Introducing Microsoft Health

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Today we’re announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health. Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation occurring around wearable devices with smart sensors that are telling us more about our lives. A vibrant marketplace of devices and services is giving us access to a wealth of data about our nutrition, health and fitness. We see an opportunity to bring these devices and services together to allow you to combine … Read more »


Helping IT professionals and developers do more in the mobile-first, cloud-first world

Today I was thrilled to keynote at TechEd Europe in Barcelona and talk to thousands of IT professionals and developers. In our mobile-first, cloud-first world we are always connected, always “on.” The pace of business is faster than ever before – and accelerating. We want to empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more with technology – wherever they go with whatever device, and with the clouds, platforms … Read more »

Microsoft to elevate Special Olympics’ games system to the cloud as part of new partnership

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Microsoft announced Monday a three-year, multimillion dollar partnership with the Special Olympics to modernize the nonprofit’s technology and elevate it to the cloud. The Azure-based games management system will enable instant access to real-time updates and athlete information. Microsoft will also provide 800 Surface tablets and 1,200 Lumia phones, which will be used to track all events at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, while connecting volunteers across multiple … Read more »

Microsoft Azure Australia Geo generally available

Last week in San Francisco, I announced that Microsoft Azure would soon be available in 19 regions around the globe, offering customers the most local regions of any public cloud provider. Today at TechEd Sydney, we opened our 18th and 19th regions for business, in New South Wales and Victoria. Since we announced the Australia Azure Geo we’ve had incredible interest from customers and several Australian companies have been working … Read more »

Microsoft’s innovations help speed up customer adoption of cloud computing — Weekend Reading: Oct. 24th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on getting the cloud up and running faster, the release of Kinect SDK 2.0 and a new adapter kit, and the expansion of the Microsoft Garage to making cross-platform consumer apps. In a post Monday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group, announced several innovations to help accelerate … Read more »

Microsoft releases Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit

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Today, we have some exciting news to share about the next chapter for Kinect. Our Windows SDK 2.0 is now available for the Kinect v2 sensors, and developers can commercially deploy Kinect apps in the Windows Store for the first time. Kinect democratized motion sensing in 2010 and today that journey continues. We are introducing a $49.99 (USD) adapter kit that enables you to take the Kinect for Xbox One … Read more »

Microsoft publishes its Annual Citizenship Report for fiscal year 2014

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On Monday, we published the Microsoft 2014 Citizenship Report. Microsoft’s citizenship commitments, to serve our communities and fulfill our responsibilities to the public, are based on our core belief that these commitments and actions contribute long-term value to society and to our business. As a reflection of that belief, we publish the Microsoft Citizenship Report each year at the same time as our Annual Report. During fiscal year 2014, Microsoft … Read more »

Delivering a complete cloud for every business, industry and geography

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Today I joined our CEO Satya Nadella onstage in San Francisco to talk about Microsoft’s approach to delivering the industry’s complete cloud – one for every business, every industry and every geography. Cloud is transforming our world today at an accelerated pace and businesses are redefining what is possible with Microsoft’s cloud. From creating an intelligent asset monitoring system that improves business operations in real time, to reaching millions of … Read more »

Azure boasts new machine learning capabilities and Microsoft reveals details of Ignite conference — Weekend Reading: Oct. 17th Edition

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Greetings, Weekend Reading warriors. Whether your head’s in the clouds, or you’ve got boots on the ground, we’ve got news for you. Read on. At the big data event Strata + Hadoop World in New York, Microsoft announced Wednesday the expansion of Azure data services, including support of real-time analytics for Apache Hadoop in Azure HDInsight and new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Hang onto your collective hats. Microsoft is … Read more »

Introducing Microsoft Ignite and our lineup of top conferences in 2015

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Last July, we put the word out that Microsoft will host a unified enterprise technology conference in May. We told you it will bring together the best of previously individual events – the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences – and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for. Now, we have more to share.

Azure adds real-time analytics for Hadoop and new machine learning capabilities

Today at Strata + Hadoop World in New York, one of the industry’s premier big data events, we’re announcing the expansion of our Azure data services. These announcements and our participation in the event are part of our commitment to bring big data to everyone by leveraging the power, flexibility and scale of the cloud. We’re announcing support of real-time analytics for Apache Hadoop in Azure HDInsight and new machine … Read more »