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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: Surface Windows 8 Pro: see more, share more and do more

    Have you checked out the Surface Pro yet? Now’s a great time to do so, with reporters and tech elites giving it high praise. In fact, check out why Salvador Rodriguez of Los Angeles Times thinks Surface Pro can be used as a laptop or desktop . In a nutshell, Surface Pro is a beautiful, powerful...
  • Blog Post: Continued Growth in Southern California

    Microsoft continues to expand its initiatives in Southern California. From philanthropic efforts within local schools and the surrounding community , to the upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference , the company is committed to building and maintaining a strong presence in the Southland. Recently in...
  • 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: Elevate America Grants Will Help Underserved Communities Become Part of the Digital Economy

    With today's emphasis on technology, finding a job without having any computer skills is nearly impossible. But here in LA and all across America, underserved populations-especially young and female workers-have not received the training necessary to participate in our largely digital economy. That...
  • Blog Post: Bing it On to win a ‘Microsoft Box of Awesome'

    Bing it On already challenged the nation to select its preferred web search results but now the challenge has risen to a whole new level. It’s time to Bing it On with the holidays for a chance to win a ‘Microsoft Box of Awesome' for anyone participating in the U.S. And what’s a ‘Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Technology Will Play Key Role in Helping the Class of 2012 Find Jobs

    As college commencements have come and gone, graduates are polishing their resumes in the hopes of landing their dream job. With the increasing popularity of digital and social media, graduates will need to incorporate job hunting techniques that go beyond the traditional methods in order to be successful...
  • 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: Turn Big Data Into Big Insights

    This is the ‘ golden era’ of insight. The world holds twice as many bytes of data as there are liters in the ocean, and with the right technology tools, we are now able to replace hunches with insight and action. Think comparing utility costs with meteorological data to spot trends...
  • 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: 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: Southern California Students Team for Second Place Finish in Imagine Cup 2011

    Imagine how you would change the world, if you were able to work with a brilliant team of colleagues and the latest technology. You might help the blind to read, improve the survivability of cancer patients, help women in underdeveloped communities receive proper pre-natal care, or-as a team of Southern...
  • Blog Post: CES Keynote: Microsoft’s Momentum Moves into 2012

    The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), otherwise known as the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, has officially kicked off in Las Vegas! Last night, CEO Steve Ballmer took to the CES stage for Microsoft’s final keynote presentation. And you may have noticed Microsoft...
  • 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...