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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. 9th Edition – 60M Windows 8 Licenses Sold
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Windows 8 momentum, Windows Phone 8 app development and NUI. Check ‘em out! Windows 8 – 60M licenses sold. On Tuesday at the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial...
9 Jan 2013
Weekend Reading: Jan. 4th Edition – MSN’s Top Stories of 2012 & the Windy City Adopts Office 365
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on MSN’s top news stories of 2012, the City of Chicago adopting Office 365 for 30,000 employees, great Windows Phone apps for the new year and more. MSN’s top news stories of 2012. What would happen if Honey Boo-Boo entered a...
4 Jan 2013
Microsoft, Fashion and Technology
One of the most fun parts of my role at Microsoft is exploring trends in technology and the role Microsoft is playing. In the past on this blog I have talked about trends such as Natural User Interface . Over the past year, the convergence of fashion and technology is a trend on the rise. There...
7 Sep 2012
The Midweek Download: July 18th Edition–Microsoft Unveils the Office Customer Preview & “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Microsoft raising the curtain on the new Office Customer Preview, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”, the launch of Microsoft Streets & Tips 2013 and more. Microsoft unveils the new Office. On Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve...
18 Jul 2012
The Midweek Download: April 4th Edition–Adding Dazzle to Live Augmented Reality with Kinect, SQL Server 2012 is Released, plus Windows 8, Windows Phone & a Silicon Valley News Roundup
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on SQL Server 2012’s general availability, touch hardware and Windows 8, Windows Phone and the latest news from the Silicon Valley. Check ‘em out. Live augmented reality with Kinect. Technology, Entertainment, Design released...
4 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: March 16th Edition–Learn the Ways of the Force with Kinect Star Wars, Explore the Galaxy with NUIverse, plus Internet Explorer & Bing
This edition of Weekend Reading is a sci-fi fan’s dream. We’ve got stories on the upcoming “Kinect Star Wars” game, a really cool Microsoft Technology Center project called NUIverse and a humorous look at the burgeoning popularity of Internet Explorer 9. Don’t miss ‘em...
16 Mar 2012
A Better Way to Get Home
Today, Microsoft announced an agreement with 24/7 Inc. which I believe will redefine what customer service looks like. We’ve come a long way towards improving everyday life using technology, but there is always more we can do. The modern consumer, and I count myself in these ranks, is evolving...
7 Feb 2012
The Midweek Download: Feb. 1st Edition–File Management in Windows 8, Two Microsoft Research Profiles, plus Windows Phone, Internet Explorer & Windows Azure
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got developer stories on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Internet Explorer and Windows Azure, plus two cool Microsoft Research profiles. New on Building Windows 8: Acting on file management feedback. Building Windows 8 previously published three blog...
1 Feb 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 Midweek Download: Nov. 23rd Edition–Improving the Setup in Windows 8, A Year of NUI on Next plus Windows Phone, Internet Explorer and SkyDrive
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got new stories on Windows 8, Windows Phone, SkyDrive and Internet Explorer. Improving the setup experience in Windows 8. “Installing Windows is a complex operation that provides an incredibly unique capability—the ability to run a new...
23 Nov 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
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
Feeling the Kinect Effect
When Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360 one year ago this week, our initial focus was controller-free games and entertainment. Once only the stuff of science fiction, Kinect became a phenomenon across the globe . Within the first 60 days, Kinect sold more than 8 million sensors, setting the Guinness...
31 Oct 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
Behind the Scenes of NUI at Microsoft
I’ve talked on a number of occasions on The Official Microsoft Blog about Natural User Interface (NUI) and the transformational effect this will have on how we interact with technology in the years to come. Kinect is one technology that pushes the boundaries of how we can build more natural ways...
17 Oct 2011
The Midweek Download: Oct. 5th Edition–A Look at the Start Screen in Windows 8, plus Windows Phone 7.5 Developer News, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Azure
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got new stories from Building Windows 8, a few news bytes for Windows Phone developers, plus more on BUILD, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Azure. The Start screen in Windows 8. Earlier this week, the Windows team kicked of a series of posts on...
5 Oct 2011
The Midweek Download: Sept. 28th Edition–Microsoft Research Turns the Big 2-0 plus Windows 8, Windows Phone, Metro Design Style & Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories about the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Research, how Nokia developers can learn Windows Phone even faster and a look at another feature of Windows 8. The magic behind the curtain: celebrating MSR’s 20th anniversary. September...
28 Sep 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
Microsoft: Springing Forward
Microsoft blog editor
A week ago, we moved our clocks forward here in the U.S., following our “spring forward/fall back” mantra of daylight saving time . We lost an hour, which always makes me grumpy, but it also means spring is near, with longer and brighter days ahead. This is the time of year at Microsoft where...
20 Mar 2011
The Midweek Download: March 16th Edition – Ben the PC Guy reviews the Dell Vostro v130 and two wicked cool videos from Corning and Silverlight
Hopefully, the news regarding the launch of Internet Explorer 9 hasn’t satisfied your thirst for technology stories coming out of Microsoft this week, because plenty of other stuff happened at the company. Without further ado, here is the latest edition of the Midweek Download: New content...
16 Mar 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
The Power and Future of LightSpace — It’s Just Natural
Microsoft blog editor
Hello … I’m Steve Clayton and this is the first in a series of posts you’ll see from me spotlighting the trends, ideas, products and people behind the technology as well as our vision for the future of technology at Microsoft. I’m passionate about uncovering the invention, creativity...
4 Oct 2010
2010 Shaping Up As Big Year for Speech Recognition
Microsoft blog editor
2010 looks like another major year in technology. One clear trend is the focus on more natural ways of interacting with computers, in essence making technology more approachable to more people. The idea that computers can understand how to use our eyes, our voices, our ears and our movements to interact...
11 Mar 2010
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