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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
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
Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 Unveiled
The Kinect for Windows team unveiled Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 at the Engadget Expand event this past weekend. The latest iteration is the result of thousands of hours of work since the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK v. 1 and comes with a host of cool new capabilities. Next at Microsoft...
18 Mar 2013
The Midweek Download: Jan. 23rd Edition – Eight Tips for Designing Windows Phone Apps
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the latest release of Try F#, the Windows Startup Challenge, plus how to design, optimize and submit your Windows Phone apps – tools and tips you’ll want to use. Eight tips for designing Windows Phone apps. As part of...
23 Jan 2013
The Midweek Download: Jan. 16th Edition – Delivering on the Cloud OS & the ‘Next App Star’ Contest Kicks Off
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the Cloud OS and the opportunity it brings enterprise customers and IT managers, retailers connecting with customers using Windows 8 apps, plus a shot at seeing your app featured in a Windows Phone TV ad through the Next App Star contest...
16 Jan 2013
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
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
Weekend Reading: July 13th Edition–Microsoft Unveils Kinect PlayFit and Launches the Bing Fund
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Kinect PlayFit, the new Bing Fund and a final look at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Burn calories on Kinect, track them With Kinect PlayFit. At last, a high score your doctor will applaud. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled Kinect...
13 Jul 2012
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
The Midweek Download: May 30th Edition–Kinect Gets Accelerated and Herbalife Chooses Windows Azure
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories about the Kinect Accelerator, Herbalife’s decision to host its global distributors’ websites on Windows Azure and the impacts of Windows XP migration. Kinect for Windows get accelerated in Seattle. The Kinect Accelerator...
30 May 2012
The Midweek Download: May 2nd Edition–Windows Phone Marketplace News, Kinect Wins a Design Award, a New Blog for Windows 8 App Developers plus Visual Studio Achievements & More
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on changes and improvements in the Windows Phone Marketplace, Kinect and Kinect SDK winning the Design of the Year award and a new blog for Windows 8 app developers. Changes and improvements in the Windows Phone Marketplace. In this...
2 May 2012
Xbox 360 Maintains Lead in U.S. Console Market in January, Ends 2011 as No. 1 Console Worldwide
Kicking off 2012, Xbox 360 continues to lead the console market, turning in another month as the best-selling console in the U.S. NPD highlights from January include: · Xbox 360 sold more than 270,000 units in January, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. This marks the thirteenth...
9 Feb 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
The Midweek Download: Jan. 11th–Kinect for Windows Coming Feb. 1, New Markets for Windows Phone Devs, plus Windows 8, Windows Azure and Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, the first of 2012, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows, new markets for Windows Phone developers and a few new posts from Building Windows 8. Check ‘em out! Kinect for Windows coming Feb. 1. Earlier this week at the 2012 International Consumer...
11 Jan 2012
Top Official Microsoft Blog Posts of 2011
It’s that time of year again, when people naturally look back on all that’s happened in the last 12 months and try to take stock of it all. We do the same thing here at Microsoft. Here’s a list of the top 10 posts that were published on The Official Microsoft Blog in 2011, ranked...
30 Dec 2011
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: 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
Weekend Reading: Oct. 21st Edition–Microsoft “Kinects” with Sesame Street & NatGeo, plus new Windows Phones and a Cool Microsoft Research Project
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got Kinect and Xbox 360 news, a sneak peek at new Windows Phones from the All Things D Asia conference and a look into a cool new project at Microsoft Research. Microsoft teams up with Sesame Street and National Geographic for a little playful learning...
21 Oct 2011
Microsoft & Partners Introduce New Era of Interactive Entertainment
Of all the screens in our lives, the TV has changed the least – until now. Watch TV. Turn the knob. Grab the remote. Put in a (tape/disc). Stream something. A few months ago, I said (to paraphrase), prepare for the world to change. Today, it changes. For context, a couple years back, we used...
5 Oct 2011
Weekend Reading: June 17th Edition–Kinect for Windows SDK is here plus Office 2010, Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Microsoft Research
Microsoft made news on multiple fronts this week, including three big ones – the Kinect for Windows SDK, the one-year anniversary of Office 2010 and Xbox 360. Here’s the round up: Kinect for Windows SDK is here! On Thursday, Microsoft announced the arrival of the Kinect for Windows...
17 Jun 2011
Xbox: Now That’s Entertainment
In the ongoing quest for a metaphor that illustrates slow versus rapid change, it’s hard to top the boiled frog. You know the one – drop a frog in hot water and out it leaps; place it in cold water and put it on the stove and the frog will sit there and cook. Atlantic writer and one-time...
31 May 2011
Weekend Reading: April 8th Edition – Gartner predicts Windows Phone will overtake iPhone by 2015
Lots of great Microsoft news from all across the company this week, including yet another prediction from an independent research firm that Windows Phone will continue to grab a bigger piece of the worldwide market for smartphones. Also, Microsoft announced a new deal with Japanese automaker Toyota Motor...
8 Apr 2011
Microsoft Announces U.S. Finalists for Imagine Cup 2011
Today, Microsoft announced the 2011 U.S. Imagine Cup finalists, some of whom will go on to represent the United States in the global competition in July in New York City. You can read about all of the U.S. finalists on the Microsoft Tech Student page on Facebook. This is the first year the Worldwide...
23 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
Microsoft Welcomes the Boys & Girls Club to CES 2011
Microsoft blog editor
Here at CES 2011, I’m struck by how natural and intuitive technology is today. The sound of your voice can cue a game to begin, and the touch of a finger can bring up Bing on a Windows 7 PC. Microsoft is turning science fiction into science fact, something that’s amazing to an adult like...
7 Jan 2011
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