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September, 2010

  • Windows Phone 7 Clears The Last Big Milestone

    This week was an exciting and important milestone for the Windows Phone team – with the completion of our internal development work and extensive testing, our Windows Phone 7 code was released to manufacturing. We are now in the home stretch and...
  • Halo Reach A Big Hit With Some Big Hitters

    The preseason buzz on Halo Reach is building. Today, the Xbox team gave QB Mark Sanchez and some of his New York Jets teammates a chance to unwind from THEIR preseason by getting to grips with the new game. We'll let their reactions speak for themselves...
  • R.I.P. Waledac: Undoing the damage of a botnet

    Ed note: [On October 27, 2010, the US District Court of Eastern Virginia issued a final judgment in this case, agreeing with Magistrate Judge Anderson’s recommendation to grant Microsoft’s motion for default judgment, and officially ordered...
  • Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs

    A story in yesterday’s New York Times reports on anti-piracy enforcement actions in Russia that have been used for more nefarious purposes than protecting intellectual property rights. As General Counsel for Microsoft, it was not the type of...
  • Enjoy the IE9 Launch Experience

    Internet Explorer 9 is going to change a great deal about the way we produce and experience websites. If you want to get a ringside seat into what the future will offer, take a look at the live launch event. Here's a quick preview of what the new browser...
  • Getting Ready for OpenWorld?

    Lately, when speaking with our partners, I have been struck by how often I’ve heard that customers of ours, like The Linc Group , end up choosing Microsoft Dynamics after considering Oracle solutions. This got me thinking about Oracle customers...
  • Making Ideas Real

    The last week or so for Microsoft has been a bit of wild ride, mostly in a pretty good way. Personally, as a big fan of consumer technology and entertainment, I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop. First was the RTM for Windows Phone 7 , and the...
  • Modeling the world…continued.

    In May we introduced the Technical Computing initiative at Microsoft. This initiative is focused on empowering a broader group of people in academia, business and government to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our aim is mainstream...
  • Make Your Own Kind of Music – On a Windows PC

    Recently, a few of us had the chance to spend some time with Windows DJ Darek Mazzone during his weekly modern global music show “Wo’ Pop” on KEXP , a radio station broadcasting in Seattle, New York and worldwide on the Web. We crammed...
  • Microsoft’s NGO Software License

    During the past week we’ve been working hard to put in place the action steps we announced to prevent NGOs from falling victim to actions taken in the guise of anti-piracy enforcement. To ensure that we undertake a comprehensive and thorough approach...
  • At Advertising Week, Making Ads Entertaining

    If you’re into advertising, New York City is the most exciting place to be on the planet today as Advertising Week kicks off!  And even though I’ve been here many times before with Viacom and MTV Networks, this is my first with Microsoft.  There has never been a more exciting time to be in our business. Consumers are in control and engaging and participating with brands in a totally different way. 

    There are some dynamic trends in marketing that I am looking forward to exploring and sharing at Ad week.   I really feel we are entering what I am calling Digital Advertising 2.0, where we push to innovate the ad experience in the digital environment.  Some of the best marketing campaigns are when ads become entertainment themselves, (ads that don’t feel like ads) and then have a life of their own as the consumer becomes passionate about the content of the advertising itself.  Look at what happened with Old Spice.  Digital advertising is becoming a critical component of the overall story that brands are trying to tell and for me personally, I am thrilled to be able to use my entertainment and content experience.

  • Why Microsoft cares about education and what we are doing about it

    With the release of “Waiting for 'Superman,'” the topics of education reform and the quality of U.S. public schools are getting mainstream attention. A lot of news headlines and opinions abound about what are the right and wrong solutions...