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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
Weekend Reading: May 31st Edition–A first glimpse of Windows 8.1 and the design behind Xbox One
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Windows 8.1, Office 365 Home Premium surpassing 1 million subscribers, the design behind Xbox One and more. A first glimpse of Windows 8.1. Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Program Management, on Thursday provided a...
31 May 2013
Weekend Reading: Jan. 25th Edition – The Samsung ATIV Odyssey & Nokia Lumia 822 Arrive at Verizon
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey and red-hot Nokia Lumia 822 from Verizon, the Feb. 9 arrival of Surface Windows 8 Pro, plus photography apps that will make you love your Windows Phone even more. Samsung ATIV Odyssey arrives at Verizon. Plus:...
25 Jan 2013
The Midweek Download: Nov. 21st Edition – Global Customers are Adopting Windows 8 and Windows Azure Is on a Roll
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on customers who are setting their businesses apart from the rest using Windows 8 and Windows 8 apps, some great Windows Phone developer tips, and Windows Azure SQL Database being named an Enterprise Cloud Database Leader by Forrester Research...
21 Nov 2012
Daily Update, Oct. 9th – Internet Explorer 10 Brings You Interactive Multitouch Game “Contre Jour”
Two big stories today in The Official Microsoft Blog’s Daily Update: After a busy summer with The Find , Pulse and Atari , Internet Explorer 10 today brings another well-known gaming experience to the Web in HTML5. The experience immerses users into a game rich with artistry and music, all while...
9 Oct 2012
The Midweek Download: Sept. 12th Edition – 10 Advantages of the New Office
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the new Office, Kinect for Windows, Windows 8 apps and more. Check ‘em out. Ten things you’ll never have to say with the new Office. Since the new Office launched on July 16, millions of people have downloaded the Customer...
12 Sep 2012
The Midweek Download: Sept. 5th Edition – Windows Server 2012 Launches & Kinect for Windows Heads to China
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the launch of Windows Server 2012, Kinect for Windows coming to China, new Windows 8 devices and the first wave of Xbox LIVE games coming to Windows 8. Windows Server 2012 is here...And so is the Cloud OS. Tuesday’s launch of...
5 Sep 2012
The Midweek Download: June 27th Edition–Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Social Networks Provider Yammer
The news just keeps on coming! This edition of The Midweek Download has stories on Microsoft acquiring Yammer, TechEd Europe and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft acquires Yammer. Microsoft and Yammer announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer...
27 Jun 2012
The Midweek Download: April 25th Edition–Introducing a More Muscular SkyDrive, the Latest on Windows 8, plus Windows Intune, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer 10
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got the lowdown on the new and more powerful SkyDrive, memory usage in Windows 8, what’s next for Windows Intune and a few bits and pieces for Windows Phone developers. Available now: A more powerful SkyDrive. Over the last year we’ve...
25 Apr 2012
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
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
The Midweek Download: Dec. 21st Edition–Protecting Your Digital Identity in Windows 8, plus Internet Explorer 10, Windows Phone and Windows Live
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories from Building Windows 8, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and a few others. Don’t miss ‘em. And now, these messages from Building Windows 8. If you’re looking for the latest word on Windows 8, look no further than the...
21 Dec 2011
The Midweek Download: Dec. 14th Edition–Microsoft Releases New Windows Azure Features, plus Dynamics CRM, SkyDrive and Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories about new features and functionality in Windows Azure and a few other bits and pieces. Microsoft releases new features and functionality for Windows Azure. Earlier this week, Microsoft released new features and functionally for Windows...
14 Dec 2011
The Midweek Download: Dec. 7th Edition–Microsoft Unveils the Windows Store to Developers, plus More on Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and Silverlight 5
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories for developers on the new Windows Store, Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and Silverlight. Previewing the Windows Store. On Tuesday, Microsoft gave developers their first glimpses of the Windows Store, which will make it easy for Windows...
7 Dec 2011
The Midweek Download: Nov. 16th Edition–Microsoft Unveils Intelligent Systems Product Roadmap, plus Windows 8, Nokia Research, Internet Explorer and Silverlight 5
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Windows Embedded, Windows 8, a glimpse into Nokia Research and Silverlight 5, among others. Read away! Microsoft unveils product road map for intelligent systems. For the past several months, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded business...
16 Nov 2011
Weekend Reading: Nov. 11th Edition–Microsoft Unveils a BIG Windows Phone, Announces Display Ad Deal with Yahoo! and AOL, plus Bill Gates on NUI, Windows Live and Bing
It’s been a big week for Microsoft news – literally. First, we unveiled a six-story Windows Phone in New York City’s Herald Square. Then we announced a new display advertising agreement with Yahoo! and America Online. Those and other stories are all here in the latest edition of Weekend...
11 Nov 2011
The Midweek Download: July 13th Edition–400M Windows 7 Licenses Sold, plus the Worldwide Partner Conference, Imagine Cup, Windows Phone, IE10 and Windows Azure
So far this week, the biggest stories out of Microsoft are the Worldwide Partner Conference and the 2011 Imagine Cup. Read on for those and other news bits in this week’s edition of the Midweek Download. Worldwide Partner Conference Round Up. This week, Microsoft celebrates the accomplishments...
13 Jul 2011
The Midweek Download: July 6th Edition–Developers Catch a Glimpse of IE10, Microsoft Nabs 7 IDEA Awards plus Windows Phone 7 and Office 365
The Fourth of July holiday may mean a shortened week at Microsoft, but it didn’t keep the company from making news on a number of fronts, including the next version of Internet Explorer. Second IE10 platform preview available for developers. IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen...
6 Jul 2011
Weekend Reading: April 29th Edition – Hulu Plus goes live on Xbox and IE9’s malware protection gets praise from ZDNet
MSN’s five-day forecast gives Redmond a glimmer of sunshine, but if the sun fails to make an appearance, here is a little Weekend Reading to fill up the time. Hulu Plus goes live on Xbox Live. Hulu Plus is now available on Xbox Live. The online video service will be available to all Xbox Live...
29 Apr 2011
Weekend Reading: April 15th Edition – Kinect for Windows SDK unveiled at MIX and Xbox 360 stays in the pole position
Microsoft made lots of news at the MIX 2011 show in Las Vegas this week, including announcements regarding the Kinect for Windows beta SDK, the next version of Windows Phone – codenamed Mango – and a mind-bending prototype that combines the Kinect and WorldWide Telescope technologies. ...
15 Apr 2011
The Midweek Download: March 30th Edition – A few pointers for Windows Phone developers and how the IE9 team built an energy-efficient Web browser
Lots of Microsoft news hit the wires this week for developers and tech enthusiasts. Read on to catch the skinny! Designing “hubs” on Windows Phone 7. In this March 24th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog , blogger Alfred Astort writes about designing Windows Phone apps that use “hubs”...
30 Mar 2011
Explore the Beauty of the Web with Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft launched the latest version of its immensely popular Internet Explorer Web browser at 9 p.m. PT on Monday. The launch was announced at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download at Beauty of the Web and promises...
15 Mar 2011
Weekend Reading: March 11th Edition – Xbox 360 & Kinect Kick You Know What, a little March Madness and the Beauty of the Web
Next week marks the start of March Madness, that time of year when productivity falls through the floor as people are glued to the television and Internet to see how their favorite teams are doing. Microsoft has a few offerings to keep college hoops fanatics satisfied – check ‘em out below...
12 Mar 2011
The Midweek Download: Feb. 23rd Edition – Kinect for Windows, Craig Mundie, Bing, Silverlight and More
By far, the biggest news out of Microsoft for developers this week is the announcement of the forthcoming Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit. However, a number of other important technology stories are percolating just below the surface of the big news. Kinect for Windows SDK. Microsoft announced...
23 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
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