Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey … Read more »

Underwater data, Computer Science for All and the NFL of the future — Weekend Reading: Feb. 5 edition

This week at Microsoft takes us to the ocean floor, into classrooms across the nation, and onto the NFL football field for a glimpse of the hyper cool future of fandom. Never a dull moment, right? Topping this week’s inventory of awesome is some big news: turns out the cloud is waterproof. On Monday, researchers at Microsoft shared details of a fascinating 2015 project in which they temporarily placed a … Read more »

Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

This installment of Weekend Reading leads off with a new website that focuses on workplace culture, a research toolkit tied to artificial intelligence and Bing’s Election 2016 experience. The Future of Work explores how the role of an organization’s leader may be changing, but is more important than ever. In order to create organizations that can adapt to change, leaders need to actively shape an open workplace culture that fosters collaboration … Read more »

First-ever Hack for Her Summit champions gender inclusiveness for the benefit of everyone

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her

Just a couple of decades ago, we had relatively few technology product choices; the focus of technology was making things possible. Fast forward to today, and choices are plentiful as well as ubiquitous. But we want products and services that fit our lives. So how do people create experiences that successfully fit the lives of men and women alike? On Jan. 12, Microsoft hosted its inaugural Hack for Her Summit … Read more »

A $1 billion cloud computing donation, ‘Minecraft’ heads to the classroom and editing genes with machine learning — Weekend Reading: Jan. 22 edition

Late January may be the dreariest stretch of the year, but it has been a downright exciting week at Microsoft. Here’s our latest edition of Weekend Reading with an overview of the company’s news highlights over the last days. Yes, you read it correctly in the headline. That is $1 billion with a “b.” Microsoft’s donation will roll out over the next five years in the form of cloud computing … Read more »

Why we need a public cloud for the public good

Today Microsoft Philanthropies, the recently-announced expansion of our commitment to global giving, is making a big statement. We will donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next 3 years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide. I invite you to read details of the news in Brad Smith’s blog post published today. So why is this important, and why now? In the January 20 issue of The Financial Times … Read more »

How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good

As Satya Nadella announced today, we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. Our goal is to support 70,000 nonprofits through this initiative during that time. I wanted to provide some more detail on … Read more »

Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of ‘Minecraft’ for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live. Students tell me all the time – and I see it in action whenever I get to visit a classroom – that they learn best when given the freedom to learn at their own pace and in ways that are familiar to them. This could … Read more »

Microsoft showcases the future of unified commerce at NRF 2016


Microsoft is in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2016, the annual showcase for everything new in retail. This year, it’s all about the customer, and I’m excited to highlight innovations that keep customers at the center of the retail experience – from new ways to engage with shoppers to modern technology that speeds up the checkout process. This renewed, customer-focused approach is part of an … Read more »

Bing’s NFL playoff picks, Skype’s big milestone and the new Microsoft Envision event — Weekend Reading: Jan. 15 edition

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Bing’s sports predictions, beautiful murals around the world and a photographer’s Great Barrier Reef adventure are just a few reasons to take a look back at the week’s news at Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. If you’re settling in to watch some football this weekend, you may want to first check out which teams Bing Predicts expects to win. Seattle … Read more »

Microsoft acquires management, reporting and analytics technology from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

Today I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online. This acquisition will allow us to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business, and is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. … Read more »