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  • Blog Post: Great New Website Details Microsoft by the Numbers

    Pop Quiz: Three questions. 30-seconds. Go! How many students have participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition ? How many photos have been stored on SkyDrive to date? How many pizza slices are consumed in the Microsoft cafeteria every year? Give up? You can find the answers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Imagine Cup – Student Innovation in Minneapolis

    Once again, Microsoft's flagship student technology competition, Imagine Cup , is bringing together student innovators from around the world. And this year, Microsoft is re-imagining the competition to be a springboard for budding entrepreneurs as much as it is a student technology competition. The U...
  • Blog Post: You have the power to be a good digital citizen

    If you work in the business arena, you likely depend largely upon your IT department to handle computer security issues. If you’re a home PC user, you probably rely upon some form of security software to keep you protected from online risks. But did you know that you can actively combat cyber security...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ranked #1 in Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Continues Dedication to Citizens and Communities

    Who doesn’t like to get an award? Microsoft was recently named number one in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Reputation Institute for our philanthropy efforts. While this award is a wonderful validation, there is something much more important than recognition: the people and communities...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Brings New Sleek Accessories

    Thirty is the new 20! As Microsoft Hardware celebrates its 30-year anniversary , it is also announcing the launch of several new devices- all specifically design to use with the new operating system Windows 8 , which will be available this fall. Many of these devices are Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized...
  • Blog Post: Changing the world, one project at a time

    Today is the day! Students from across the nation have descended upon Redmond, Wash., for the U.S. finals of Microsoft’s 2012 Imagine Cup competition , the world’s premier student technology competition. This year, more than 100,000 U.S. students registered for the competition and the top...
  • Blog Post: msnNOW unites breaking social trends from across the Web in one place

    People have a wide variety of outlets at their disposal when they want in on the hottest conversations taking place throughout the world. Unfortunately whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter or BreakingNews.com, news is fragmented throughout the Web, and it’s not always easy to stay on top of...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Data Privacy Day by Taking Control!

    Do you ever wonder how companies use the personal information you share online? Do you feel like you have control over your personal information on the Internet? If you said, “I don’t know,” you’re not alone. In recognition of Data Privacy Day , Microsoft just released new research...
  • Blog Post: Extreme Makeover: Tech Edition

    Just like ABC’s hit-show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Microsoft, HP and Intel are bringing big changes to lucky contestants of their Small-Business Tech Makeover Video Contest . Ending April 30, the contest calls for Microsoft partners to submit a video on behalf of one of their small business...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Windows 8!

    Today, Windows 8 is available globally, with more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets now on the market. Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center. You get a great experience for entertainment...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. Finalists Announced

    The world’s coolest student technology competition just announced who is making it to the next round! Microsoft just unveiled the 10 teams who will compete in the 11 th annual Imagine Cup U.S. Finals Demo Day on May 13 in Silicon Valley. Each of the top teams will pitch their business to investors...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technology Center is right here in the Twin Cities

    This past spring, Microsoft opened its 11 th Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Minneapolis/St. Paul . The facility serves as a collaborative environment that provides access to innovative technologies and world-class expertise. Microsoft uses the MTC in the Twin Cities to enable its customers and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Takes Us ‘Back to the Future’

    Imagine a three-day road trip with the family, but without the kids getting impatient and irritable. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s possible with the new customized technology of the Ford Mustang. Microsoft teamed up with Ryan Friedlinghaus, an award-winning automotive designer and star...
  • Blog Post: Cool is in Session

    School may not be in session yet, but it’s never too soon for students and their parents to start thinking about how to return to school in style. The latest technology products from Microsoft can help students not only look stylish, but perform at their best and stay connected to family and friends...
  • Blog Post: Freeing your files means freeing yourself

    We’ve all thought it – “I could be so much more productive if I were (insert cool place i.e., local coffee shop, mall, park bench, my living room in fuzzy slippers) instead of handcuffed to my desk or in the midst of yet another meeting.” Fret not. Microsoft has an app for...
  • Blog Post: Turn Big Data Into Big Insights

    This is the ‘ golden era’ of insight. The world holds twice as many bytes of data as there are liters in the ocean, and with the right technology tools, we are now able to replace hunches with insight and action. Think comparing utility costs with meteorological data to spot trends...
  • Blog Post: Can’t make it to the ballpark to see the Twins? Download the MLB.TV app on Windows 8

    Grilled hot dogs, the smell of fresh roasted peanuts, and that glorious crack of a Louisville slugger hitting the ball out of the park- baseball season is upon us! Between work and busy schedules, it’s not always easy to make it to the ballpark to relish the baseball experience. Never fear, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 16,000 Microsoft Partners and Executives Attend the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto

    Nearly 16,000 Microsoft partners and executives took Canada by storm last week for the company’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Each year, partners from around the globe unite for a four-day conference to celebrate the accomplishments of the company’s partner network, consisting...
  • Blog Post: Al Roker Offers Tips on How to be Productive from Anywhere

    Conquering productivity can be a challenge, especially in instances of inclement weather keeping you from driving or tending to a sick child home from school. Each year, extreme weather alone brings life to a grinding halt for millions of people. But with new technologies from Microsoft, nothing will...
  • Blog Post: Last Minute Tech Gifts: Fun Gadgets for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are a multitude of possible gift ideas for your significant other. Every year, people wait until the last minute to figure out a thoughtful and well-received present. Often times, jewelry, chocolates, or flowers, are the go-to gift ideas, but this...
  • Blog Post: Hunger Games Cast Visits Microsoft Store in Mall of America

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve probably heard of the Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. Based on the best-selling novel, the sci-fi flick takes place in the future and hits theaters on Friday, March 23. The movie’s stars...
  • Blog Post: Software price looks too good to be true? It probably is

    “I hate finding good deals,” – said No One Ever. Even if the bargain-priced shirt has loose stitch, or the recently-reduced loaf of bread is near the end of its prime, you’re saving money, and who doesn’t love saving a buck or two? Of course, some products are safe bets...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft takes gaming to the next level at E3

    What’s next in gaming and online entertainment? Find out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which is now underway in Los Angeles! At Microsoft, we kicked things off on Tuesday by announcing a robust lineup of new Xbox 360 games, including a new installment of the blockbuster Halo franchise...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark and Brandify: Helping Businesses Help Each Other

    At Microsoft, we are proud to partner with business owners and entrepreneurs from around the world who create technology solutions that make a difference in our lives and in the workplace. That’s why we’re involved in initiatives that support the development and growth of small businesses...
  • Blog Post: Move Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Microsoft Celebrates "Giving Tuesday"

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about buying. “Giving Tuesday” is all about giving. Based on the idea that there is one day for giving thanks and two for getting deals, New York’s 92 nd Street Y partnered with the United Nations Foundation to create Giving Tuesday , which takes...