Royal Caribbean International to provide 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets

Royal Caribbean gives its crew members 40,000 Windows 8.1 tablets

In line with technology upgrades being made across the Royal Caribbean Cruises fleet, the company is giving all of its 40,000 shipboard crew members Windows 8.1 tablets. “This technology isn’t only about giving our guests a better vacation – it’s about giving our crew and their families a closer connection than we’ve ever been able to,” says Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. These Windows tablets … Read more »


Weekend Reading: Aug. 22nd Edition – Microsoft and TracFone partner on a pilot project and the HTC One (M8) comes to Windows

Microsoft and TracFone collaboration on pilot project

As summer winds down, Weekend Reading delivers stories on a project that helps diabetes patients, a profile on the chief technical officer of Microsoft’s Cloud and Services organization, the debut of the HTC One (M8) for Windows smartphone and Steve Ballmer stepping down from the Microsoft Board of Directors. A new pilot project, in conjunction with Health Choice Network, will provide Windows Phone devices to diabetes patients to help them … Read more »

Introducing the HTC One (M8) for Windows

HTC One (M8) for Windows

Starting Tuesday, the HTC One (M8) for Windows, the first device to ship in the U.S. with the Windows Phone 8.1 Update, will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless online and in stores. It comes loaded with features such as Cortana, Live Folders and Action Center. It also has a bevy of HTC features, including the HTC BlinkFeed app, which is integrated into the Live Tile layout and provides quick … Read more »

Quiet riot: Dave Campbell and the art of humble disruption

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Disruptive. According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, it’s the adjective form of disrupt, which means to break apart or throw into disorder. But in the tech industry, it’s become the buzz word for transformation, tearing something down in order to create something new and better.  Spend time talking with Dave Campbell, Chief Technical Officer of Microsoft’s Cloud and Services organization and one of the company’s elite corps of Technical Fellows and … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 15th Edition — Xbox ignites gamescom, Satya Nadella names Hackathon winner, gets ice bath

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We soared this week with big news for gamers, the naming of Hackathon and Microsoft Ventures winners, and the announcement of a high-flying partnership with a major airline. Read on! It was wall-to-wall Xbox at gamescom 2014, Europe’s biggest video games expo. The platform showcased its stellar portfolio of exclusive games, while inviting the next generation of gamers to play with a family of bundles featuring some of the hottest … Read more »

Saudi Airlines flies to new heights with business intelligence solution from Microsoft

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Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has chosen Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Power BI for Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way. By using this Microsoft technology to implement a business intelligence (BI) solution, the airline forecasts better business visibility, more engaged employees and savings of millions of dollars per year. The … Read more »

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reveals grand prize winner of //oneweek Hackathon: Ability Eye Gaze

On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft's first-ever companywide Hacakthon, were given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) (Photo credit: Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures.)

Their vision was simple, said Matthew Mack, one of the leaders of the //oneweek Hackathon team known as Ability Eye Gaze. “Until there is a cure for ALS, technology is a cure.” The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise awareness about ALS, as well as … Read more »

Updates coming to Xbox One include more social features, new ways to watch TV

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Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One, writes Major Nelson in a blog post. Among the updates: New “Friends” section. Users can see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with … Read more »

Nokia 130 will debut this fall in countries such as China, Egypt and India

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The Microsoft Devices Group contributes to the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones with the introduction of the Nokia 130, designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At only 19 euros, the Nokia 130 gives first-time mobile phone users a built-in video player with up to 16 hours of playback, a music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 8th Edition — Surface Pro 3 to launch in 25 more countries and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online adds new markets

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Summer slowdown? Not really. We learned that Surface Pro 3 is heading to 25 more countries soon, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is adding new markets and Peggy Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development. So, let’s jump in: Surface Pro 3, already in the U.S., Japan and Canada, will be available in 25 more countries starting Aug. 28: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, … Read more »