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Today, I’m pleased to announce the availability of Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.
Windows Embedded Handheld is the platform that powers enterprise handheld devices. Businesses such as retailers, delivery companies and others that rely on handheld computers depend on Windows Embedded Handheld to run critical business applications in an environment which integrates well with the rest of their systems, making them easy and efficient to use and to maintain. These devices provide mobile workers with access to real-time information such as inventory, product information and pricing; and they help improve customer responsiveness and sales effectiveness, and secure business-critical data.
This year, the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show – now in its 100th year – will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with engaging with today’s tech-savvy consumer.
Today’s consumer comes to every buying decision armed with an arsenal of information that wasn’t easily available just a few years ago. They know more about products, prices and where the items they want are available than ever before.
With the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show about to wind down, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at some of the major announcements Microsoft made in Las Vegas as well as a few other stories that might have gotten missed during all the hub-bub.
Here at CES 2011, I’m struck by how natural and intuitive technology is today.
The sound of your voice can cue a game to begin, and the touch of a finger can bring up Bing on a Windows 7 PC. Microsoft is turning science fiction into science fact, something that’s amazing to an adult like me.
We brought a group of kids to our booth from local chapters of the Boys & Girls Club of America, and I’m inspired by the ease with which they used their voices, gestures and touch to interact with technology.
In his keynote speech on Wednesday at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled some pretty remarkable numbers for the Xbox 360 and Kinect. The full transcript and video of the speech is now available, just in case you missed it. Also, catch all the Microsoft CES news on our CES Newsroom.
Here’s a quick breakdown of Kinect’s impressive start since its early November launch, as well as some bits and pieces on the console itself and Xbox LIVE:
Microsoft made a big splash at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show amid the glitz, glamor and bright lights of Las Vegas.
In his keynote speech at the Las Vegas Hilton, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a number of major announcements around Xbox 360, new enhancements to Windows Phone 7 and the next generation of Microsoft Surface, the company’s natural user interface technology. The full story is available in the Microsoft News Center.
With the end of 2010 right around the corner, this edition of Weekend Reading focuses on the year that was and the year that could be, along with an interesting story about how the fiber-optic market has finally come full circle a decade after the telecom depression of the early 2000s.
Without further ado, here is your New Year’s Eve edition of Weekend Reading:
Social computing has already changed the way we create and maintain our connections with friends, family, colleagues, companies and more.
However, the world of social computing remains fragmented. The lack of integration creates frustrating disconnects that are inevitable when we are forced to switch between services and applications to stay up to date.
Christmas is almost upon us, but Microsoft still managed to stuff the stockings with a flurry of activity this week on a number of fronts. I know most people are busy tearing open those gifts Santa left under the Christmas tree right now, so, without further ado, here’s a little weekend reading to tide you over the holidays.
Microsoft made lots of headlines this year as it rolled out several compelling new products, including Windows Phone 7, the Kinect for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Office 2010.
However, not all the innovation at a company this big lands on the front page or makes the evening news. A lot of stuff happens behind the scenes – like Microsoft’s successful crackdown on botnets or some of the innovations coming out of FUSE Labs.
I’d like to take you back over the course of the past 12 months and revisit some of the most widely read installments in the ongoing Microsoft story. Below are the top 10 blog posts of 2010:
Microsoft has a lot going on these days: Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Bing, cloud computing – and that’s just in the past week.
Recognizing that the holidays are right around the corner and people are gearing up for vacation, I’ll keep this edition of Weekend Reading brief. We have a lot to cover though, so let’s get into it.
Jack Black fans, your time has come – as long as you own a Windows Phone.
Paramount Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures, announced today the availability of a brand new “School of Rock” app in the Windows Phone Marketplace that lets smartphone owners watch the full movie plus menus, bonus features and experiences not available on other mobile platforms.
The Windows Phone 7 smartphone – so easy, even a caveman can…well, you know.
Nationwide auto insurer GEICO has agreed to support Windows Phone 7 as a corporate smartphone for its 24,000 employees so they can make calls, send e-mail, set up business appointments, attend meetings and keep track of vital corporate data all on the go.
GEICO also announced the launch of a new Windows Phone 7 app called GEICO GloveBox that enables customers to pay bills, access insurance policy information and even call for help when they get stuck in sticky situations on the road.
I’m on the Steering Committee for SC10,
the annual high-performance computing (HPC) conference, which is this
week in New Orleans. The conference brings together an extraordinary
group of scientists, engineers, educators, software developers and
government leaders to share and experience the latest in
high-performance computing hardware, software and applications. It’s
the place to be.
From a personal perspective, it is always an exciting event, given my long background in HPC.
I can rarely walk more than twenty feet without meeting an old friend, a
former student, a past or present collaborator, or friendly competitor.
It is also a privilege for me to again chair the IEEE awards committee
for the Sidney Fernbach and Seymour Cray awards, which will be presented during the conference.
The theme of this year’s conference is The Future of Discovery. That also seems to capture the spirit of our work at Microsoft to democratize research and accelerate discovery with client plus cloud technology.
Today, in almost all domains, scientists and engineers are being
inundated by a data tsunami. In astronomy, new instruments capture more
data in days or weeks than had previously been captured in decades or
even centuries. In biology, high throughput gene sequencers and other
instruments are producing data at unprecedented rates. Simply put,
science is in transition from data poverty to data plethora. The
implication is that future advantage will accrue to those who can best
extract insights from this data tsunami.
Today is the kickoff of American Education Week with the purpose of shining a spotlight on the importance that every student has a basic right to receive an excellent public education and highlighting the need for everyone to get involved in improving the education system in the United States. To help celebrate, we are in Raleigh, North Carolina announcing a new partnership with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to bring IT training to every high school student in the state.
With the national unemployment rate at 9.6%, and 16.6% for recent college grads, the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that 77% of American jobs will require technology skills in the next decade, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure high school seniors graduate college and career ready and equipped with 21st century skills to be able to compete in a tech-savvy workforce.