Kenya and the ‘nomadic’ Internet open up future of possibilities

Satya Nadella discusses Windows 10 with school children from Burguret Secondary School in Nanyuki, Kenya. Microsoft’s CEO traveled to the region to observe the impact of TV white spaces in rural communities.

Before affordable Internet access came to Nanyuki, a town of 30,000 nestled near Mount Kenya 125 miles north of Nairobi, Red Cross representative Anthony Kuria had to close the office and walk hours to the nearest hot spot to send an email. He’d often return to a line of waiting people who needed his help. Worse, when the inevitable fire or flood came and families became separated, snail mail and … Read more »

Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam, an innovative sales gamification platform, to help organizations increase productivity

I’m excited to announce that Microsoft has acquired Incent Games Inc., the developer and owner of FantasySalesTeam, an innovative sales gamification platform that’s helped hundreds of companies boost sales productivity, drive revenue and improve CRM adoption through collaboration and team based competition. The benefits of this creative and popular feature will soon be available for our customers to help them incentivize their sales teams to new heights and better results. … Read more »

Satya Nadella crowns the 2015 Imagine Cup World Champions

Satya IC

For 13 years, Microsoft Imagine Cup has inspired and challenged student developers worldwide to master new skills, build strong teams and bring entire technology projects from concept to completion. As a company originally founded by students, Microsoft believes in the power of young people connecting with technology to dream big, build creatively and boldly bring their ideas to life. Through our Microsoft Imagine program, students of all ages and skill … Read more »

Microsoft’s Harry Shum discusses Hackathon and TalkEasy, which helps people with hearing impairment

Harry Shum discusses Hackathon project TalkEasy, which helps people with hearing impairment

Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research Group, says the excitement at last year’s Hackathon inspired him to do his own hack this year. “I thought about what I want to hack on,” he says. “Very often, great products come from the things that people really care about.” For the 2015 Hackathon, he was inspired by his father, who is hard of hearing. Shum assembled a team … Read more »

Windows 10 launches, //oneweek Hackathon exercises innovation muscles and Microsoft Imagine Cup winners announced – Weekend Reading: July 31 edition

Windows 10

Welcome to a jam-packed edition of Weekend Reading, a recap of a very exciting, busy week at Microsoft. Let’s get started! Windows 10 launched worldwide across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets, complete with global fan celebrations and a new #UpgradeYourWorld initiative. “We are excited to bring Windows 10 and its many innovations to the world,” said Windows and Devices Group Corporate Vice President … Read more »

Need a reason to upgrade to Windows 10? Here’s 10 of them

From great apps to being able to game epically, there’s plenty to love about the new Windows – “the best Windows ever,” writes Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Windows and Devices Group. It has new innovations such as Cortana, the Microsoft Edge browser and Windows Hello, while being familiar and easy to use. On July 29, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with … Read more »

Your free upgrade is here: Windows 10 launches with worldwide fan celebrations, #UpgradeYourWorld and more


On July 29, Microsoft will make Windows 10 available, across 190 countries, as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. “We are excited to bring Windows 10 and its many innovations to the world,” Windows and Devices Group Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post. “Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and was built to empower people to do great things. It has new … Read more »

Explore Hugh MacLeod’s illustrated guide to life inside Microsoft

Hugh MacLeod in Seattle, Washington

Drawing for me is a way of processing thoughts,” said cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. “I use lines to join the dots in my mind.” Those dots he refers to cut to the core of office environments. They help capture, within a drawing, the essence of a company’s aspirations. It’s “motivational art that doesn’t suck,” or so says his company’s website. Prescriptive and inspiring is what pops into my head. You kind … Read more »

Building up to the Windows 10 launch, Special Olympics, //oneweek Hackathon and Imagine Cup – Weekend Reading: July 24 edition

Special Olympics athlete Andy Miyares

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where we bring you stories about Special Olympics athletes, the upcoming //oneweek Hackathon and Imagine Cup projects. Swimmer Andy Miyares and sprinter Matthew Pascoe are two of four athletes Microsoft is following as they train, travel to and try to achieve their personal best in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Opening ceremonies are July 25 and will … Read more »

A week to soar: Innovation on display at Worldwide Partner Conference, parties planned for Windows 10 release and Special Olympics athletes on the move – Weekend Reading: July 17 edition

Special Olympics

It was a high-flying week at Microsoft, and if you blinked, you missed it. That’s why we’re here, to give you a recap of some of the week’s most important (and fun) goings-on, so let’s get to it: The Worldwide Partner Conference got down to business. New technology innovations were showcased, including Project GigJam and the Cortana Analytics Suite, demonstrating Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the … Read more »

Microsoft acquires FieldOne, global provider of field service management solutions for the enterprise

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire FieldOne Systems LLC (“FieldOne”), a world-class provider of field service management solutions that allow organizations to better manage and deliver service to their customers in the field. In today’s connected world, people expect to engage and be engaged by organizations in new ways, in ways that are most convenient for them. To help businesses respond to these changing … Read more »