Your free upgrade is here: Windows 10 launches with worldwide fan celebrations, #UpgradeYourWorld and more

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On July 29, Microsoft will make Windows 10 available, across 190 countries, as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. “We are excited to bring Windows 10 and its many innovations to the world,” Windows and Devices Group Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post. “Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and was built to empower people to do great things. It has new … Read more »


Need a reason to upgrade to Windows 10? Here’s 10 of them

From great apps to being able to game epically, there’s plenty to love about the new Windows – “the best Windows ever,” writes Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Windows and Devices Group. It has new innovations such as Cortana, the Microsoft Edge browser and Windows Hello, while being familiar and easy to use. On July 29, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with … Read more »

Explore Hugh MacLeod’s illustrated guide to life inside Microsoft

Hugh MacLeod in Seattle, Washington

Drawing for me is a way of processing thoughts,” said cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. “I use lines to join the dots in my mind.” Those dots he refers to cut to the core of office environments. They help capture, within a drawing, the essence of a company’s aspirations. It’s “motivational art that doesn’t suck,” or so says his company’s website. Prescriptive and inspiring is what pops into my head. You kind … Read more »

Building up to the Windows 10 launch, Special Olympics, //oneweek Hackathon and Imagine Cup – Weekend Reading: July 24 edition

Special Olympics athlete Andy Miyares

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where we bring you stories about Special Olympics athletes, the upcoming //oneweek Hackathon and Imagine Cup projects. Swimmer Andy Miyares and sprinter Matthew Pascoe are two of four athletes Microsoft is following as they train, travel to and try to achieve their personal best in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Opening ceremonies are July 25 and will … Read more »

A week to soar: Innovation on display at Worldwide Partner Conference, parties planned for Windows 10 release and Special Olympics athletes on the move – Weekend Reading: July 17 edition

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It was a high-flying week at Microsoft, and if you blinked, you missed it. That’s why we’re here, to give you a recap of some of the week’s most important (and fun) goings-on, so let’s get to it: The Worldwide Partner Conference got down to business. New technology innovations were showcased, including Project GigJam and the Cortana Analytics Suite, demonstrating Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the … Read more »

Microsoft acquires FieldOne, global provider of field service management solutions for the enterprise

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire FieldOne Systems LLC (“FieldOne”), a world-class provider of field service management solutions that allow organizations to better manage and deliver service to their customers in the field. In today’s connected world, people expect to engage and be engaged by organizations in new ways, in ways that are most convenient for them. To help businesses respond to these changing … Read more »

Changing the face of coding

Girls Who Code, Changing the Face of Coding

Ten days ago, the United States women’s national soccer team became the most successful team in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning the top prize for the third time. However, despite the fact that soccer is not as popular in America as in the rest of the world, it is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport in recent years. The … Read more »

Microsoft partner Easydom is bringing smart homes to the masses

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Sergio Tucci was vacationing in the little Italian seaside town of Alba Adriatica in 2004 when he had the vision of controlling his home from his smartphone. Wireless access and smartphones were just beginning to reach the masses. “He was on the beach reading a technology magazine, and he said, ‘Why can’t I manage and control my home from my cellphone or with a PC connected to the Internet?’” recalls … Read more »

Microsoft announces new innovations and partner opportunities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference

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By Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. We also discussed investments the company is making in programs for our hundreds of thousands of global channel partners at the center of business transformation taking place in the industry. … Read more »

Over 500,000 unique users from 45,000 companies across 185 countries helped shape the new Power BI

Following just over six months of public preview and a continuous flow of user-driven enhancements from our rapidly growing community, I’m excited to announce the new Power BI will be generally available on July 24. But the news doesn’t stop there – we’re making four big announcements today: The Power BI business analytics service (“Power BI 2.0”) will exit preview status, becoming a generally available service on July 24. This … Read more »

More greatness from the Garage, Office 2016 for Mac, and Band API, now available — Weekend Reading: July 10 Edition

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We’re entering the dog days of summer, folks, where in the Seattle area at least, it’s still uncharacteristically hot. No matter where you roam as the mercury rises, time to grab that ice-cold lemonade and catch up on a little Weekend Reading. This week, Microsoft introduced Tossup, a fun, fast way to organize your family outings, and your social life. The app, now available to download on iPhone and Android … Read more »