Microsoft expands cross-platform services strategy through agreements with additional device partners

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In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, it’s devices that enable all the experiences to come together for consumers, businesses, developers and IT. Working with our partners, Microsoft has helped enable an amazing breadth of devices running Windows, desktop and mobile apps and compelling services to make people more productive in their digital work and life. Our aspiration is to continue to build and grow a vibrant community of billions of people … Read more »


Realmadrid App for passionate fans, tools to fight human trafficking and new research to keep data safe in the cloud – Weekend Reading: May 22nd edition

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft technology and employees played big roles in many ways this week, from powering the passion of soccer fans to building a “lockbox in the cloud” to connecting students thousands of miles apart. Before you start your holiday weekend, take a quick spin through the news. Microsoft and Real Madrid C.F. continued their technological revolution of futbol and the club with the release … Read more »

Powering fans’ passion: How cloud, big data and mobile technology are moving business beyond the pitch

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I’ve written before about my own passion for futbol and how it was a powerful force in my youth growing up in Colombia. For me, as it is for sports fans the world over, the true power and relevance of sport is the community it creates. Fans of a team share the same passion, yet connecting to this shared community when one is not attending the live game or match … Read more »

Microsoft Hyperlapse releases, Windows 10 editions and Detroit entrepreneurs – Weekend Reading: May 15 Edition

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This week saw the release of Microsoft Hyperlapse, a new set of products that create smooth, stabilized time lapses from first-person videos. For consumers, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile turns any long video – from a bumpy bicycle ride to a family stroll in the park – into a short, distilled version easily shared with friends and family. For professional shooters and serious video enthusiasts, Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro creates a hyperlapse using … Read more »

Microsoft Ignite lights up the modern workforce with new products and services – Weekend Reading: May 8 Edition

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Ready to take a breath? Do it now before we dive into the news from this week, dominated by the announcements from Microsoft’s first Ignite conference. More than 23,000 attended in Chicago and thousands more watched online, learning how IT now means “innovation” and “transformation” – for all of us in the modern workforce. The modern workforce is a more apt description than the modern workplace – a misnomer, said … Read more »

Smash tests, fire suits and indoor tornados: How UL’s controlled mayhem makes the world safer

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The Muppets have Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and UL has John Drengenberg. “Never put foil in a microwave,” Drengenberg said as he picked up a large, crumpled section of tinfoil and placed it in a white microwave. He set the timer for five minutes and hit start, triggering an impressive light show and sci-fi sound effects that made my fillings tingle. Still, my inner eighth grader leaned forward, wide-eyed. Looking up from … Read more »

IT stands for innovation and transformation

Over the past few months, we’ve been talking in detail about our company’s three core ambitions: Create more personal computing. Reinvent productivity and business processes. Build the intelligent cloud. Now, as we kick off our first Ignite conference, we focus on what those ambitions mean for a critically important customer base: IT professionals. It’s no secret that IT pros have one of the hardest jobs in the tech industry. In … Read more »

Build 2015: Billions of opportunities with Windows 10, HoloLens magic revealed, Microsoft Edge features and Band SDK unveiled — Weekend Reading: May 1 Edition

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It was a ginormous week for developers and Microsoft at Build in San Francisco. As always, Weekend Reading, at your service, with a recap of all the excitement. Read on! Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, kicked off Wednesday with announcements about new features in Windows 10 and the unveiling of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows … Read more »

Build 2015 marks an important step in our journey with developers – and it’s just the beginning

Kicking off Day 2 of Build today, I had the pleasure of expanding on the news and vision that Satya, Scott and Terry shared yesterday. We built upon the big ideas and bold ambitions from Day 1 when we announced our intention to create a world of 1 billion Windows 10 devices, and to create the most attractive development platform ever through the Universal Windows Platform (with new “bridge” toolkits) … Read more »

New services for intelligent apps + tools and runtimes for any platform & every device

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Cloud computing started as a cost-effective, flexible way to consume storage and compute, but over the last few years it has become so much more. Higher-level services are taking center stage, ushering in a new era of “intelligence” – powered by automation and driven by data insights – that is transforming how business is done. Enterprises, startups, hobbyists and developers of all types are helping to fuel this transformation. Today … Read more »

Microsoft support for veterans, data collaboration with NOAA and Microsoft Band update for cyclists – Weekend Reading: April 24 edition

From supporting veterans to helping kids learn to code, it was a busy week for Microsoft news, so let’s get started with today’s edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft joined Michelle Obama Thursday to celebrate the four-year anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative, a White House project that supports service members, veterans and their families in education, work and wellness. The company helps veterans through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, … Read more »