xbox One launches, reports Major Nelson on Xbox Wire.
If you or your company sells Microsoft products or services as part of your business, you’ll want to know about two dates this week that were covered in Friday’s Microsoft U.S. Partner Team blog post.
The first is of interest to all Microsoft partners: Register for a Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2014 all-access pass before Oct. 31 and get a special price of just $1,695. After that date, the price for an all-access pass increases to $1,795. This year’s WPC will be held in Washington, D.C., July 13-17.
The other date is Tues, Oct. 29, to join Microsoft Insights – a live online event featuring an interactive panel discussion on emerging employment trends and opportunities. Immediately following the panel, listen to in-depth interviews with Microsoft technology specialists sharing their views on the skills that IT professionals and developers need, and the training and certification available to them. Join live on Oct. 29 for a chance to win a certification exam pack.