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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 event of the year—but it’s far from the last. The NBA playoffs and the Stanley Cup finals are already just around the corner. And before you know it your favorite Major League Baseball team will be starting spring training. To help you get the most out of each game day, Microsoft and its partners have teamed up to provide a lineup of sports apps for Windows Phone, Xbox and Windows 8 devices that will satisfy even the most devoted and demanding fans. Head on over to the Microsoft News Center and check out this slideshow of apps for sports nuts everywhere. Below is a screenshot from the Sports App for Windows 8.
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got a look back at last week’s BUILD conference as well as stories about Windows Phone and Internet Explorer. Check ‘em out.
Looking back at BUILD. If you’re a developer, you’ve probably heard about this little conference we had last week in Anaheim, Calif. called BUILD. It was a pretty big deal. We unveiled developer previews of Windows 8, Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 2011 and gave away prototype Samsung PCs featuring the developer preview version of Windows 8, among other things. However, just in case you missed any of the news that came out of BUILD, check out this Tuesday post on the Next at Microsoft Blog, which features a five and a half minute video montage of the keynote highlights from the conference. If that isn’t enough for you, read this Sept. 13th post on Blogging Windows, which also has a three and a half minute video featuring interviews with engineers from the Windows team. Finally, don’t forget to vote in this Official Microsoft Blog poll asking what excited you most about BUILD.
Developers: Submit your Windows Phone 7.5 apps now, update WP7 apps in October. Last month, the Windows Phone team noted that once you publish the 7.5 version of an application, you will no longer be able to modify the existing 7.0 version. We also acknowledged that some might find this limiting, as several of you have since confirmed. We heard you, and are happy to report that, by the end of October, we will enable functionality in App Hub that will allow you to publish updates to both the 7.0 and 7.5 versions of your apps.
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on USB 3.0 support in Windows, the Windows Phone App Hub opening up to developers and an agreement with China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C) to develop cloud-computing solutions. Read on!
Building robust USB 3.0 support. This Monday post on the new Building Windows 8 Blog focuses on Microsoft’s efforts to build strong USB 3.0 support into Windows. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, writes in an introduction, “One of the important roles Windows plays as part of a broad ecosystem is developing support for new hardware. This is a pretty involved process and so for this post we wanted to take a look at supporting USB 3.0, something we know everyone is anxious to be using because of the improvements it brings.” The post itself was authored by Dennis Flanagan, director of program management for the Devices and Networking group and features a 2-minute video. Check it out.
Windows Phone App hub now accepting apps. Attention, Windows Phone developers! The Windows Phone App Hub is now accepting apps from developers for the next version of the Windows Phone platform, dubbed “Mango.”
It’s only Wednesday, but Microsoft made two big announcements this week. First, the company’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform nabbed another customer win. Then, Microsoft released a study from Forrester Consulting that shows how businesses can get a significant return on investment using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.
Microsoft Dynamics produces major ROI. On Tuesday, Microsoft released the results of a Microsoft-commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011,” May 2011. The Total Economic ImpactTM, a standard methodology developed by Forrester Research Inc., captures and quantifies the voice of the customer relative to technology investments. This study concludes that a 2,000-employee composite organization with an initial deployment of 50 users would experience a three-year, risk-adjusted ROI of 243 percent over a payback period of 4.1 months. Forrester Consulting credits the familiar, intelligent and connected experiences delivered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 as fundamental to the ROI and rapid payback period.
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Today, a new Microsoft Technology Center opened in Detroit.
Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) are collaborative environments that provide access to innovative technologies and world-class expertise. Microsoft also has MTCs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Silicon Valley, among other cities, in the U.S., as well as international MTCs in cities such as Tokyo, Moscow, Paris and Taipei.
In addition, Detroit was recently named a top “cloud friendly” U.S. city in a recent survey sponsored by Microsoft, citing the opportunities for new lines of business, more need for IT services and potential job growth. Microsoft released the results of the study after interviewing more than 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities.
Below are a few pictures from the Detroit MTC’s launch:
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.
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 of its 640,000 partners from all areas of the globe at the four-day Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles. On day one of WPC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer credited our partners with helping to make Windows 7 the fastest-selling operating system in history and announced that more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold to date. On day two of WPC, Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business, discussed how partners can benefit from the transition to cloud computing by helping customers improve agility, focus on business goals and reduce costs. Not enough WPC news for you? Then check out this feature story on the Microsoft News Center that highlights the benefits of cloud computing and the value of vertical applications and services as well as this feature story with Windows Phone “Mango” partner news. Also on day two, Microsoft announced tools and solutions to help partners capitalize on the opportunities in cloud computing. For more updates on WPC, go to the Microsoft News Center.
More women than ever at Imagine Cup. As just about anyone who’s paying attention to the technology industry knows, this is the week that the 2011 Imagine Cup finalists were named.
It comes in orange, yellow, bright green, white and black, has a ginormous 4.7-inch LCD display and is 4G LTE ready. It’s the Nokia Lumia 625.
On March 26, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, announced Build 2013 will take place from June 26 to June 28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
We have an update for you: Build 2013 is now sold out. However, we encourage those interested in the conference to join the waitlist. For those who are unable to join us in San Francisco, we will extend the Build experience online with live streams of the keynote, sessions, Channel 9 Live and more. Check out http://buildwindows.com for all the details.
When we launched BizSpark back in November 2008, our mission was clear: Give startups – the lifeblood of the technology sector – the tools and software they need to succeed.
Since then, about 35,000 startups from all over the world have enrolled in the program, which provides early-stage businesses with fast and easy access to software development tools and platforms as well as a network of 2,500 network partners – including venture capital firms, university incubators, consultants and angel investors – interested in helping startups grow.
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.
It’s fitting that Sunday is the season finale of Mad Men, the award-winning AMC television series set in the ‘60s about the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.
Like him or hate him, Don Draper is an incredibly compelling character, and I’ve been thinking a lot about him this week as I’ve read story after story about the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
I’ve got to hand it to the advertising community. Nothing as pedantic as Las Vegas. Instead, they head to the beaches in Cannes, France. As a former Marine, I’m familiar with good and bad tours of duty. A week in Cannes strikes me as a VERY GOOD tour.
But it’s also a LOT of work, as evidenced by the news emanating from Microsoft’s advertising organization this week. Unlike some of our competitors, selling advertising isn’t our primary business, but it’s an important part of the mix, as we learned in greater detail this week.
Today, Microsoft education leaders and I are at EDUCAUSE 2010 in Anaheim, CA. While incredible theme parks are just a stone’s throw away, higher education CIOs and the IT Industry are in Anaheim to sharpen their vision and improve the business of learning. There are big issues facing higher education that will shape the next 10 years and beyond. From my viewpoint, the major themes for the modern CIO are harnessing the economy of “trustworthy” cloud computing; making consumerization of IT an institutional advantage; and creating compelling, learning experiences for students and faculty that build affinity for their institution. Demystifying the cloud remains top-of-mind for university CIOs. They are discovering that not all cloud services are created equally. Microsoft is unique in its holistic approach to cloud computing <<add uber Microsoft cloud computing link>>that brings the advantages of traditional on-premise services to the scale and elasticity of the Internet. While technical merits are certainly notable for short-term decision-making, history teaches us that it is leadership and core competencies that make for a long-term, sustainable transformation. Cloud computing is not just about lowering cost, it provides a unique opportunity to reimagine learning delivery and consumption.
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 announced Tuesday that it is working with Microsoft to bring Microsoft Live@edu, an innovative suite of online communication and collaboration tools, to students, faculty and staff in district and charter schools throughout the state. The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) will initially migrate approximately 20,000 faculty and staff to this no-cost platform in June 2011, with the goal being to move everyone to Microsoft Live@edu, as well as offer it to the more-than-129,000-student population, over the next two years. Read this press release on the Microsoft News Center for more detail.
Fujitsu and Microsoft team up on cloud. Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft today announced that the first release of its Global Cloud Platform service powered by Windows Azure, running in Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan, will be launched in August 2011.
Microsoft is making big news at the MIX 2011 Web developers show in Las Vegas this week. On Monday, the company gave developers their first glimpse of Internet Explorer 10 as well as a new set of developers’ tools for the Windows Phone platform.
Raising the curtains on IE10. Just four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at MIX11. In his keynote, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how the next version of Microsoft’s industry-leading Web browser builds on the performance breakthroughs and the deep native HTML5 support delivered in Internet Explorer 9. Read this press release and watch this video demo of the IE10 platform preview on the Microsoft News Center for more detail. If that isn’t enough for you, read this post on the Exploring IE Blog.
The following is a post from Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.
After only a decade, Partners in Learning (PiL) has reached millions of teachers and students, empowering them with technology and resources. The goal in 2003, when the program was first introduced, has not changed dramatically – we set out to provide educators with the resources for teaching 21st century skills and to effectively prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our focus is true to Bill Gates’ vision, in that the program continually tackles complex issues with creative problem solving.
In Denmark, where an increasingly aging population is straining the government’s health care resources, preventive care is becoming a must, not just a catch phrase on a white board in a meeting or in a binder on a bureaucrat’s desk.
How do you get seniors to make sure they take care of themselves to minimize ambulance calls? Or to monitor their physical rehabilitation after a surgery so the chance of setbacks – and costly additional doctor’s visits -- are reduced? The solutions – including remote health care monitoring and using Kinect to help guide physical therapy at home -- are being forged by the people and partners taking part in Microsoft’s CityNext initiative.
This week’s Midweek Download covers the release of the Office 365 public beta, Microsoft’s efforts toward creating a greener data center and a few other news tidbits.
Office 365 hits public beta. Microsoft announced Sunday that the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes, is now available. Office 365 was recently introduced in limited beta, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta allows millions of people in more countries and more languages — a total of 38 markets and 17 languages in all — to try Office 365 for the first time. For more detail on Office 365, check out this post on the Microsoft Office Blog and this post on the Windows Live Blog.
The quest for a greener data center. In this feature story on the Microsoft News Center, Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft’s Datacenter Advanced Development, talks about his quest for a greener data center. “My goal in life is to make the datacenter disappear,” he said.