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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
The best in devices and services, together as Xbox One
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. Yesterday was a lot of fun. Watching the Xbox team put the new Xbox One through its paces, hearing the reaction in the room and on Twitter, seeing all the work that people put in come...
22 May 2013
Weekend Reading: May 3rd Edition–Outlook.com hits 400M active accounts, adds new features
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on new features in Outlook.com, the release of the “Star Trek Into Darkness” app for Windows Phone (among a bevy of new apps made available this week), Bing Rewards expanding to MSN and a hilarious new Windows Phone ad. Check ‘em...
3 May 2013
Welcome to the People Party
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft . I tuned into the coverage of the Facebook Home event yesterday and actually had to check my calendar a few times. Not to see if it was still April Fools Day, but to see if it was...
5 Apr 2013
Weekend Reading: April 5th Edition – The Outlook.com Calendar Gets a Refresh
In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the refreshed Outlook.com Calendar service, an update for Skype for Windows 8 and a major Skype milestone and an update to Visual Studio 2012. The Outlook.com Calendar gets a refresh. On Tuesday, we released a new, modern...
5 Apr 2013
Skype Hits 2 Billion Minutes Per Day
Skype has hit a major milestone – Skype users are now spending 2 billion minutes per day connecting with one another! Just how big is 2 billion minutes? Take a gander at the infographic below to find out. 2 billion minutes infographic by Skype “Two billion minutes is a testament...
3 Apr 2013
Skype for Windows 8 Gets an Update
We recently released an updated version of Skype for Windows 8 that gives our users higher control over who can contact them by adding the ability to block contacts, as well as other performance improvements. Additional enhancements include improved loading speed and reliability across the application...
1 Apr 2013
Weekend Reading, March 29th Edition – Microsoft Announces Build 2013
In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Build 2013, updates to the Mail, Calendar and People apps on Windows, a musical Skype masterpiece, the first WE Day in American history and more. Announcing Build 2013. Earlier this week, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice...
29 Mar 2013
Skype Teams with Grammy Winner Eric Whitacre to Make Beautiful Music at TED2013
If there’s an equation for creating a virtual musical experience for the ages, then Grammy award winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre may have found it: · One hundred live choir members made up of singers from choirs at California State University, Long Beach Campus, California...
22 Mar 2013
Weekend Reading: March 8th Edition – Get a Glimpse Into the Future of Technology at TechFest 2013
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we have stories from TechFest 2013, new Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps such as Real Soccer 2013 and Next Issue, Office 2013 and more. From TechFest 2013: Microsoft Research’s FetchClimate helps predict weather patterns and forest fires. One of the stand...
8 Mar 2013
Future of Communications: Rehumanizing the Experience from the Living Room to the Boardroom
The following is a post from Tony Bates , President, Skype Division at Microsoft. I’m excited to be in San Diego today giving the inaugural Lync Conference keynote address. We have a sold out show with our growing community of customers, partners and Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). Key...
19 Feb 2013
Weekend Reading: Feb. 1st Edition – Get Ready for the Big Game with Five Cool Sports Apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on sports apps for the big game on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox, the release of Office 365 Home Premium and more. Game on: Five winning sports apps. Sunday’s football championship game is the first big adrenaline-rush sporting...
1 Feb 2013
Daily Update, Jan. 17th – Bing Expands Social Search & Lady Gaga Chats With Fans on Skype
One of the advantages of searching with Bing is the ability to tap into the wisdom of friends and experts in the social sidebar, and starting today you will see an average of five times more Facebook content in the sidebar , including status updates, shared links, comments and photos from your friends...
17 Jan 2013
Daily Update, Jan. 10th – Microsoft Hires Tech Entrepreneur Blake Krikorian, Introduces Skype 6.1 for Windows and More
This morning, Microsoft announced the appointment of longtime technology entrepreneur Blake Krikorian as corporate vice president for its Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), which includes the Xbox team. Krikorian will report to Marc Whitten, chief product officer for IEB. This announcement follows...
10 Jan 2013
Daily Update, Jan. 9th – Retailer Tesco Gets Social With Office 365 and Microsoft Releases Skype for Windows Phone 8 Preview 2.1
Tesco, one of the world’s leading retailers, has chosen Microsoft Office 365 for its companywide collaboration and social platform. The United Kingdom-based retailer is committed to deploying Office 365 to its employees working at the company’s headquarters, in the field and in stores, across...
9 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: Dec. 14th Edition – Holiday Travel Apps and Games for Windows Phone 8
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about bringing Bing home page images to your desktop, the story behind Bing’s home page, plus using Windows Phone 8 to ensure happy holiday travels. To grandma’s house we go—with these holiday travel apps. ‘Tis the...
14 Dec 2012
Give the Gift of Cool with Microsoft This Holiday Season
This is an exciting holiday for Microsoft, with new Surface tablets and Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phone 8 devices and experiences for Xbox 360 with Kinect and more arriving just in time for the season. Check out the four videos below to see great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Give the gift...
12 Dec 2012
Weekend Reading: Dec. 7th Edition – Register Now for the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge & Windows Phone 8 Makes Life a Little Bit Better
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we have stories on how to avoid getting “Grinched” by online criminals, registration opening for the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge, and how from typing to gaming to running a family, Windows Phone is your friend. Virgin Gaming and Xbox 360 team up to launch...
7 Dec 2012
Daily Update, Nov. 12th – Install the Skype for Windows Phone 8 Preview Today
Two weeks ago, we announced that we were working hard on Skype for Windows Phone 8 . Just like our bold new experience for Windows 8 , the new Skype for Windows Phone will be fast, modern, and beautiful, while still delivering the best of what you've come to expect from Skype . So today, we are excited...
12 Nov 2012
Daily Update, Nov. 8th – Introducing Skype in the Workspace
Two stories out of Microsoft today: Skype today launched to the public Skype in the workspace (SITW), a new online platform for small businesses to instantly connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe. The free-to-use tool makes use of the huge network already offered...
8 Nov 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
Daily Update, Nov. 6th – The Master Chief Returns Today in “Halo 4”!
Two big stories for you today – “Halo 4” is here and an announcement from Skype: The Master Chief is back . Poised to become the biggest entertainment launch of the year so far, “Halo 4” is the first chapter of a brand-new saga in the genre-defining, US$3 billion franchise...
6 Nov 2012
Weekend Reading: Nov. 2nd Edition – ‘Halo 4’ Lands in Liechtenstein and News & Reviews on Windows Phone 8
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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Halo 4 – from coming to life in Liechtenstein to a sneak peek at Halo 4 Infinity Multiplayer, plus the Windows Phone 8 story continues. Hello Liechtenstein! ‘Halo 4’ lands on earth in ground-breaking style. Major Nelson...
2 Nov 2012
Daily Update, Oct. 22nd – Lifting the Veil on Skype for Windows 8
Skype announced Skype for Windows 8 today , bringing together popular Skype features and the new design of Windows 8 . The release focuses on delivering an experience that is simpler, faster and easier to use. Skype for Windows 8 includes top Skype features like IM, audio and video calls. The Big Blog...
22 Oct 2012
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