Announcing new open source advancements for the enterprise cloud at Red Hat Summit

Self-driving autonomous cars. Sensor-monitored manufacturing equipment. Smart cities that predict and prevent flooding. The digital transformation is underway, and it’s powered by the cloud. But there’s another underlying driving force behind this transformation: open source technologies. According to Forrester Research, more than 40 percent of IT decision makers consider open source a “critical priority” for the upcoming year, citing agility and flexibility as required assets in a rapidly changing cloud … Read more »


Fighting mosquito-borne diseases, celebrating student developers — Weekend Reading: June 24 edition

Ethan Jackson, a Microsoft researcher who is leading Project Premonition. Photo by Brian Smale.

It was another full week at Microsoft, which was busy trapping mosquitoes, celebrating Imagine Cup World finalists and helping small farmers in Mexico turn animal waste into clean energy. Let’s take a look. To help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, health officials in Houston’s Harris County are wielding a new mosquito trap that’s part of Microsoft’s broader Project Premonition research project. The innovative prototype was built to automatically do … Read more »

Microsoft announces LinkedIn acquisition, new Xboxes and Gaming for Everyone unveiled at E3 — Weekend Reading: June 17 edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, learn about Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Gaming for Everyone, new Xboxes that are on their way and university students taking Microsoft’s global Data Science Student Challenge and the Data Science Summer School. Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn: Microsoft and LinkedIn announced on Monday they entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at … Read more »

Mobile-first, cloud-first makes Microsoft a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

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In the few months since Microsoft acquired Xamarin, Scott Guthrie and I have laid out our roadmap that builds on the complementary strengths in mobile development and cloud services that made our companies great partners for years. I’m excited to report that Visual Studio with Xamarin plus Azure is working. We’ve already seen a massive upswing in developer participation, and we’re receiving validation from outside the developer community, as well. … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs to accelerate innovation in Bing intelligence and Conversation as a Platform

I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. This acquisition accelerates our vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform, which Satya Nadella introduced at our Build 2016 conference in March. Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence, where we bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence — connecting people to … Read more »

We believe gaming should be fun for everyone

Each year, I have the honor and privilege of taking the E3 stage to talk about the future of gaming at Microsoft, and to inspire and excite our amazing fans with the most anticipated games, new hardware and accessories, as well as the new Xbox Live platform features coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. What we reveal on stage is often a year or more in the making, so … Read more »

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

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Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder … Read more »

Summer, Spartans, Spark and Sprightly – Weekend Reading: June 10 edition

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“S” is for summer – and for Spartans, Spark and Sprightly, three super subjects this week that you won’t want to have missed. (See what we did there?) But first, let’s talk about the terrific trickle-down effect that’s in full swing in the field of data visualization. Seattle broadcaster KING 5 made Puget Sound voters the first in the nation to get a real-time, in-depth look at their local civic … Read more »

Windows Holographic, the new Indy 500 app and Asia’s largest computer trade show – Weekend Reading: June 1 edition

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June is here, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down for summer at Microsoft. This week brings announcements about the new era of mixed reality computing, an app for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Computex in Taipei, where thousands of new devices were showcased, and much more. Check out a few of the top highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. In further proof that science … Read more »

Physical and virtual worlds intersect with Windows Holographic, now opening to partners for a new era of mixed reality

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On Wednesday at Computex in Taipei, Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, joined colleagues Nick Parker and Alex Kipman on stage to celebrate incredible devices from across the Windows ecosystem and to share how the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring new innovation, creating opportunities for modern computing devices. But the big news in the presentation, Myerson said in a blog post, was a look forward to the … Read more »

Windows veteran Dona Sarkar is new head of Windows Insider Program

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Even if you don’t know Dona Sarkar’s name, you likely know her work. If you’re one of the 1.5 billion people using Windows, you have likely used something she’s built. If you’ve ever looked for an app or setting on your computer, you’ve probably used the search box that Sarkar’s team made. Ever used the handy File Explorer tool in Windows? It’s Sarkar’s work. And if you’ve ever logged onto … Read more »