Explore three futuristic Microsoft hardware labs

Some of the world’s most extraordinary hardware labs are hidden behind the nondescript exterior of Microsoft’s Building 87 in Redmond, Wash. Inside the labs, small teams of experts work to turn their vision of tomorrow into tangible technology, making essential contributions to products including Surface, HoloLens and Cortana. The tools of their trade are just as unique. Building 87 contains industrial sewing machines for smart fabrics, a human-sized light box … Read more »

Havok to join Microsoft

Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel. As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok’s development tools to partners. We believe that Havok is a fantastic addition to Microsoft’s existing tools and platform components for developers, including DirectX 12, Visual Studio … Read more »

Inside Microsoft’s futuristic hardware labs, helping disaster recovery in Nepal and geeking out with Cortana’s wit – Weekend Reading: Oct. 2 edition


A lot of cool stuff happened this week, so let’s dig in! Microsoft’s /stories team published “Inside B87,” a rich, immersive look at what’s behind the nondescript exterior of Microsoft’s Building 87 in Redmond, Wash. Turns out it’s some of the world’s top hardware labs, where brilliant minds are transforming visions of tomorrow into tangible technology. Peek inside the futuristic labs to explore the world’s quietest room, a human-sized light … Read more »

Employee giving changes lives, for a lifetime…

Suveen Reddy, a senior program manager for MSIT, speaks about giving at Microsoft.

Suveen Reddy is passionate about volunteering. Shortly after joining Microsoft in 2001, Suveen, a senior program manager, visited his grandparents’ rural farming village in India. While spending time with family, he learned about their friend, Madhava, whose vision rapidly deteriorated into near blindness. He could no longer take care of daily responsibilities on his farm. “Though he was only 55, his family thought his vision was deteriorating because of old … Read more »

Grand opening dates set for Microsoft flagship stores in New York City and Sydney

It’s an exciting time for Microsoft! Our stores are no exception, as we near the opening of our first-ever flagship store in New York City, followed by our first international flagship location in Sydney. Today, we get one step closer to expanding our direct, face-to-face connection with Microsoft fans and are happy to share grand opening dates for both Microsoft flagship stores. Microsoft on Fifth Ave. and 53rd St. will … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Adxstudio Inc., Web portal and application lifecycle management solutions provider

Organizations today are looking for new and different ways to better connect, support and engage with their customers. People increasingly rely on channels like Web portals to make sure their voice is heard – in fact this year, Forrester research uncovered that for the first time, Web self-service is now the most popular channel customers use to find help. Microsoft is committed to delivering intelligent customer engagement solutions to empower people and … Read more »

Numbers help sum up the big picture in Microsoft’s story

We often tell stories with words, trying to choose just the right ones to describe what we’re doing or how we’re doing it. But sometimes, it’s numbers that can give us a clearer picture. Today we’re rolling out our new Microsoft by the Numbers site to highlight some cool facts that numbers show best. We’ve tallied some of the ways Microsoft is helping people all over the planet achieve more … Read more »

5 partnership principles for a new Microsoft

Since joining Microsoft a year ago to lead business development, I often get asked how I think about partnerships. To me, partnerships are a path to innovation. By coming together with others, we’re able to unlock new opportunities, chart new territories and reach people in new ways. Office 2016, released this week, is a great example of partners like Salesforce, Dropbox and Uber bringing so much innovation to the Office … Read more »

Office 2016 releases worldwide, Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Microsoft – Weekend Reading: Sept. 25 edition

Office 2016

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! This week, we saw the global launch of Office 2016, a tour of the Microsoft campus by Chinese President Xi Jinping and how Microsoft Showcase Schools create innovative learning environments. On Tuesday, Office 2016 arrived, marking a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on teamwork. It has lightning-fast search for your inbox and Office 365 Groups … Read more »

Office 2016: Reinventing productivity and business processes

­How people work has changed dramatically. But one constant is that everyone wants to get more out of every moment of their life — after all, our time is the scarcest commodity. That’s why Microsoft has set a bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business process in this mobile-first, cloud-first world. Today’s release of Office 2016 is a big step forward. We designed it to help change the nature of … Read more »

Microsoft expands computer science education, partnership with Salesforce and your mind with Hacking Mars design challenge — Weekend Reading, Sept. 18 edition

TEALS, education, computer science, YouthSpark

The universe expanded in new ways, yet got more personal, this week at Microsoft. For one thing, CEO Satya Nadella announced a new commitment of $75 million to help young people around the world study computer science. Also announced: Microsoft’s strategic partnership with Salesforce will grow. And if you’re ready to help “The Martian’s” stranded astronaut Mark Watney get off the Red Planet, the Hacking Mars design challenge is your … Read more »