Festive marches worldwide show Microsoft employees’ Pride in being who they are

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Clark Ly landed a job at Microsoft almost eight years ago simply by applying online. As a woman who identified as a lesbian at the time, he came out gradually and enjoyed the feeling of “just being able to be me” at work. But Ly’s bigger revelation was yet to come. In January, he had his manager let all of his colleagues know via email that he was transitioning to … Read more »


Garage projects break new ground, Minecraft links with learning and Microsoft shows Pride — Weekend Reading: July 2 edition

It’s a holiday week amid the lazy days of summer, but there’s still been plenty going on around Microsoft. Round out your weekend of barbecues, parades and fireworks with our quick guide to the week’s most inspiring news and tech highlights. Five creative new projects came out of Microsoft Garage, the heart of the company’s hacking culture that lets engineering teams around the world get cutting-edge technology into people’s hands … Read more »

Bringing computer science to kids, Sway for iPad and Microsoft employees’ Pride in who they are — Weekend Reading: June 26 Edition

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The summer solstice has come and gone, but our days are still long on news. Lots of great people stories this week. Check it out. “We are far from done,” is something you may often hear Microsoft’s Kevin Wang saying. The founder of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a program supported by Microsoft YouthSpark, Wang has the kind of determination and laser focus it takes to succeed. And … Read more »

Xbox E3 news, the pioneering new GIX partnership and big data analytics – Weekend Reading: June 19 Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Reading, where we bring you the news Xbox announced during E3, the groundbreaking Global Innovation Exchange partnership to establish a new science and technology focused academic institute and a Next at Microsoft podcast about the incredible predictive powers of big data analytics. The Xbox E3 briefing Monday uncovered swell upon swell of news, including the reveal of “Halo 5: Guardians” Warzone, a fully … Read more »

The Global Innovation Exchange – a groundbreaking new partnership

The Global Innovation Exchange – a groundbreaking new partnership

Today the University of Washington and Tsinghua University announced a groundbreaking partnership to establish a new science and technology focused academic institute, the Global Innovation Exchange or GIX. Microsoft is a founding partner for GIX, and is providing $40 million in financial support. Other universities, companies and research-focused nonprofits are expected to join GIX, and within a decade over 3,000 people will be studying in a new custom-built facility in … Read more »

E3: Hot lineup of Xbox One exclusive titles, backward compatibility for Xbox 360 announced

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It was hard to catch a breath during the Xbox E3 briefing Monday: The news included the reveal of “Halo 5: Guardians” Warzone, an all-new, massive scale multiplayer mode where up to 24 players battle with AI characters joining in the fight; a fully featured version of “Minecraft” for Microsoft HoloLens; and that Xbox will be the only console to support backward compatibility natively for select Xbox 360 games for … Read more »

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Just another regular workweek gone by, you say? Not at Microsoft. We’ve been busy, with mosquitoes, drones and disease prevention in our sights; working to increase Internet access in rural areas around the world; and providing a very big canvas for collaboration in the office. Microsoft researchers are working with academic partners on Project Premonition, a system that aims to detect infectious disease outbreaks before they become widespread. The system … Read more »

Microsoft acquires BlueStripe to help customers improve application visibility and management across the datacenter and cloud

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I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has completed the acquisition of BlueStripe Software, a leading provider of application management technology. BlueStripe’s solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacenter and cloud environments. BlueStripe is commonly used today by customers to extend the value of Microsoft System Center by adding application-aware infrastructure performance monitoring. More and more, businesses are turning to applications to drive … Read more »

Microsoft is gaining ground in the cloud with global expansion

IDC recently reported that by the end of this decade the total amount of data on Earth will be around 40 zettabytes – a zettabyte is a ‘1’ followed by twenty-one ‘0’s.[1] The need for all this data and the cloud applications that utilize it, have caused the demand for infrastructure to grow exponentially, and spending on public cloud services is expected to sky rocket to an estimated $175 billion … Read more »

Windows 10 launch date announced, new devices revealed at Computex and a Microsoft intern who proved the doubters wrong – Weekend Reading: June 5 edition

Windows 10 launch date announced, new devices revealed at Computex and a Microsoft intern who proved the doubters wrong – Weekend Reading: June 5 edition

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. It was a big week for Microsoft news, so let’s dig in. Microsoft announced July 29 as the launch date for Windows 10, which means in less than eight weeks, Windows customers will get a free upgrade to start doing great things across devices with help from Cortana, Windows Hello and Microsoft Edge. They’re all included in Windows 10, which brings back the … Read more »

Improving the Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement for consumers

What do Windows, Skype, Xbox Live and OneDrive have in common? One simpler service agreement and privacy statement from Microsoft. In a world of more personalized computing, customers need meaningful transparency and privacy protections. And those aren’t possible unless we get the basics right. For consumer services, that starts with clear terms and policies that both respect individual privacy and don’t require a law degree to read. In an effort … Read more »