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Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal
This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for developers, the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana on the way, and updates to Windows 8.1. Cortana, your personal virtual assistant...
4 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: March 7th Edition—Customers shine at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 and SharePoint conference
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the annual Microsoft Dynamics Convergence and SharePoint conferences, profiles on five dynamic women in honor of International Women’s Day and the buzz building up to the March 11 release of “Titanfall.” The Microsoft...
7 Mar 2014
From unified to universal, the next stage for communications
The following post is from Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President for Lync & Skype Engineering, Microsoft. It’s great to be in Las Vegas today with almost 2,000 customers, partners and industry professionals for the first day of our second annual Lync Conference . This is my first...
18 Feb 2014
Watch Microsoft’s ‘Empowering’ ad from the Big Game
Jennifer J. Chen
The following post is from Mark Penn, Executive Vice President, Advertising and Strategy As Microsoft undergoes transformation in our organization, our products, and our relationship with consumers, it's important to state that our values of using technology to change lives and empower people...
3 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 31st Edition—Get ready for Sunday’s big game with apps, videos and Bing searches
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on apps and other ways to get ready for Sunday’s big game, Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom (an interactive city panorama created by a Microsoft Research team) and an artist who’s found that the Surface 2 hits the sweet spot for work, school...
31 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Dec. 20th Edition–‘Biggest holiday season yet’ for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the momentum building behind Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app downloads, how Bing broke out of the (search) box in 2013 and a Microsoft researcher who uses data to power his predictions. Buoyed by new gift cards and other promotions...
20 Dec 2013
Weekend Reading, May 11 Edition: ‘New’ Bing Unveiled, App/Device News from Windows Phone and Tell Mom She Rocks with Skype
Microsoft blog editor
It was a busy week for the company, as Bing announced some exciting new features in their most significant update since they launched three years ago. We heard about a great new Windows Phone from Samsung and a very cool new augmented reality app from Nokia. And, of course, Mother’s Day approaches...
11 May 2012
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
Weekend Reading, Aug. 10: Pulse on the Web, Xbox 360 Tops Again, and Partnering with the NYPD
Microsoft blog editor
Pulse Comes to the Web and Shines in IE10. Some of you may be familiar with Pulse, a great mobile app for browsing and reading news. The team at Pulse has just released a Web-based version of Pulse that looks fantastic in IE10. It’s built using HTML5, which allowed the team to create a very rich...
10 Aug 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
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: 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
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: 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: June 29th Edition–Office 365 Celebrates its First Birthday & a Sneak Peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Office 365, a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen and details on Xbox 360’s presence at the 42nd annual Comic-Con in San Diego. Microsoft Office 365: A big year in review. One...
29 Jun 2012
Daily Update, Oct. 3rd – NASA and Six Other Organizations Join Skype in the Classroom
Today’s edition of the Daily Update has a stories on Skype as well as profiles on some of the employees involved with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing , which is being held in Baltimore, Maryland from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6. In celebration of World Teacher's Day on Friday, we...
3 Oct 2012
Weekend Reading: Nov. 18th Edition–Facebook to Facebook Calls Come to Skype, Xbox 360 Teams Up with the NFL, plus Surface, Bing, Windows Phone and MSN
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Skype and Facebook, Xbox 360 teaming up with the NFL, massive growth in Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud service and much, much more! Skype and Facebook – so happy together! Back in July, Facebook video calling powered by Skype...
18 Nov 2011
Weekend Reading: August 30th Edition–Windows 8.1 releases to hardware partners
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we cover the release of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers, bring you lots of back to school excitement through Windows Phone specials and look ahead to this weekend’s PAX Prime 2013 gaming show in Seattle. Windows 8.1 continued its momentum with the release of...
30 Aug 2013
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: September 13th Edition– Microsoft donates Office 365 to nonprofits worldwide
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on how Microsoft has taken a big step in helping nonprofits harness the power of technology by donating Office 365, the major achievements of the 10-year-old Partners in Learning program and the launch of the Xbox Music service to iOS and Android...
13 Sep 2013
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: 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
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
Weekend Reading: April 27th Edition–The Skype for Windows Phone App is Here, Wordament Comes to Marketplace & Don’t Miss the Beauty of Bing Desktop
And now it’s time for a little Weekend Reading… In this edition, we’ve got stories on the new Skype for Windows Phone app, the winners of the U.S. Imagine Cup finals, Wordament coming to Marketplace, the new Bing Desktop and more. Ladies and gentlemen, it is HERE! Skype for Windows...
27 Apr 2012
Microsoft Acquires Yammer to Accelerate Enterprise Social Networking
Kurt DelBene Last October, I posted a concept video showing Microsoft’s view on the future of productivity. The video envisions how mobile devices, social computing, interactive content, cloud computing and natural user interfaces will change the way we get things done at home, at work...
25 Jun 2012
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