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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
Microsoft announces new cloud experience and tools to deliver the cloud without complexity
The following post is from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. On Thursday at Build in San Francisco, we took an important step by unveiling a first-of-its kind cloud environment within Microsoft Azure that provides a fully integrated cloud experience...
3 Apr 2014
A cloud for everyone, on every device
The following post is from Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. In my initial remarks as CEO, I spoke about how Microsoft is embracing the new “mobile-first cloud-first” world. I’ve gotten great feedback around this declaration from customers, employees and...
27 Mar 2014
Microsoft becomes the first global public cloud provider in China with the general availability of Microsoft Azure in the region
The following post is from Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Marketing, Microsoft . In May of last year, we announced that Microsoft Azure would be coming to China, launching a public preview to support the growing appetite for cloud services in this important region...
26 Mar 2014
Microsoft Azure the perfect solution for on-demand video service blinkbox
Leave it to the cloud to make even movie viewing a better experience. That’s what Microsoft Azure did for blinkbox and the streaming service’s million monthly users. The United Kingdom-based company, owned by Tesco, the country’s biggest retailer, needed a way to ensure the on-demand...
26 Mar 2014
Data driven insights – bringing Big Data to 1 billion people
The following post is from Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft. Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, Microsoft Enterprise and Partner Group on stage with Marc Reguera discussing Big Data at the Microsoft Global Account Summit in San Francisco...
20 Mar 2014
SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturers, will be generally available April 1
The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1 . SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from...
18 Mar 2014
North Carolina’s largest county saves $3.2 million with Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro
The following post is from Michael Donlan, Vice President of State and Local Government, Microsoft. On Wednesday, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s most populous county, announced it has bet big on the Microsoft platform by selecting Microsoft Office 365 as its communications and collaboration...
19 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: February 28th Edition — Microsoft’s 24-hour idea factory, and Windows Azure and Dynamics win a spot on the podium
Greetings weekend warriors! We’ve got some tasty tidbits to satisfy both the right and the left side of your brain this week. Check it out … What do some of Microsoft’s brightest minds do in their off time? They tinker. In the Garage. Discover this sanctuary for creativity and problem...
28 Feb 2014
Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Enterprise Services earn a place on the podium at the Winter Games
About 100,000 people visited Microsoft Technology Hall during the XXII Winter Olympic Games in the Olympic Park, featuring the latest Windows 8.1 devices for anyone to try. Many records were broken at the Winter Games, but Microsoft can claim some credit for helping to break at least one...
25 Feb 2014
Windows Azure services now generally available in new Japan cloud region
The following post is from Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise marketing, Microsoft. Less than a year ago, we announced Windows Azure services for Japan to support the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services. I am pleased to share that Windows Azure in Japan...
25 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
Power BI for Office 365 empowers everyone to analyze, visualize and share data in the cloud
Jennifer J. Chen
The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. On Monday we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users...
10 Feb 2014
Going for gold: Windows Azure Media Services provide live and on-demand streaming of 2014 Olympic Winter Games on NBC
New Olympic events in snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games start Thursday and when NBC’s viewers want to see those competitions and others streamed live or on demand on their smartphones, tablets, computers or Internet-connected TVs, it will be Windows...
6 Feb 2014
Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft . On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I will announce that Microsoft is joining the OCP, a community...
27 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
New York to move 120,000 state employees to Office 365
New York State is the latest state government that has chosen Office 365 to consolidate their email systems, provide access to familiar Office applications, and place shared calendars in a cloud-based system for more than 120,000 employees who work for state executive agencies. “I’m continually...
13 Aug 2013
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
The Midweek Download: July 6th Edition–Developers Catch a Glimpse of IE10, Microsoft Nabs 7 IDEA Awards plus Windows Phone 7 and Office 365
The Fourth of July holiday may mean a shortened week at Microsoft, but it didn’t keep the company from making news on a number of fronts, including the next version of Internet Explorer. Second IE10 platform preview available for developers. IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen...
6 Jul 2011
The Midweek Download: March 30th Edition – A few pointers for Windows Phone developers and how the IE9 team built an energy-efficient Web browser
Lots of Microsoft news hit the wires this week for developers and tech enthusiasts. Read on to catch the skinny! Designing “hubs” on Windows Phone 7. In this March 24th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog , blogger Alfred Astort writes about designing Windows Phone apps that use “hubs”...
30 Mar 2011
The Midweek Download: July 13th Edition–400M Windows 7 Licenses Sold, plus the Worldwide Partner Conference, Imagine Cup, Windows Phone, IE10 and Windows Azure
So far this week, the biggest stories out of Microsoft are the Worldwide Partner Conference and the 2011 Imagine Cup. Read on for those and other news bits in this week’s edition of the Midweek Download. Worldwide Partner Conference Round Up. This week, Microsoft celebrates the accomplishments...
13 Jul 2011
This Week’s Forecast – Lots of Stars in NYC and LA…
Fireworks are a form of global joy. Around the world, at times of great celebration, civilizations have found ways to launch stars into the sky, to create near the earth what we usually can only see from a distance at night. I’ve watched fireworks all over the United States (as recently as Monday...
7 Jul 2011
Xbox One, Azure and the creative power of the cloud
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. It’s been another one of those weeks here in Redmond – equal parts exhausting and exhilarating, and one where I have to remind myself just how privileged I am to work with...
24 May 2013
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