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As many of you know, the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will soon be under way.
Over on Blogging Windows, Nick Parker, corporate vice president of worldwide OEM, penned a piece about how “touch and other new capabilities in Windows 8 are powering the latest hardware innovations coming from our OEM partners.” To the right is a screenshot of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC.
Two stories out of Microsoft today (so far):
First, Microsoft today announced the double-digit engagement results of the first NUads experience, interactive polling, which it rolled out earlier in the fall of 2012 on Xbox LIVE in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The first wave of NUads was provided by a lineup of top advertisers, including SUBWAY® Restaurants and Toyota. Head on over to the Microsoft News Center to find out more about the results.
Also, Microsoft and GOOD have teamed up to give you the opportunity to help your favorite youth-focused nonprofit.
In an effort to modernize technology infrastructure, reduce costs and foster new levels of cross-agency collaboration, the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are expanding access to Microsoft solutions by entering into a transformative three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for enterprise licenses and software assurance. The agreement provides all three organizations with a single vehicle for accessing the latest Microsoft technologies in support of top IT priorities around datacenter consolidation, collaboration, cybersecurity, mobility, cloud computing and big data.
This is the most comprehensive licensing agreement Microsoft has ever established with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), covering nearly 75 percent of all DoD personnel.
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on MSN’s top news stories of 2012, the City of Chicago adopting Office 365 for 30,000 employees, great Windows Phone apps for the new year and more.
MSN’s top news stories of 2012. What would happen if Honey Boo-Boo entered a room Gangnam Style and Kim Kardashian tweeted about it? It’d sound a lot like the MSN 2012 Year in Review! Covering everything from super-storm Sandy to the year’s top baby names, 2012’s most influential cats, the greatest photo-bombs of the year, and the year’s top tweets, the Year in Review on MSN has something for everyone. Showcased in one beautiful hub that brings all the top stories of the year together in a dynamic, image-rich format, Year in Review highlights the plethora of most clicked, shared, searched and tweeted topics of 2012. Check it out over on MSN.
Is it Swarzinegar, Swarneger, Scwarznagger or Schwartiznegar? These are just a few of more than 2,000 different ways users on Bing have typed their queries in hope of searching for “Schwarzenegger.” The aim of the Bing Speller is to correct these queries so users receive relevant web results that match their intent even when their query is misspelt. A great speller makes a search engine feel like magic to the users. In this Bing Search Blog post, Jim Kleban provides an overview of Bing Speller technology with some examples of recent improvements we just shipped in December.
The following is a post from Michael Donlan, Vice President of U.S. State and Local Government at Microsoft.
As part of a new cloud computing strategy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the City of Chicago will move 30,000 employees to Microsoft Office 365 for cloud-based e-mail and productivity.
The City will consolidate its three disparate e-mail systems into one Microsoft Office 365 environment in an effort to improve collaboration, enhance security, and provide both mobile and desktop access for anytime, anywhere productivity. This new strategy will deliver more than $1.3 million in cost savings over the next four years – a whopping 80 percent decrease in cost per employee – while ensuring City workers have access to Web-based versions of the Microsoft tools they rely upon every day, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, OneNote, Excel, Lync and PowerPoint.