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Weekend Reading: April 18th Edition — Converting big data to ambient intelligence
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on creating a data culture, an Internet of Things service built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Data Platform Group...
18 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: April 11th Edition – Nokia Devices and Services acquisition approved in China, plus two awesome robot stories!
The days are getting longer and the bees are waking from their long winter slumber here in Seattle. In celebration, we’re pollinating your weekend reading with news buzzing from around the globe. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday announced approval of Microsoft’s purchase of...
11 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: March 28th Edition—Office for iPad is one of many mobile-first, cloud-first releases
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we've got stories on the release of Office for iPad (as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite and other mobile-first, cloud-first products), and Microsoft Azure being made available in China. Office arrives on the iPad. In San Francisco Thursday, Microsoft CEO...
28 Mar 2014
Weekend Reading: March 14th Edition — ‘Titanfall’ makes landfall
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the launch of “Titanfall” on Xbox One, Office 365 Personal will be offered and Microsoft in Education’s continuing commitment to student privacy rights. “Titanfall,” the game that really is larger than...
14 Mar 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
Weekend Reading: Feb. 21st Edition — Your personal cloud is now OneDrive, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM to add marketing capabilities
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about free cloud storage OneDrive being globally available, Microsoft Dynamics CRM adding more capabilities to deliver even better customer service, and new and updated Bing apps for Windows Phone. Who knew moving day could be so easy? Microsoft’s...
21 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Feb. 14th Edition—Make Valentine’s Day memorable with Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on making Valentine’s Day memorable using apps, the continuing commitment to empowering youth through YouthSpark initiatives and tips to stay safer online. The international day of love celebration known as Valentine’s Day inspired...
14 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Feb. 7th Edition — New CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft will ‘move faster, push harder and continue to transform,’ and Windows Azure being used to live stream 2014 Winter Games
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, Windows Azure being used to provide live streaming and on-demand video of the 2014 Winter Games on NBC, and the fourth-largest school district in the U.S. planning to have 100,000 Windows 8 devices...
7 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: Jan. 24th Edition – Kinect for Windows is helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s datacenter project will use fuel cells and Zippo chooses Microsoft Dynamics AX
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s Data Center plant project in Wyoming looking to bring a power plant inside the datacenter, and historic company Zippo Manufacturing Co. planning for the future using Microsoft...
24 Jan 2014
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: Jan. 10th Edition – New Windows devices unveiled at CES 2014 and Xbox One sales hit 3M consoles sold
Gavin Gear, of the Extreme Windows Blog, with Panasonic’s 20-inch Toughpad 4k tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some of the exciting new PCs and tablets unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Xbox One...
10 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: 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
Weekend Reading: September 20th Edition–The inside story on Skype as it turns 10
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Skype as it celebrates a decade of connecting people and changing lives, a micro-documentary that shows the seamless integration of technology into designs for Fashion Week New York 2013 and a major makeover for Bing. The inside story...
20 Sep 2013
Weekend Reading: March 9th Edition–Demos Galore from TechFest 2012, More on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, plus Wordament, Windows Phone and Upcoming Xbox 360 Games
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on TechFest 2012, the Windows 8 consumer preview, upcoming Xbox 360 games, the hit Windows Phone game Wordament and more. TechFest 2012. TechFest , the annual Microsoft Research wow-fest at the Microsoft Conference Center, began earlier this...
9 Mar 2012
Weekend Reading: August 16th Edition–Windows 8.1 rolls out Oct. 18
In this edition of Weekend Reading, the big buzz was the announcement of the Oct. 18 worldwide release of Windows 8.1. In New York, there’s great anticipation about the upcoming migration of 120,000 state employees to Office 365. And Sprint added a new smartphone to its lineup: the Samsung ATIV...
16 Aug 2013
Weekend Reading, February 5th
Microsoft blog editor
It’s Friday afternoon again, and time to wrap up some of the interesting things that happened this week that you might not have seen. It is Super Bowl weekend here in the US and so it only seems fair to start with something sports related. Jordan Brand taps Microsoft technologies : The Jordan Brand...
6 Feb 2010
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
The Midweek Download: June 8th Edition–Delaware Schools Move to Live.edu plus BUILD, Windows Phone Marketplace, “Windows 8” and TRON on IE9
It’s been a busy week at Microsoft this week, what with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) going on in Los Angeles and all, but Microsoft made lots of news in the last week not related to E3. Check it out… Delaware schools adopt Microsoft cloud suite. The Delaware Department of Education...
8 Jun 2011
The Midweek Download: March 21st Edition–Get the Lowdown on Convergence 2012, an Update on New Markets in the Windows Phone Marketplace & Minnesota Moves to Office 365
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’re got stories on Convergence 2012, the Windows Phone Marketplace accepting submissions for new markets, the State of Minnesota moving to Office 365 and more. Convergence 2012. This week at the Convergence conference in Houston, Microsoft Business...
21 Mar 2012
Weekend Reading: Sept. 2nd Edition–Introducing Two New Windows Phones, More Windows 8 News and a Microsoft Researcher Recognized by MIT
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we bring you news of two new Windows Phone models from HTC, a story on the new Metro user interface in Windows 8 and a slew of other news bits from around the company. HTC unveils their new global lineup of Windows Phones. HTC just unveiled two new Windows Phones...
2 Sep 2011
The Midweek Download: May 18th Edition–Microsoft Reveals a Glimpse of the New “Mango” Windows Phone Update at TechEd
Windows Phone fans will be excited by the top item in this week’s edition of the Midweek Download. Earlier this week, Microsoft gave IT pros and developers a glimpse of some of the features included in the next major update for Windows Phone. Read on for that and a few bits and pieces of Microsoft...
18 May 2011
Weekend Reading: April 26th Edition–The #XboxReveal countdown begins!
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on major Xbox news, new apps (Tumblr and Fidelity Investments) coming to Windows Phone, expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT availability and more. Don’t miss any of them! #XboxReveal. Lots of Xbox news to talk about this week. First...
26 Apr 2013
Bing Maps, Botnets, Buxton and Developers, Developers, Developers - Weekend Reading
Microsoft blog editor
Last week we added an hour to evening daylight, and now we’re just hours away from officially hitting spring. I know much of the country hasn’t been seeing very good weather – flooding in Fargo, storms in New York – but in Seattle we’re watching the spring flowers come out, and some of my more adventurous...
19 Mar 2010
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