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  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs

    I’ve held off posting here to respect Steve Jobs’ passing and decided this evening that it was the right thing to do to publish this post. I've admired and respected Steve from afar for a very long time. When I walked in to my apartment this evening, after 3 days on the road, I stopped...
  • Blog Post: A look back on Next at Microsoft in 2011

    Given we recently celebrated the one year anniversary of this blog , it seems a little odd to look back on 2011, but something I didn’t do in that birthday post was pull out some of my favorite moments and posts during the year. It’s sort of traditional to do it at this time of year, so here...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to 2012

    So here we are, 1 day away from a new year – another year of tech progress and surprises. So what am I looking forward to in 2012? Here’s my shortlist Windows 8 – with the beta due soon, I’m as eager as others to see what has changed since the Developer Preview and get...
  • Blog Post: Do you need a digital will?

    You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital memories” many times and like me, you likely think of this as digital photos and perhaps emails or other personal information that reside on a computer somewhere. Ask most people and I think they’d generally think this meant photos. I...
  • Blog Post: If our habitats were programmable, what would we ask of them?

    This was one of the many provocative statements in a book by Herman Miller I read recently. Always Building is a fascinating look at what buildings could be like if we used digital technology throughout the lifecycle of a structure. It challenges many of today’s building concepts where technology...
  • Blog Post: Xbox: The evolution of TV and entertainment

    [click to see full size infographic] I remember when a video recorder first arrived in our home – it was met with much excitement, despite the fact that it was about the size of a modern day microwave. It brought with it a new era of entertainment and even had a (wired) remote controller if...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft: The story so far

    Next at Microsoft has been up and running for 125 days now – a little more than 4 months and 100 stories posted. The inaugural post was back on Dec. 1, 2010 when I promised to offer a director’s cut of Microsoft. It’s been an interesting ride and as I sit here enjoying the sun and winding...
  • Blog Post: Bye bye IE6

    This morning we launched http://ie6countdown.com – 10 years on from the launch of IE6, this site is dedicated to watching IE6 usage drop below 1% worldwide. C’mon IE6, it’s time for a modern web so nice knowing you and all that but….buhbye! I talked about the topic of IE6...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft: 1 year on

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Next at Microsoft . It’s been a busy year for me personally and the blog – we launched quietly and have slowly built momentum and a loyal following. If you’re a regular reader, thanks for your time – I know you have plenty...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new logo

    We took the wraps off a new Microsoft logo earlier today – you can read more about it in a post on the Official Microsoft blog by Jeff Hansen and see it in motion on our YouTube channel . I have to say, I love it.
  • Blog Post: My confession about Microsoft R&D

    Yesterday I published a post on the Official Microsoft blog (OMB) that focused on the $9bn we spend each year on R&D and how we turn that in to products – it was accompanied by an infographic that showed how some of that process happens. Now it’s time for a confession – for a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s next Natal project

    As you may know, Kinect was codenamed Natal – a city along the northeastern coast of Brazil, home to Alex Kipman who incubated the project within Microsoft. I know you're hoping this is a leak about what's coming next with Kinect. Sorry....but it's still worth a read. It turns out there is another...
  • Blog Post: A new stage for Microsoft storytelling

    For the last few years I’ve had the role of ‘chief storyteller’ at Microsoft with a remit to roam our Redmond HQ and find great stories to be told on this blog and other outlets. Today, we’re expanding that storytelling with a new site at www.microsoft.com/stories – this...
  • Blog Post: The explosion of connected devices

    As I’ve been researching posts for this week of “things” on Next, I’ve stumbled across lots of data – these connected things create massive amounts of data themselves and there are already a lot of them. A recent report from Cisco showed that sometime around 2008/2009, our...
  • Blog Post: Retrospective week on Next at Microsoft

    If you’ve been following this blog and my associated tweets for any length of time, you’ll know that I love checking out cool technology. I can spend hours noodling with my Window Phone or checking in with colleagues at Microsoft Research to find out what they’re working on. Sometimes...
  • Blog Post: The year so far on NEXT: Part 1

    It’s a relatively quiet time of year – though our blistering pace will pick up again as we head in to a massive series of launches. Given that, I thought it’d be a good time to look back on some of the highlights of the year so far on the Next at Microsoft blog. Here’s five of...
  • Blog Post: The & in Microsoft R&D

    Today is the first day of Microsoft Research (MSR) TechFest here on our main campus in Redmond. This is my first TechFest so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like and will be reporting back here later in the day with my findings and videos. You can find out more over on the official TechFest...
  • Blog Post: Connecting the dots: Microsoft E3 announcements

    Wow, where do I start with the content of the Microsoft briefing today from E3? So much to see in the first 30 minutes alone. The Microsoft News Center has all the news in detail including video, photography and coverage to date. Major Nelson has plenty of coverage too in his post titled Cloud Storage...
  • Blog Post: Best of Kinect on NEXT

    The last few weeks have seen a number of exciting new Kinect projects and over the last year there have been plenty – from inside and outside Microsoft. I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you. KinÊtre is a project from Microsoft Research in the UK that was presented...
  • Blog Post: A Year in the Like with Microsoft on Facebook

    Everyone is now pretty familiar with Facebook Timeline – a few weeks back our team who manages the Microsoft Facebook page upgraded the page to Timeline format and worked with our archives team to add some great old imagery. A personal favorite of mine is the aerial view of the first four buildings...
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