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  • Blog Post: Accessible yoga for the blind using Kinect

    Yoga is not an easy exercise for those who are vision impaired. Fortunately, Kyle Rector, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Washington, has developed a way to make it more accessible. After sustaining a running injury that made her turn to yoga for exercise, she and her advisor, Julie Kientz...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Paint a Day

    For an artist living in the seaside city of Brighton, England, space to store huge paintings can be hard to come by. Lucky for Natasha Nicole, creator of Fresh Paint A Day , she discovered the Windows Fresh Paint app, which gave her an artistic outlet close to the texture of real paint. Fresh Paint...
  • Blog Post: Making a difference for eye health in India

    Wherever Microsoft does business, we are active members of the communities in which we live and work.  At the Microsoft India Development Center ( MSIDC ) in Hyderabad, some employees took a particular interest in the needs of the visually impaired.  Juhee Ahmed and fellow employees of the MSIDC contributed...
  • Blog Post: #ICreatedThis: Celebrating the amazing things people do with our technology

    As a kid, one of my great joys was coming home from school to show my parents something I made. “Look what I did” is a statement whose power we all learn at a very early age. Into adulthood, our careers and personal pursuits are often driven by the need to create. Whether it’s art,...
  • Blog Post: Latest update to official Facebook app for Windows Phone gives better notifications, new Live Tiles

    The latest update to the official Facebook app for Windows Phone gives you improved Live Tiles so you can see what your friends have posted on your wall. As the Windows Phone Blog reports, “The team behind the official Facebook app for Windows Phone released a new update today that significantly...
  • Blog Post: You can now attach photos to Facebook messages for Windows Phone 8, and much more in major update

    How’s this for your next Facebook status update on your Windows Phone 8 device: “Hey, I can attach photos to my messages now! And save and share photos!” Maybe you won’t gush so much on your status update, but the major update to this free app may have you using Facebook more...
  • Blog Post: App of the Week: Official Facebook app arrives with Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 is finally here – and it even brought a few friends to the launch party, including a new official Facebook app for Windows. The app brings you all the familiar features you’d expect, plus some cool extras that are unique to Windows. Live tile notifications give you an at-a-glance...