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The Midweek Download: Aug. 1st Edition–Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the debut of Outlook.com, new Windows 8 devices from Microsoft Hardware and more. Introducing Outlook.com. Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone . And we described new apps for...
1 Aug 2012
Introducing Outlook.com – Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes
Recently, we talked about how we’ve reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone . And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive , and how cloud services power the new Office Preview , We’ve also been hard at work on a mission to reimagine personal email –...
31 Jul 2012
Weekend Reading: July 20th Edition–Windows 8 Becomes Available on Oct. 26 & Microsoft Welcomes Yammer into the Family
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on when Windows 8 will be available, Microsoft welcoming Yammer into the Office Division, four great Windows Phone apps for the London Olympics and more. Windows 8 will be available on Oct. 26. Earlier this week, Windows and Windows Live...
20 Jul 2012
ICANN’s “gTLD Reveal Day” is Another Step in the Internet’s Evolution
Craig Mundie In 2008, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, the non-profit corporation charged with coordinating the Internet’s naming system and ensuring the stability and security of the Internet), approved a plan to launch new generic Top Level Domains ...
14 Jun 2012
Weekend Reading: Feb. 3rd Edition–Don’t Miss the Kinect Super Sunday Challenge, the New Version of Skype for Windows, plus Windows Phone, Bing & MSN
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the Kinect Super Sunday Challenge, a new version of Skype for Windows, a collection of Windows Phone news bits and some alternative products for those concerned with some of the changes Google has made to its privacy policies. Check out...
3 Feb 2012
Looking for Options? Try the Dynamic Duo of IE9 and Bing
For the last couple of days we’ve been running a series of Microsoft advertisements in some major newspapers, focused on some key differences between some Google products and practices and some Microsoft products and services. This conversation was really spurred by some pretty unpopular changes...
3 Feb 2012
Gmail and Google Apps Got You Down? Try Hotmail & Office 365
As I mentioned on this blog yesterday, we’ve placed a series of ads in some major newspapers this week to reach out to people who are concerned or frustrated by some of Google’s recently announced changes to their products and policies. Specifically, we’re doing this to remind those...
2 Feb 2012
Gone Google? Got Concerns? We Have Alternatives
During the last week or so, there has been a fair amount of discussion about how Google is making some unpopular changes to some of its most popular products. You can see some of the concerns and worries about lack of choice and so on in these links. When we read the coverage last week, it was clear...
1 Feb 2012
Weekend Reading: Dec. 16th Edition–Nokia’s First Windows Phone Set to Hit the U.S. in January, plus Skype, 11 Microsoft Milestones in 2011, Hotmail & MSN
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the first Windows Phone from Nokia coming to the U.S., Skype, 10 new reasons to love Hotmail and MSN. Nokia Lumia 710 coming to T-Mobile in January. Nokia’s first U.S. Windows Phone—the Lumia 710—lands at T-Mobile...
16 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Dec. 9th Edition–Xbox LIVE Gets a New Look, Microsoft and GE Team Up on Healthcare, plus “Ellen”, Windows Phone, Hotmail and MSN
This edition of Weekend Reading has stories on Xbox 360, Microsoft’s new joint venture with GE, Windows Phone and several products recently featured on “Ellen”. Remember, only 15 shopping days left till Christmas, folks! A big week for Xbox 360. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled...
9 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Nov. 4th Edition–Experiencing the “Kinect Effect”, plus Microsoft Research, Windows Phone, Bing and Hotmail
This edition of Weekend Reading features three stories in which Microsoft Research played a significant role – the “Kinect Effect,” the DREAM controller and PreHeat. We’ve also got stories on Windows Phone, Bing and Hotmail. Don’t miss ‘em! Feeling the “Kinect...
4 Nov 2011
Weekend Reading: Oct. 7th Edition–European Commission Approves Skype Acquisition, Microsoft Announces a Slew of Live TV Partners for Xbox 360, plus Windows phone 7.5 and Hotmail
It was a big week at Microsoft to say the least. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got news stories about Skype, Xbox 360, Hotmail and Windows Phone 7.5. Check ‘em out. European Commission approves Skype acquisition. Last May, Microsoft and Skype Global S.à r.l announced...
7 Oct 2011
Why Now is the Time to Take Another Look at Hotmail
Over the past year and a half, the Hotmail team has worked extremely hard to release both improvements to the service and completely new features that help people work through their e-mail quicker. Unquestionably, we’re all extremely proud of the product we’ve created – today more...
6 Oct 2011
Weekend Reading: Sept. 9th Edition–Xbox 360 Stays No. 1 in the U.S., Microsoft Shows How Twitter Will Work in Windows Phone “Mango”, plus Lync for Mac and Hotmail
This week’s edition of Weekend Reading has stories on Xbox 360; how Twitter will work in the next version of the Windows Phone mobile platform; two new surveys on science, technology, engineering and math education and more. Check ‘em out! Xbox 360 continues to rule the console market...
9 Sep 2011
Weekend Reading: Aug. 19th Edition–The Future of the Living Room Entertainment, Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone, plus Hotmail and Internet Explorer
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s vision for the future of the living room, Xbox LIVE features coming to Windows Phone, Hotmail and even a Microsoft employee who built a thermonuclear reactor in his garage in an attempt to inspire a passion for science in...
19 Aug 2011
Weekend Reading: July 15th Edition–Imagine Cup Winners Revealed, Xbox 360 Stays No. 1 plus WPC, SkyDrive, Bing and Windows Phone
This week, Microsoft announced the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup and held the Worldwide Partner Conference, a four-day event in Los Angeles for the company’s more than 640,000 global partners. On Thursday, it was also announced that the Xbox 360 maintained its position as the number one console...
15 Jul 2011
Weekend Reading: July 8th Edition–More Windows Phone “Mango” news plus the Rustock botnet, Hotmail, Windows Live Essentials, Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partners Conference
Today in Weekend Reading, we’ve got a bevy of great stories for you – everything from Windows Phone to progress on the Rustock spambot to an inspiring story about a visually impaired Microsoft employee who recently broke both the women’s and men’s world records for blind ironman...
8 Jul 2011
Hotmail Still New and Cool–Even After 15 Years
This past Monday on the Fourth of July, Hotmail celebrated its 15th anniversary. Make no mistake - Hotmail has come a long way in those 15 years , and to commemorate a number of important milestones over the last several months, we thought we'd show off a list of 15 insanely cool things you might not...
5 Jul 2011
500 million friends against child exploitation
Today marks a significant milestone in the ongoing fight against the abuse of Internet technology for the heinous sexual victimization of the most innocent in our society. As you may have read in the New York Times , Facebook is joining Microsoft in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s...
19 May 2011
Weekend Reading: April 22nd Edition – Microsoft & Nokia finalize a mobile partnership and Bing helps you sift through those daily deals
Lots of news coming out of Microsoft this week, including the signing of the Microsoft-Nokia deal first announced on Feb. 11th and a new feature in the fast-growing Bing search engine designed to help people sift through and find the best daily deals available. Microsoft and Nokia cement new partnership...
22 Apr 2011
The Midweek Download: April 20th Edition – Office 365 public beta released and Microsoft’s quest for greener data centers
This week’s Midweek Download covers the release of the Office 365 public beta, Microsoft’s efforts toward creating a greener data center and a few other news tidbits. Office 365 hits public beta. Microsoft announced Sunday that the public beta of Microsoft Office 365 , the company’s...
20 Apr 2011
Weekend Reading: April 1st Edition – ESPN ScoreCenter goes live on Windows Phone and Hotmail goes interactive with NetFlix and LinkedIn
This week at Microsoft, the Windows Phone team announced the availability of the ESPN ScoreCenter app for sports fans just in time for the return of the boys of summer. Also this week, Microsoft held the Imagine 2011 advertising summit and introduced a bevy of new features for Hotmail. ESPN ScoreCenter...
1 Apr 2011
Weekend Reading: Feb. 25th Edition – A New Sprint Windows Phone and More NUI Technology with Craig Mundie
MSN’s five-day weather forecast for the Seattle area isn’t pretty, so I’ve done my best to dig up the most compelling stories coming out of Microsoft for today’s edition of Weekend Reading. For those who have decided not to brave the elements, grab a cup of coffee or tea and...
25 Feb 2011
Weekend Reading: Feb. 18th Edition – The New Bing Bar, MSN Video for Windows Phone, PC Mag’s Rave Review of Hotmail, Windows 7 and More
You’d think after announcing a major new partnership with Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia that Microsoft would take a day off, but that’s just not the case. Big announcements this week continue to pour out of Bing, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone 7 and Dynamics CRM, just to name a few....
18 Feb 2011
The Midweek Download: Feb. 9th Edition – Windows Phone 7, Internet Explorer 9 Tries to Break the Sound Barrier, Hotmail and More
Posted by Jeff Meisner Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs Microsoft is a big place with lots of technology stories to tell. The Midweek Download will focus on news coming out of Microsoft’s technology groups, as well as those stories that might not garner the attention of the media and the technology...
9 Feb 2011
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