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  • Blog Post: Second Microsoft Store Coming to Orange County

    Last week, Microsoft announced that a new Microsoft retail store will be coming soon to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa joins Mission Viejo as Orange County's second Microsoft Store and one of only eight stores in the world. Microsoft opened its first-ever retail store on Oct. 22, 2009...
  • Blog Post: Action-packed Week at the Microsoft Westfield Century City Store with Family Game Nights, Windows Workshops and More

    The Microsoft Westfield Century City store has planned a fun-filled week towards the end of this month. As kids are heading back to school, enjoy the last few weekends with them with a game night playing Rock Band, Forza 3, and Kinect Sports, or simply join fellow Dance Central enthusiasts to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Remote Working: Taking Company Productivity and Profitability to The Next Level

    It’s 7:30 a.m. Monday and you are sitting in your car, halfway through the hour- and-a-half commute to work. The cars are bumper to bumper on Interstate 405 north headed to downtown Los Angeles, and the traffic doesn’t appear as if it will be lessening anytime soon. While you are waiting...
  • Blog Post: Don’t be Scared of High Costs for Halloween Costumes - Bing Has a Solution

    Halloween is just around the corner and costume planning is in full force. What are you dressing as this year? Perhaps a “ Jersey Shore ” cast member or the latest celebrity? According to a recent Bing -commissioned survey of Americans, nearly 40 percent of respondents indicated that they...
  • Blog Post: Al Roker Offers Tips on How to be Productive from Anywhere

    Conquering productivity can be a challenge, especially in instances of inclement weather keeping you from driving or tending to a sick child home from school. Each year, extreme weather alone brings life to a grinding halt for millions of people. But with new technologies from Microsoft, nothing will...
  • Blog Post: Thoroughly modern email with Outlook.com

    Innovation has a funny way of stoking our desire for even more innovation, no matter how thrilled we are with the original product. Remember how amazing the concept of Hotmail initially was? Indeed, it was amazing at its 1996 launch, when there had never before been personal email addresses, independent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Office 365

    It’s here… Today, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer announced the global availability of Office 365, Microsoft’s next generation productivity service. Office 365 is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience delivering world class productivity solutions to people and...
  • Blog Post: Last Minute Tech Gifts: Fun Gadgets for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are a multitude of possible gift ideas for your significant other. Every year, people wait until the last minute to figure out a thoughtful and well-received present. Often times, jewelry, chocolates, or flowers, are the go-to gift ideas, but this...
  • Blog Post: Live from Los Angeles - Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

    We'll be posting entries throughout the week, highlighting Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference occurring this week in Los Angeles, so check back in periodically! Also, follow the action on Twitter, using the hashtag #WPC11. See you in L.A.!
  • Blog Post: Bing Partners with Anti-Bullying Documentary “Bully”

    Just in this year alone, more than 13 million kids in the U.S. reported being bullied and each month 3 million-plus students have intentionally missed school because they felt unsafe. The shocking truth is bullying affects millions of kids every single day. These startling statistics are the reason...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup: All Dreams Welcome

    Since 2002, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has served as the springboard for innovative ideas in technology. The Imagine Cup has engaged thousands of U.S. college and high school students to generate and nurture their entrepreneurship and technology prowess. Recent competitions have focused on technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announce Technology Grant to Elevate Learning Skills in Los Angeles

    In late October, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Microsoft joined school leaders of the Mendez Learning Center to announce a new focus on turning around underperforming urban schools within the LAUSD . Microsoft, through a relationship with Partnership Schools for Los Angeles , provided Mendez with...
  • Blog Post: Annual Microsoft Partner Event Delivers Technology, Revenue and Games to Los Angeles

    Technology is big in Los Angeles and about to become bigger. With an estimated 15,000 international attendees flocking to the city in mid-July, Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is both the company’s largest annual event and the largest conference ever to be held in Los...
  • Blog Post: msnNOW unites breaking social trends from across the Web in one place

    People have a wide variety of outlets at their disposal when they want in on the hottest conversations taking place throughout the world. Unfortunately whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter or BreakingNews.com, news is fragmented throughout the Web, and it’s not always easy to stay on top of...
  • Blog Post: Hunger Games Cast Visits Microsoft Store in Century City Mall

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve probably heard of the Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. Based on the best-selling novel, the sci-fi flick takes place in the future and hits theaters on Friday, March 23. The movie’s stars...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Takes Us ‘Back to the Future’

    Imagine a three-day road trip with the family, but without the kids getting impatient and irritable. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s possible with the new customized technology of the Ford Mustang. Microsoft teamed up with Ryan Friedlinghaus, an award-winning automotive designer and star...
  • Blog Post: Educating the Next Generation

    On Saturday May 5, more than 4,000 students and parents descended upon the University of Southern California to participate in the Los Angeles Unified School District Family Summit 2012 . This year’s event, “Make Me Proud: On the Road to College and Careers,” marked the first time that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unveils What’s New for Xbox at E3

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is now underway in Los Angeles! Microsoft kicked things off on Monday by demonstrating continued leadership in online entertainment. Throughout the last 12 months, Xbox has been the top-selling console in North America, with more than 55 million Xbox consoles sold...
  • Blog Post: “Mango” Release on Windows Phone Redefines the Smartphone Experience

    Yesterday, Microsoft provided the first official look at the next release of Windows Phone , code named “Mango.” With the new release , Microsoft takes a major step toward redefining how people communicate and use applications and the Internet, giving users better search results with less...
  • Blog Post: KISS Live & Global Chat Today on Ortsbo.com, Powered by Windows Azure

    Always wanted to see KISS live at a Los Angeles theatre but tickets were instantly sold out? Today, you can join an online multi-language global live chat event with KISS Live & Global , presented by Ortsbo.com and celebrity spokesperson Gene Simmons . Showcasing the power of the Windows Azure cloud...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: A record-breaking first year

    People are talking…talking about Microsoft Office 2010 . Since its release a year ago, people are continuing to love Office, and it shows in the numbers: business customers are deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007. Nine out of 10 users say it is the best version...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud Is Raining Jobs in Southern California — 53,000 of Them

    This post is authored by General Manager Enterprise and Partners Group, Southwest District, Tyler Bryson. While businesses in L.A. are well aware of the cost savings that cloud computing can bring, it may be surprising to learn that the cloud also is creating substantial new revenues for local...
  • Blog Post: The results are in!

    Twenty-two teams traveled across the country to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to compete in the final round of competition in Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup this past weekend. Each team showcased their software and game designs to solve the world’s toughest issues, such as combating disease...
  • Blog Post: Take the Challenge and Bing it On!

    Bing is challenging the nation to “Bing it On” by selecting which web search results they prefer. After conducting an independent study, revealing that users preferred Bing search over Google, Microsoft wants to give you the chance to go five rounds to see if you, too are a fan of Bing. ...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. Finalists Announced

    The world’s coolest student technology competition just announced who is making it to the next round! Microsoft just unveiled the 10 teams who will compete in the 11 th annual Imagine Cup U.S. Finals Demo Day on May 13 in Silicon Valley. Each of the top teams will pitch their business to investors...