Microsoft to acquire VoloMetrix to empower individuals and drive organizational productivity

Even small improvements in a person’s day-to-day effectiveness can add up to significant value for an organization and greater employee happiness. Today, most of us don’t have the tools and information to help us make better decisions about our scarcest resource at work: our time. But, similar to how fitness trackers help us understand our health in our personal lives, innovative new solutions are emerging to objectively measure and prioritize … Read more »


IFA 2015, a visit with Christina Chen and the latest Microsoft Garage apps roll out – Weekend Reading: Sept. 4 edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! We bring you stories about IFA 2015, fast-rising Microsoft exec Christina Chen and the latest wave of apps releasing through the Microsoft Garage. IFA 2015, a leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances taking place in Germany, is showcasing new Windows 10 devices and featured Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM Division, as its keynote speaker on Friday. … Read more »

Microsoft delivers new school supplies for class this year

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The stores are chock-full of school supplies, buses are back on their routes, and anticipation is in the air: it’s back-to-school time again. And while parents and students are doing their part to be school-ready, teachers have been working behind-the-scenes to prepare for perhaps the most important job there is: educating our next generation. I’ve had the great privilege to work with teachers and schools around the world for years, … Read more »

Inclusive design isn’t just polite – it’s also good business, says devices exec Christina Chen

Sometimes, serving others can be a wonderfully self-serving experience. Take Christina Chen, a fast-rising star at Microsoft who was recently named by Business Insider as one of the “most powerful women engineers in the world.” She began her “education” young, working in her parents’ restaurant, where she first formed the customer-centric mindset that has taken her from appetizers to app development. “I started out cleaning tables,” she said recently, discussing … Read more »

Sparking learning at YouthSpark summer camps, 75M devices running Windows 10, and a regular cellphone turns into a 3D scanner — Weekend Reading: Aug. 28 edition

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With summer waning, most students are just getting ready to head back to school. But there are some who decided to continue learning over the break, and specifically, to dive into the world of coding. Read on for this story and more from the week at Microsoft, where the phrase “summer slowdown” is an oxymoron. Around the U.S. and in Canada, children ages 8 and up spent part of their … Read more »

Helping military vets build new careers, applauding a hands-on young researcher and ‘connecting’ cows for healthier herds – Weekend Reading: August 21 edition

Helping military vets build new careers, applauding a hands-on young researcher and ‘connecting’ cows for healthier herds – Weekend Reading: August 21 edition

It may be August and prime vacation time, but it was a busy week of interesting news at Microsoft. Let’s get started. The #GiveThem20 challenge raises awareness of the need to help returning military veterans transition to fulfilling civilian careers. Chris Cortez, vice president of Microsoft Military Affairs, and other Microsoft employees recently rose to the challenge, which included 20 push-ups. It was part of an ongoing commitment to helping … Read more »

Another Ice Bucket Challenge answered, diagnosing disease with the cloud and Hackathon winner announced — Weekend Reading: August 14 Edition

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Greetings weekend warriors. Step away from that barbecue! Or, at least sit down long enough to take in some inspirational and personal stories from the past week. Also, more to report on the Windows 10 front. … Read on! A Vancouver-based OneNote developer and his team have emerged victorious over more than 3,300 other projects and 13,000 other hackers around the world competing in Microsoft’s second annual //oneweek Hackathon during … Read more »

Microsoft Australia’s Pip Marlow talks feminism, ‘Mad Max’ and the path to a more equal workplace

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It pleases me to say that I was the first person to tell Pip Marlow about the blockbuster film “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “I haven’t seen it, to be honest,” she said. “But I saw the original ‘Mad Max,’ years ago.” Presented with such an opportunity—to waste the time of the executive in charge of Microsoft’s overall business in Australia with a hardcore geek’s synopsis of a post-apocalyptic action movie—one … Read more »

Sneak peeks at new games, more Windows 10 perks and Kinect-powered music — Weekend Reading: Aug. 7 edition

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August seems to have crept up on us, and its first week has brought some exciting news for gamers, Windows 10 users, music fans, Microsoft employees and plenty of others around the globe. We’ve rounded up the highlights for this latest edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft made a splash at gamescom 2015, the world’s biggest interactive games and entertainment expo, by unveiling new footage for some highly anticipated games for … Read more »

The employee experience at Microsoft: Aligning benefits to our culture

When I look at how rapidly the traditional workplace is changing, not just at Microsoft, but throughout business in general, I see a tremendous opportunity for companies to put a stake in the ground around what they believe in and what kind of culture they want to build together with employees. This is certainly the case with Microsoft, as we evolve our culture to one that embodies a growth mindset … 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 »