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 »

Project Spark ignites gamers’ minds, and Surface Pro 3 is a good fit for enterprise — Weekend Reading: Oct. 10th Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Project Spark, the Surface Pro 3’s role in the workplace and Adobe Creative Cloud now optimized for Surface Pro 3. Project Spark made its official world debut in stores this week, and its creators and early devotees hope the game for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One will spread far beyond its million beta users and help break the glass between … Read more »

Read a pick-your-path quest inspired by ‘Project Spark’

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It’s 11 a.m. and you’re still in your pajamas – plaid shorts, a faded David Bowie t-shirt and worn moccasin slippers. Brows furrowed, deep in thought, you tap your fingers on the desktop, creating concentric circles in your now-cold coffee. Your eyes drift back and forth between a stack of notebooks (filled with your handwriting) and the Microsoft Word document on your laptop (all but empty). “’Project Spark’ – where … Read more »

A first look at Windows 10 — Weekend Reading: Oct. 3rd Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the introduction of Windows 10, the relationship between Microsoft and the NFL, and a YouthSpark expedition into the jungle with five young technologists. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, introduced Windows 10 as “the first step of a whole new generation of Windows.” Windows 10 will run across a broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, … Read more »

The heart of the jungle: How five young technologists changed their communities, the jungle and themselves

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Even in the jungle, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will also be one of the only times to catch Sara Stifler, Sathya Narayanan Subramanian, Dominic Co, Juan Carlos Murillo and Laura Fulton holding still. It will be where we discuss life, love, technology and the point of it all over eggs, toast, plantains and exotic juices.  Over the clatter of coffee cups and silverware, these … Read more »

New Office 365 plans for small and mid-sized businesses available today

On Thursday, we released a new set of Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of businesses ranging in size from one to approximately 250 employees. The new plans are specifically designed for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) at a price point that makes Office 365 an easy decision. The new Office 365 plans provide the applications and services SMBs need to be productive and successful. They offer more … Read more »

Microsoft and NFL give more to fans and teams

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For a lot of people in the U.S., autumn is synonymous with football. Now that the NFL season is in full swing, fans and teams can find new and better ways to experience this fall favorite thanks to the ongoing collaborative sponsorship between Microsoft and the NFL. “We have a passion for innovating and improving the quality of our devices and services, and are especially excited about this opportunity to … Read more »

Office Sway re-imagines how you create and share interactive content

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The introduction of Office Sway provides an easy way to make and share interactive creations using the cloud and adapting to whatever device people use to view your creations. A “Sway” is the canvas you create using Sway. Drop in your content from your cloud storage, your devices or social networks. Built-in content sources include OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Sway’s built-in design engine takes the hassle out of formatting your content, … Read more »

Windows 10: ‘The first step of a whole new generation of Windows’

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Windows 10 “represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows,” writes Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, in a blog post. “Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.” Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, … Read more »