Microsoft kicks off //oneweek and you won’t believe the hacks!


There were “easier” projects that could have been done for //oneweek. Members of the Ability Hackathon: Eye Gaze team had a list of them, mulled them over and weighed their pros and cons. But Steve Gleason hadn’t asked the team about easy. He’d asked for some real help. The former NFL player, living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), uses his Surface Pro to speak with the help of eye-tracking technology. … Read more »

For Imagine Cup finalists, Code is the common language


The 2014 Imagine Cup comes to Seattle this week and that means 34 teams will be competing in the World Citizenship, Games and Innovation categories. The finalists may come from around the world, but they speak a common language: code. And they’re using code to do some phenomenal things. “With coding we can change our lives. We can change the world by using our keyboard to import,” says Ge Zhuochen, … Read more »

Game theory: A conversation with ‘Halo’ executive producer Kiki Wolfkill

Kiki Wolfkill

Somewhere off the main drag of sleepy Kirkland, Washington, tucked away from the restaurants and art galleries that line the waterfront, rests a setback, sunken office building. From the street, this mass of concrete and angles looks unremarkable. Inside, however, the nondescript building is home to 343 Industries and ground zero for the multi-billion dollar “Halo” video game franchise. A towering replica of “Halo” protagonist the Master Chief stares down … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 25th Edition—Exploring Station Q, a hub for next-level computing research

Michael Freedman, director of Microsoft’s Station Q.

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on potentially world-changing quantum computing research, the release of the Lumia 530 and a look ahead – and back – at the Imagine Cup. At Station Q, headquarters of potentially world-changing quantum computing research, big brains inside and outside of Microsoft explore the exciting, mysterious, difficult and downright strange space where computer science meets quantum physics. Check out the full story … Read more »

Station Q: The quest for a quantum future


Station Q, headquarters of potentially world-changing quantum computing research, is located just past where the Pacific Ocean meets the sand, up through a grove of palm trees and across a bike path. (Do mind the shirtless college student zipping past on a skateboard wearing only a backpack and swim trunks.) In some ways, Station Q is not at all what you’d expect from a hub for next-level computing research – … Read more »

Lumia 530 smartphone expected to roll out in August

Lumia 530

The Microsoft Devices Group announced Wednesday the August rollout of the Lumia 530, an entry-level device for Windows Phone that delivers the latest Microsoft and Lumia innovations. The Lumia 530 will expand the reach of Windows Phone as the first Lumia introduced below 100 euros (at 85 euros, or about $114) and makes it easy to switch between two SIM cards. It also includes the latest version of Windows Phone … Read more »

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station can now be pre-ordered from Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, which supports multiple monitors and has up to six USB ports, is now available for pre-order from Microsoft. You’ll be able to run up to three screens with the docking station – the Surface itself and two external monitors – “regardless of whether you have the latest daisy-chain capable DisplayPort monitors, HDMI inputs, or older analog screens (e.g. VGA or DVI),” writes Suneel Goud, … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 18th Edition – Microsoft restructures, showcases the partner opportunity at WPC and unveils Project Adam at MSR Faculty Summit

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s announcement about its restructuring plan, the focus on cloud and mobile at the Worldwide Partner Conference and Microsoft’s acquisition of InMage. On Thursday, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is … Read more »

Watch live as Satya Nadella, other key senior leaders, speak at the Worldwide Partner Conference on Wednesday


Several senior leaders, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, will speak from 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. PT Wednesday, as part of the Vision keynotes at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. The Vision keynotes will be streamed live online on the WPC 2014 site. Nadella will share his vision for joint success with Microsoft partners in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. To learn more, head over to the Worldwide Partner Conference site. Suzanne … Read more »

Microsoft provides one-year update on CityNext initiative at Worldwide Partner Conference


Exactly one year since launch, the momentum generated by Microsoft CityNext is significant and continues to grow. More than 200 partners have already signed on to Microsoft CityNext and are actively delivering more than 700 solutions worldwide – helping to build more modern, safer, healthier and educated cities. In the last year alone, through a variety of high-profile events with city leaders, we established key alliances with cities across every … Read more »

At Worldwide Partner Conference, it’s mobile-first, cloud-first world front and center

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Sorgen shares his thoughts from the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.

Microsoft is integrating the cloud into the Microsoft Partner Network, with three new cloud-focused competencies based on performance for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure to be offered to better help partners serve customers. The announcement was made Monday by Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president (pictured left), Worldwide Partner Channel, at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C.