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Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal
This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for developers, the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana on the way, and updates to Windows 8.1. Cortana, your personal virtual assistant...
4 Apr 2014
Microsoft announces new cloud experience and tools to deliver the cloud without complexity
The following post is from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. On Thursday at Build in San Francisco, we took an important step by unveiling a first-of-its kind cloud environment within Microsoft Azure that provides a fully integrated cloud experience...
3 Apr 2014
Microsoft to developers at Build: You have the power
On Wednesday at the Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft outlined new opportunities for developers and showed how businesses can benefit from new capabilities in the Windows 8.1 update and Windows Phone 8.1. The company also showed how Cortana, a new digital assistant, is powered...
3 Apr 2014
Microsoft unveils updates to Windows and Windows Phone at Build 2014
On Wednesday, Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 8.1 and announced updates to Windows 8.1 at the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The company also outlined new opportunities for developers. Finally, Nokia also announced three new Lumia smartphones that will run on Windows Phone...
2 Apr 2014
Tune in to the Build 2014 webcast
Build 2014 takes place from April 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, with keynotes on the mornings of April 2 and April 3 from 8:30 a.m. PT – 11:30 a.m. PT. You can watch the keynote livestreams over on Channel 9 . For the latest Build 2014-related news and developments, visit the Microsoft...
2 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: March 28th Edition—Office for iPad is one of many mobile-first, cloud-first releases
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we've got stories on the release of Office for iPad (as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite and other mobile-first, cloud-first products), and Microsoft Azure being made available in China. Office arrives on the iPad. In San Francisco Thursday, Microsoft CEO...
28 Mar 2014
Build 2014 registration is now open
The following is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism. Last month, we announced that Build 2014 will be back at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from April 2 to April 4. Hopefully you’ve saved...
14 Jan 2014
Sprint announces two new Windows Phone 8 devices coming this summer: The HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo
Sprint customers will finally be able to get their hands on a Windows Phone 8 device later this summer. The carrier announced today that the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo will be the first two Windows Phone 8 models available on its 4G LTE network. The HTC 8XT (shown above) offers an 8-megapixel...
26 Jun 2013
The IBM PC is 30 Years Old – And We’re (All) Just Getting Started
In 1999, I was gobsmacked by reading the NY Times Magazine about top inventions – each article made me pause and say “of course,” none more so than the history of the wood screw. Without it, what would civilization be like? Less sturdy, for sure. And at the time, it was no doubt greeted...
10 Aug 2011
Announcing Microsoft Ventures for startups to build, innovate and grow
The following is a post from Rahul Sood, general manager of Microsoft Startups. Entrepreneurship is an increasingly global phenomenon. We know that the barriers to turn an idea into a business have never been lower. At the same time, entrepreneurs at any maturity level still need a lot of assistance...
25 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: July 5th Edition—Windows Phone 8 gets Facebook facelift, Redbox and iHeartRadio
In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll hear about big apps that just hit Windows Phone 8, the first version of a Web-based Xbox Music experience and the Xbox exclusive game “Titanfall” setting records at the Game Critics Awards “Best of E3." Fans of the big and small-screen...
5 Jul 2013
Weekend Reading: Sept. 23rd Edition–Bing Celebrates Fall, Rethinking the Windows Boot Experience and “Gears of War 3” Launches, plus the Rustock Botnet, Windows Live and Windows Phone
This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of Microsoft news, including stories on the introduction of video on the Bing home page, re-engineering the boot experience on Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release of “Gears of War 3” for the Xbox 360. Bing home page springs to life...
23 Sep 2011
Build day one news recap: Windows 8.1 Preview, new Bing apps, Sprint’s new Windows Phone 8 devices and more
Microsoft’s Build conference for developers kicked off in San Francisco today, and this morning’s keynote was packed with major news announcements from execs Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond. Here’s a recap: You can now download a free public preview of Windows...
26 Jun 2013
Reimagining the “Other” Windows
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The following is a blog post by Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business , discussing how Windows Azure is providing the critical backend capabilities developers need to create amazing new apps for Windows and Windows Phone. There has never been a more exciting...
31 Oct 2012
BUILD: New Opportunities for Developers
You may have heard that this week we’re holding an event for the developer community called BUILD. This is a big week for the company. We’re excited to talk with developers about the future of Windows and other products and tools we’re working on. We gave a sneak peek of the next...
11 Sep 2011
Weekend Reading: July 27th Edition–Announcing BUILD 2012 & Technology Upgrades for Skype
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Windows 8, BUILD 2012, new Windows Phone apps, the new Office, Skype and more. Go back to school with the best in tech. Classroom bells won’t start ringing again for a few more weeks, but it’s not too soon for students and...
27 Jul 2012
Microsoft’s new programs attract ‘bounty hunters’ who help make safer products
As long as people write code, it’s going to be imperfect. That’s where the class of security researchers colloquially known as “bug hunters” come in, and Microsoft is paying them up to $100,000 via several new bounty programs to catch vulnerabilities, discover techniques that...
31 Jul 2013
Build 2013 Day Two recap: Windows Azure Mobile Service & Windows Azure Web Sites now available, new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps and more
At Day Two of the Build 2013 conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed the thousands of developers in attendance (and thousands more online) the opportunity for creating new apps and services on the Windows platform. Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella and Corporate Vice President...
27 Jun 2013
Developers, devices and a world of opportunity
The following is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism at Microsoft. The developer ecosystem is undergoing rapid change, having grown from fewer than 20 million professional programmers just 15 years ago to more than 100 million coders...
24 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: June 28th Edition—Microsoft showcases developer opportunity for Windows platform at Build 2013
In this edition of Weekend Reading, the Build 2013 conference showed off the Windows 8.1 Preview and a bevy of other major developments, TechEd Europe continued the momentum of Microsoft’s cloud progress and a new strategic partnership emerged with Oracle. Microsoft’s Build 2013 conference...
28 Jun 2013
Get a first-hand look at the Windows 8.1 Preview today!
Today, Microsoft announced at Build 2013 that the Windows 8.1 Preview is here. Some of the new features you’ll find in the Windows 8.1 preview include two new tile sizes (large and small) and the ability to sync customizations, apps and files across all your Windows 8.1 devices. In other words...
26 Jun 2013
Announcing Build 2013
The following is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism . Editor's Update: Build 2013 is now sold out; however, we encourage those interested in the conference to join the waitlist. For those who are unable...
26 Mar 2013
Let’s get the Windows 8.1 party started
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. I’ve spent the last 48 hours or so at the Moscone Center . After the past 45 days, I bet the staff there could crank out some code on their own. As I watched our keynotes and...
28 Jun 2013
The Midweek Download: Sept. 28th Edition–Microsoft Research Turns the Big 2-0 plus Windows 8, Windows Phone, Metro Design Style & Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories about the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Research, how Nokia developers can learn Windows Phone even faster and a look at another feature of Windows 8. The magic behind the curtain: celebrating MSR’s 20th anniversary. September...
28 Sep 2011
The Midweek Download: November 7th Edition – Meet the Engineering Team Behind “Halo 4”
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the engineering team behind “Halo 4”, Windows 8 apps as a business tool and Windows Phone 8 developer news and highlights from Build 2012. Meet the ‘Halo 4’ Engineers Delivering ‘30 Seconds of Fun’...
7 Nov 2012
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