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Starting March 7, Eric Larsen and his three-person team of adventurers will start off on an epic journey to traverse the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island in Canada to the geographic North Pole. The goal: break the current expedition speed record that was set in 2006 by a Norwegian team to cover the nearly 500 miles to the North Pole in less than 49 days.
The team will use skis and snowshoes, and have sleds made out of lightweight Kevlar that will also serve as make-shift rafts as needed for large open-water crossings. They have to take everything they need for the trek – including food – with them, writes Brandon LeBlanc. Also going along with Larsen: Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phones, to take photos and share the journey on his website and on Twitter. He has also been using the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Panasonic ToughPad G1 tablets to track and train for the expedition.
Semiconductor maker AMD has decided to implement a Business Intelligence (BI) solution based on SQL Server 2014 Enterprise and SharePoint Server 2013. Doing so will take advantage of built-in, self-service BI tools such as Power View, an interactive data visualization feature of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services.
“With SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint Server 2013, we saw an opportunity to gain a highly integrated environment that would give end users more control over their data without requiring us to increase the complexity of our architecture,” said Jesse Cantu, IT director of data warehousing and engineering at AMD.
The newest addition to Microsoft Advertising’s Consumer Decision Journey research, “The Consumer Decision Journey: Financial Services,” provides ways to help brands better reach new audiences while meeting consumer needs.
Starting next week at select retailers in the U.S., a digital copy of “Forza Motorsport 5” will be included with the purchase of an Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99, writes Larry Hyrb on Major Nelson’s blog.
Turn 10 Studios recently said that more than one-third of Xbox One console owners worldwide have bought “Forza Motorsport 5” since its Nov. 22 launch, with players participating in more than 94 million races, for a combined 8 million hours of total gameplay.
For developers, it can be helpful to create apps that adapt to users in a specific region and provide content that makes sense for their culture and habits. Windows architecture allows developers to create apps and easily make then available to people all over the world.
Women who are using technology to inspire young women to get more involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are being celebrated by Skype ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, including three who use Skype in the classroom:
· Heather Heenehan, a Ph.D. student in marine science and conversation at Duke University, joined Skype’s “Exploring Oceans” unit last year. Heenehan, who had hosted educational outreach programs related to STEM for fourth- through sixth-grade girls in Durham, N.C., developed her own Skype classroom lessons, “Sounds of the Sea.”
The latest Red Stripe Deals in the Windows Store – which save you at least 50 percent off the original price of six favorite apps, indie games and Xbox titles – includes a flashy classic, a cornucopia of collages and a simplified way of tracking tasks and projects.
After Amelia Rose Earhart — who was named after the legendary pilot — became a pilot herself, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and experience with other women. So she started The Fly With Amelia Foundation, which “paves the runway for girls who want to test their limits” and “live an inspired life through aviation.” Earhart says that in running the foundation she relies on Office 365 to help her overcome her “organizational challenges.”
The famous Amelia Earhart “had her paper flight charts, log books, personal journals and maps of the globe by her side. Today, in my back pocket, I have Word, OneNote, PowerPoint and Outlook all connected to OneDrive to keep me organized and productive,” Earhart writes on the Office Blogs. “Accessible from anywhere on any device — from my phone in the hangar, on my iPad at the Museum or from my laptop at home — I always have everything I need with me.”
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 was announced Thursday as a federation option for Office 365 customers.
“This is part of a set of new features that benefit Office 365 customers who are using an on-premises Identity Provider other than Active Directory,” writes Paul Andrew, a technical product manager on the Office 365 team, on the Office Blogs. “Together, they provide account synchronization, sign-in federation and wider use of passive authentication which enables single sign-on for Office Web-based applications and, in the future, for Office desktop clients."
Austin, Texas is the epicenter of one of the biggest gaming events of the year – the launch of “Titanfall.” If you're trying to get into the big show, there’s another chance for you to get in through a casual meet-up Sunday, March 9, at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain.in Austin @ The Domain.
On Thursday, Microsoft published its most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report, which details the number of legal demands for customer data the company received from law enforcement agencies around the world and how Microsoft responded to those requests.
This is the company’s third report and covers the period from July to December 2013.
At the end of January, the Working Social Tour debuted in Tokyo to an audience of almost 300 customers and prospects.
I’ve regularly traveled on bridges most of my life, and sometimes, I marvel at the work it takes to build them. Now, with “Bridge Constructor,” available for Windows Phone devices, anyone can take on this challenge.
It takes everyone to innovate.
And in advance of International Women’s Day, March 8, we’re celebrating by profiling five dynamic individuals from all corners of the company who are changing the world through technology.
For me, the month before taxes are due is a blur of foraging for receipts, bank, credit card and other records. But it’s going to be different this year. I’m going to get my act together – with help from some Windows and Windows Phone apps. Below are some tips to help you get the most out of those apps.
Microsoft’s headed to Austin for the annual South by Southwest gathering in Austin, and this year the company is an official sponsor of the event, which combines tech, music and film into one entertaining and educational festival and conference.
Several events will be held at the Microsoft Studio, 323 Congress Ave. in Austin, to showcase the company's innovations in music, gaming, travel, photography and social media from Windows, Xbox, Surface, Windows Phone, Microsoft Research and more.
NBC Universal delivers some of its best television programming right to your Windows PC or tablet with a trio of free apps now available in the Windows Store.
USA Now brings everything from “Modern Family” and “Suits” to “Psych” and “CSI” – along with a handy program guide and easy searching. Spanish favorite Telemundo Now brings the best of this popular network right to you, from telenovellas like “La Promesa” and “Avenida Brasil” to shows like “Top Chef Estrellas” and “La Voz Kids.”
When you’re switching between instant messaging and calling friends, starting a call in Skype for Windows Desktop is easier if you can use keyboard shortcuts.
A collaboration between the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences (CEES) group at Microsoft Research Cambridge introduced ZooTracer at the end of February as a downloadable, easy to use desktop tool that could dramatically expand the amount and kind of data gathered from the natural world.
On Saturday, July 13, 2001, Microsoft was alerted to a nasty piece of malware called “Code Red.” In just two weeks, ABC News reported that the Code Red worm had infected more than 300,000 Windows computers around the world. When the news broke, it was like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel. Microsoft learned early on that if it was going to succeed at building trust with its customers, it could not make security an afterthought when developing its products and services.
So how do you get a large organization like Microsoft to prioritize security with thousands of developers, writing millions of lines of code? How do you get everyone marching toward the same goal?
Skype is joining LitWorld, an international nonprofit organization advocating for literacy, to celebrate World Read Aloud Day Wednesday. Skype in the classroom has gathered a global community of guest authors who will connect with students and teachers through video calls to share their love of reading.
On Wednesday, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten announced that the second, and more significant, system update for Xbox One is now rolling out. The update brings improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other.
To help your customers transition from the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 come April 8, the U.S. Partner team encourages you to check out the Get Modern with Windows 8.1 and Office campaign. It provides resources that will help you explain the benefits of modernizing your customers’ businesses by moving them to current versions of Windows, Office and Exchange.
Health organizations can use Microsoft Office tools to get more out of electronic medical records systems. The Microsoft in Health blog has some tips to help do that by using Lync, Word and Excel.
With the release of Xbox One exclusive “Titanfall” just six days away, Respawn Entertainment is tantalizing gamers with two new trailers.