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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
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: April 20th Edition–Master Chief Returns in “Halo 4”, the Latest on Windows 8 & Don’t Miss “The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator”
We’ve got an action-packed edition of Weekend Reading for you today, with stories on the return of Master Chief in “Halo 4”, the latest word on Windows 8, a few tips to help you get the most out of your Nokia Lumia 900 and a wicked cool interactive comic book collaboration called "The...
20 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: June 29th Edition–Office 365 Celebrates its First Birthday & a Sneak Peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Office 365, a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen and details on Xbox 360’s presence at the 42nd annual Comic-Con in San Diego. Microsoft Office 365: A big year in review. One...
29 Jun 2012
Xbox 360 Takes the No. 1 Console Spot in the U.S. - Again
Xbox 360 is on a serious roll. Today, Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 continued its reign over its competitors in September and has now sold more units in the U.S. than any other console for 15 of the past 16 months. The popular digital entertainment system is now poised to finish 2011 as the...
13 Oct 2011
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: 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
Poll: What Xbox 360 Game Are You Most Jazzed About this Holiday Season?
The holidays are upon us, which means lots of new exciting game titles for the hit Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360 gaming systems. What we at Microsoft want to know is, what game do you hope to unwrap this holiday season? <a href="http://www.zoomerang.com/">Online Surveys - Zoomerang.com<...
12 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Oct. 26th Edition – Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface Launch, Windows Phone 8 Press Event is Set for Monday
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, gearing up for Monday’s big Windows Phone 8 event, plus Forza Horizon arrives and Halo 4 sweetens the pot. Windows 8 arrives. Microsoft yesterday announced the global availability of its popular...
26 Oct 2012
New look for Xbox 360: smaller, sleeker and available now
Whether you’re updating your Xbox console system or have waited this long to get one, the newest Xbox 360 will satisfy the gamers in your life. Xbox 360, which has sold more than 76 million consoles worldwide, has a sleek, more compact design that aligns with the new Xbox One family. “Xbox...
10 Jun 2013
Daily Update, Oct. 5th – Watch Episode One of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Two great stories from Microsoft today: First: Halo fans, it’s finally here – Episode one of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. You can watch it over on Halo Waypoint . Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a live-action digital series that takes you back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war...
5 Oct 2012
A Pretty Great Autumn – But The Votes are Just Coming In
Here in the States, we just wrapped up the elections. It’s an exciting time where you’re reminded of what a great thing it is to be part of a process and have a voice in your government. The time leading up to the elections is always very busy, with a flurry of activity from the candidates...
8 Nov 2012
Reimagining the “Other” Windows
Microsoft blog editor
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
Weekend Reading: August 30th Edition–Windows 8.1 releases to hardware partners
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we cover the release of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers, bring you lots of back to school excitement through Windows Phone specials and look ahead to this weekend’s PAX Prime 2013 gaming show in Seattle. Windows 8.1 continued its momentum with the release of...
30 Aug 2013
The Microsoft Guide to Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
The office hallways are starting to empty out, the kids are out of school for the holiday break and there’s a festive feeling in the air. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, it can be easy to get a little frantic. But as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says: “...
20 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: June 8th Edition–An E3 News Roundup & A Close Look at the Nokia Lumia 900 Limited Edition “Batphone”
It only comes once a year, but here is your Weekend Reading: The E3 Edition – bringing you all the highlights from the Los Angeles entertainment expo. We’ve also got stories on the limited edition Nokia Lumia 900 “Batphone”, the FAA choosing Office 365 for e-mail and collaboration...
8 Jun 2012
Weekend Reading: August 23rd Edition–gamescom reveals Xbox exclusive titles and features
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll show you how Xbox wowed Europe at gamescom with a bevy of games and features, share the latest “On the Whiteboard” about an Oscar-winning visual effects company, and bring you a great development for Outlook.com – the worldwide availability...
23 Aug 2013
Meet the ‘Halo 4’ Engineers Delivering ‘30 Seconds of Fun’ – Early and Often
On Dec. 7, Halo 4 won two awards at the Spike TV Video Game Awards – Best Graphics and Best Xbox 360 Game. And on Sunday, Halo 4 won three more at the Inside Gaming Awards , including the top prize – Game of the Year – as well as Best Competitive Multiplayer and Best Sound Design. ...
10 Dec 2012
Weekend Reading: Nov. 1st Edition–Diving deeper into Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
In this extra-spooky edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on what went into creating the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, the introduction of Microsoft Stories and OneNote celebrating its 10 th anniversary. Since the Oct. 21 launch of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, they’ve been...
1 Nov 2013
Weekend Reading: Oct 12th Edition – Lenovo PCs Get Flexible With Windows 8 & T-Mobile Adds the Nokia Lumia 810
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got more news on Windows Phone 8 devices, the Halo 4 frenzy continues and a video of two slick Lenovo Windows 8 PCs. Windows 8 on Lenovo’s Yoga. Next at Microsoft Editor Steve Clayton files this video in the “too good not to share”...
12 Oct 2012
Microsoft’s Setting a Blistering Pace this Summer
Like many people, I’ve been enjoying the Olympics so far. Great opening ceremony, great competition… And watching the swimming, football, gymnastics is all a blast. But I have to say that as a runner, I’m looking forward to track and field getting started. And as a runner, it was inspiring...
2 Aug 2012
‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in July
The next installment in the Halo franchise will be available exclusively for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Launching in July, Xbox Wire notes that it’s the first Halo game created for touch-based devices. “Halo: Spartan Assault” is a top-down shooter featuring simple controls and...
4 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: Jan. 18th Edition – 'Spartan Ops' Continues, Bing Dials Up the Social in Search & More
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Bing bringing your friends’ two cents to search results, the highly anticipated return of Spartan Ops Season 1 and the new Priceline Express Deals app for Windows Phone. The second half of Spartan Ops Season 1 returns on Jan. 21...
18 Jan 2013
Weekend Reading: Dec. 21st Edition – Bing Puts the Spotlight on Images, Xbox Windows Phone Favorites on Sale and the Year in Review on MSN
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Image Search design in Bing, Windows Phone game deals, and some cool things Microsoft is doing to support global language and help preserve disappearing languages. Modern image search arrives on Bing. A few months ago, we launched...
21 Dec 2012
Weekend Reading: Nov. 9th Edition – Apps for PCs and Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8 Preorders Begin
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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on apps – find ‘em, get ‘em, build ‘em – including new favorites for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, plus a peek behind the scenes of a Microsoft Store opening. AT&T sales begin today, Verizon Wireless taking...
9 Nov 2012
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