Announcing Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2016 World Champion!

Smiling members of the ENTy team strike a pose.

Now in its 14th year, nothing embodies the spirit of student innovation at Microsoft more than Imagine Cup, the company’s global technology competition that aims to give young developers the opportunity to acquire new and critical technical, business and team-building skills. Today, Team ENTy of Romania took their place as the 2016 Imagine Cup World Champion during a live broadcast and in front of hundreds of students in the Quincy … Read more »

//oneweek to remember: Employee Hackathon, Imagine Cup student competition and Gleason documentary released – Weekend reading for July 29

//oneweek to remember: Employee Hackathon, Imagine Cup student competition and Gleason documentary released – Weekend reading for July 29

In many ways, it was like Valentine’s Day every day this week at Microsoft. That’s because it was //oneweek, an annual event that includes an employee Hackathon. This year, more than 15,000 worldwide poured their hearts and souls into creating new projects to solve problems and to help other people. It was also the finale of the worldwide Imagine Cup student competition, with the students’ projects aiming to do the … Read more »

Team Gleason: Technology can help bridge the gap as cures are sought for ALS

Steve Gleason

On Friday, GLEASON, the critically acclaimed documentary about former NFL player Steve Gleason, will open in select theaters across the U.S. GLEASON tells the incredibly powerful story of Steve’s life both leading up to and after his diagnosis in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’ve been fortunate to see the documentary a few times over the last few months and I’ll be honest, you’ll need … Read more »

Saving babies’ lives, a new era in digital aviation and predictive emojis — Weekend Reading: July 22 edition

Autumn Parkinson uses the CHAMP app for her baby Job. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

It’s been a full, productive week, with Microsoft technology playing major roles in pediatric health, digital aviation, business solutions and emoji help. Here’s a look at this week’s highlights. A new app is saving babies’ lives and helping parents, thanks to a technologically minded doctor and his team in Kansas City, Missouri. Conceived by Girish Shirali, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Mercy hospital, the CHAMP app helps babies born with … Read more »

Introducing Microsoft Stream: the secure destination to manage and share videos for businesses of all sizes


Video is one of the most powerful ways we connect, communicate and learn today – breaking down geographic boundaries and bringing a distinctly human element to digital interactions.  Myriad platforms exist in the consumer space to upload and share live or on demand in a matter of seconds. As one of the most consumed and shared content types on the internet, video is increasingly an important part of our personal … Read more »

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference showcases big plans with GE, new Windows subscriptions for businesses and why Facebook uses Office 365 — Weekend Reading: July 15 edition

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt at WPC

The sold-out 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Canada, wrapped up yesterday after four days of back-to-back announcements. We won’t take up your entire weekend by covering all of the news that came out of WPC, but here are some hand-picked highlights for this latest edition of Weekend Reading. The announcement that GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet will be available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for … Read more »

Microsoft announces technology innovations at Worldwide Partner Conference, opening up new opportunities for partners

For the latest innovations that translate into business success, look no further than the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). We’re into Day 2 of our annual event that is designed to inspire new thinking, spark new relationships and — most important — drive new business opportunities across our partner ecosystem. This is an exciting time for Microsoft as we celebrate our partners’ successes, and announce new technology innovations and channel … Read more »

Digital transformation ignites higher margins, faster growth for Microsoft partners

If I could choose one word to define the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for partners, it’s this: opportunity. Our partners realize almost 20 percent higher margins than those of the next closest competitor. Opportunity draws more than 16,000 attendees from around the world to Toronto this week, for what many of our partners view as the most important event of the year. Today, opportunity means the cloud, which is … Read more »

Microsoft Imagine Cup judges unveiled and they are out of this world

Imagine Cup is a magical time at Microsoft. It’s a time when young student developers from all over the globe descend upon Seattle to share their visions for transforming the world around them through the power of technology. A few weeks ago, we unveiled an exciting lineup of 35 student developer teams that will compete head to head from July 26-29 to become the next Imagine Cup Champion. To say … Read more »

New business offerings unveiled, Microsoft researchers help set DNA storage record — Weekend Reading: July 8 edition

New business offerings unveiled, Microsoft researchers help set DNA storage record — Weekend Reading: July 8 edition

With the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft AppSource, Microsoft on Wednesday took a big step toward achieving its broader vision for the future of business process apps. Available this fall, Microsoft Dynamics 365 evolves Microsoft’s current CRM and ERP cloud solutions into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions, including: Financials, Field Service, Sales, Operations, Marketing, Project Service Automation and Customer Service. There’s … Read more »

Empower your employees with the Secure Productive Enterprise

Today’s cloud and mobile technology is enabling companies to reshape their business and capitalize on the digital transformation impacting us all. By taking advantage of the latest innovations, businesses can transform their products and services, engage their customers in completely new ways, and gain new efficiencies by modernizing operations. And, importantly, companies now have the most advanced technology at hand to empower their employees to achieve more. The Microsoft technology … Read more »