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Weekend Reading: March 14th Edition — ‘Titanfall’ makes landfall
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the launch of “Titanfall” on Xbox One, Office 365 Personal will be offered and Microsoft in Education’s continuing commitment to student privacy rights. “Titanfall,” the game that really is larger than...
14 Mar 2014
'Titanfall' now available on Xbox One
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
As the clock struck midnight on March 11, stores around the world began selling “Titanfall,” Microsoft’s new next-gen shooter that combines wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. As Xbox Live’s...
11 Mar 2014
Weekend Reading: March 7th Edition—Customers shine at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 and SharePoint conference
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the annual Microsoft Dynamics Convergence and SharePoint conferences, profiles on five dynamic women in honor of International Women’s Day and the buzz building up to the March 11 release of “Titanfall.” The Microsoft...
7 Mar 2014
Weekend Reading: Feb. 14th Edition—Make Valentine’s Day memorable with Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on making Valentine’s Day memorable using apps, the continuing commitment to empowering youth through YouthSpark initiatives and tips to stay safer online. The international day of love celebration known as Valentine’s Day inspired...
14 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 31st Edition—Get ready for Sunday’s big game with apps, videos and Bing searches
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on apps and other ways to get ready for Sunday’s big game, Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom (an interactive city panorama created by a Microsoft Research team) and an artist who’s found that the Surface 2 hits the sweet spot for work, school...
31 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 24th Edition – Kinect for Windows is helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s datacenter project will use fuel cells and Zippo chooses Microsoft Dynamics AX
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s Data Center plant project in Wyoming looking to bring a power plant inside the datacenter, and historic company Zippo Manufacturing Co. planning for the future using Microsoft...
24 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 17th Edition— Microsoft devices and services open new doors at the National Retail Federation convention
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s presence at the National Retail Federation convention, the company’s partnership with GoDaddy and how Office 365 is among the services companies such as RCS MediaGroup and Coles are using to modernize communications...
17 Jan 2014
NPD numbers: Xbox One leads in December
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
December NPD Group figures released Thursday revealed Xbox One was the No. 1 selling console in the market in the U.S., selling 908,000 units in December. Additionally, Xbox 360 continued to see strong momentum with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No. 3 spot overall, and lead for last...
16 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 10th Edition – New Windows devices unveiled at CES 2014 and Xbox One sales hit 3M consoles sold
Gavin Gear, of the Extreme Windows Blog, with Panasonic’s 20-inch Toughpad 4k tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some of the exciting new PCs and tablets unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Xbox One...
10 Jan 2014
The NFL on Xbox One and Surface: Your own personal gridiron
Quarterbacks rely on receiving a reliable snap as the first step toward a first down – and eventually a touchdown – every time they run a play. Now with the recently released Xbox One , armchair quarterbacks around the country have a true game-changer: being able to “snap” official...
30 Dec 2013
Weekend Reading: Dec. 20th Edition–‘Biggest holiday season yet’ for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the momentum building behind Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app downloads, how Bing broke out of the (search) box in 2013 and a Microsoft researcher who uses data to power his predictions. Buoyed by new gift cards and other promotions...
20 Dec 2013
Weekend Reading: Nov. 15th Edition– An exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new cybercrime-fighting HQ
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s digital detectives, the all-in-one Xbox One and Windows 8.1 updates on the Windows Store. You got an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime . Using speed and...
15 Nov 2013
Windows Phone 8 apps and games galore announced at Nokia World
The news that an official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 will be available “in the coming weeks” may dominate the headlines coming out of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, but the fact is, a whole bevy of great apps and games for Windows Phone 8 were announced. Some of the ones that...
22 Oct 2013
Weekend Reading: July 19th Edition—Touch-enabled ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ game app arrives on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
The latest installment in the Halo franchise is available exclusively on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Released yesterday, “Halo: Spartan Assault” is a new top-down shooter designed specifically for touch devices. The highly anticipated game features simple controls and a more casual...
19 Jul 2013
Weekend Reading: July 12th Edition—Worldwide Partner Conference focuses on cloud solutions and Windows 8
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we take you to Houston for the Worldwide Partner Conference, then introduce the global CityNext initiative and the groundbreaking Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8 device. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference showcased cloud computing and big data and updates...
12 Jul 2013
Weekend Reading: June 7th Edition – New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013
This edition of Weekend Reading gives you insights from COMPUTEX 2013 and TechEd 2013, the big scoop about a cybercrime operation that stole half a billion dollars and a first for the “Halo” franchise. New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013 . COMPUTEX 2013 in Taipei...
7 Jun 2013
Crush Your Enemies and Become Supreme Ruler of the Galaxy with “Galactic Reign”
Experience epic battles in a quest to conquer the galaxy in Galactic Reign, a game of tactics and strategy for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and the latest App of the Week featured on the Microsoft News Center . Assemble a fleet of starships and take command, and then choose a species to man the ships...
14 Mar 2013
Daily Update, Sept. 28th – Behind the Scenes VIDEO of Upcoming Forza Horizon for Xbox 360
In today’s edition of the Daily Update, we’ve got two items: one for gamers and one for developers. Check ‘em out: · Anyone who reads Next at Microsoft knows that blog editor Steve Clayton is a HUGE fan of Forza Motorsport. Head on over to Next to see a slick new video...
28 Sep 2012
Weekend Reading: Aug. 31st Edition – Atari Classics Get Re-imagined for Touch Screen & Friends’ Facebook Photos Come to Bing
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on classic Atari video games being re-imagined on Internet Explorer, the new Friends Facebook photo feature on Bing, and, just in case you missed it, the first Windows Phone 8 device from Samsung. Touch Centipede, Asteroids bring nostalgia...
31 Aug 2012
Weekend Reading: Aug. 17th Edition - Bing App for Windows 8 Introduced & Artist Series Mice Unveiled
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we have stories on back-to-school shopping, Skype tips for avoiding e-mail scams and phishing and a look at the Bing app for Windows 8. Bing introduces app for Windows 8. “We’ve completely re-imagined search for the new experiences of Windows 8,”...
17 Aug 2012
Xbox 360 Continues Run as No. 1 U.S. Console in March
Xbox 360 continued to hold the number one spot in the U.S., selling more units in March than any other console. It was the Xbox 360’s fifteenth consecutive month as the best-selling console in the U.S. Below is a screenshot from "Mass Effect 3", one of the top-selling games in March. NPD...
12 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: March 2nd Edition–The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is Here, Windows Phone and Skype News from Mobile World Congress, plus MSN Editions & Xbox 360
It’s been a big week for Microsoft on numerous fronts. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the Windows 8 consumer preview, Windows Phone and Skype news from Mobile World Congress, plus Bing, MSN and a new Xbox 360 bundle. Check ‘em out! Microsoft announces...
2 Mar 2012
Weekend Reading: Jan. 6th Edition–CES 2012 is Almost Here, Microsoft Flight Will Come to Windows in the Spring & the Story of CodeFlow
Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Weekend Reading for 2012. In this edition, we’ve got stories on the upcoming 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Flight, CodeFlow, Bing and a few others. Catch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote at CES. You can watch...
6 Jan 2012
No. 1 U.S. Console Streak Continues for Xbox 360 with Biggest October Ever
Xbox 360 turned in the most successful October on record, maintaining its lead in the current-generation console market for 16 out of the last 17 months. October 2011 highlights from The NPD Group, an independent market research firm that tracks the digital entertainment industry, include: ·...
11 Nov 2011
Microsoft E3 2011 Roundup–Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, UFC and YouTube on Xbox Live and Bing Voice Search on Kinect
Microsoft kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles on Monday with an intense presentation of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the next installment in the hit game franchise. Want to know how intense? Check out this video in the Xbox newsroom on the Microsoft News Center . In addition...
7 Jun 2011
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