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At Microsoft, we believe that technology can empower everyone to achieve more. And for much of the world, it already has. You’re probably reading this on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, each connecting you to the incredible benefits of the Internet. But for 4 billion people – more than half the world’s population – the benefits of digital technology remain out of reach. To these communities, technology represents opportunity. The … Read more »

Announcing general availability of Dynamics CRM Spring 2016 Wave and new Connected Field Service solution: Customer engagement at the core of digital transformation

Business today is customer driven to a degree it has never been before. Thanks to the Internet, social media, and the proliferation of mobile devices, it is easier than ever for customers to research products and services, as well as seek opinions from friends and peers. It is also much easier for customers to switch from one brand to another. Customers are no longer just looking for products, but for … Read more »

SAP and Microsoft’s expanded partnership, custom universal Windows 10 apps for the PGA Tour and Internet of Things for everybody — Weekend Reading: May 20 edition

SAP and Microsoft’s expanded partnership, custom universal Windows 10 apps for the PGA Tour and Internet of Things for everybody — Weekend Reading: May 20 edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll catch you up on the week’s big moments, including an expanded partnership with SAP, custom apps for the PGA Tour and a London-based startup that wants more hands-on participation to shape the future of the Internet of Things. Tuesday at the 28th annual SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando, Florida, enterprise software giant SAP and Microsoft made several announcements as part of an expanded partnership: … Read more »

How London startup SAM Labs is making the Internet of Things into everybody’s thing

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There are some 10 billion hardware devices connected to the Internet today. By 2020, this Internet of Things will power over 50 billion connected cars, dog collars, toothbrushes and pretty much anything else you can imagine. But while it’s now easier than ever for people to use or even create new software, innovative hardware design has remained a distant frontier, accessible only to trained engineers and the most diehard of … Read more »

Helping build healthy families, teaching digital literacy and empowering educators with technology — Weekend Reading: May 13 edition


Windows is partnering with the nonprofit CARE to help build healthy families in poor communities like Saharsa, India, where the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the country. CARE is working to improve health care for pregnant women, new mothers and babies, with the help of the Windows 10 Upgrade Your World initiative, Office and Microsoft Cloud. Windows PCs and Excel are supporting hundreds of community health care … Read more »

‘Inside the Music,’ an Army vet at Microsoft gets White House props and Windows 10 is now on 300 million active devices – Weekend Reading: May 6 edition

Inside the Music, KEXP, Kinect

This week at Microsoft, music is among our muses, an Army vet and self-described “computer nerd” at Microsoft is honored at the White House, and Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. Let’s get it started: New music, new sounds. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with alternative nonprofit radio station KEXP through the company’s nonprofit software and grant program. And now a special … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Solair to help customers harness the power of the Internet of Things

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Solair, an Italian company that has been delivering innovative Internet of Things (IoT) services to customers across a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food & beverage and transportation. Solair shares our ambition for helping customers harness their untapped data and create new intelligence with IoT, and this acquisition supports our strategy to deliver the most complete IoT offering for enterprises. … Read more »

Microsoft adds intelligence to industry, Horvitz wins an AI award and Skype celebrates a big milestone – Weekend Reading: April 29 edition

Wurst and beer were on the minds – and in the stomachs – of many in the tech world this week, as tens of thousands descended on Hannover, Germany, for the world’s largest industrial technology fair. Grab a tasty snack or beverage yourself as you sit back and enjoy this Weekend Reading overview. At the Hannover Messe, Microsoft and its partners demonstrated intelligent aircraft engines, street lights, buildings, factories, refrigerators … Read more »

The future of mobile app development


It is incredible how much has happened since Xamarin joined Microsoft just over a month ago, starting with Scott Guthrie’s Build 2016 announcements that Xamarin is now part of all editions of Visual Studio at no additional charge — from Community to Enterprise — and our plans to open source the Xamarin SDK. It is a dream come true for us to be able to put the power of Xamarin … Read more »

Satya Nadella: Digital transformation is changing the face of manufacturing


A digital transformation is remaking companies and their factories, bringing the intersection of manufacturing and technology even closer, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Sunday in his keynote address at Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, in Germany. Enabling that transformation are systems of intelligence that help companies gain insight and take action from big data, optimize their operations and change the very nature of the business models … Read more »

Microsoft grants help kids learn computer science, Earth Day is celebrated and influential engineer is honored — Weekend Reading: April 22 edition

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From a huge effort to help kids realize their potential to a celebration of our dear old planet, this week brought plenty of interesting and inspiring news around Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced grants to 100 nonprofit partners in 55 countries as part of YouthSpark, a global initiative to increase access for young people to … Read more »