Weekend Reading – James Cameron, Imagine Cup, Messenger, and the World’s Most Influential People

Those of you reading the blog this week can’t fail to have missed our excitement about the U.S. finals for the Imagine Cup.  This is the international student technology competition that we sponsor.  It was a great event – guests included “Avatar” director James Cameron, as well as our own Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer. And they saw some amazing projects all focused on tackling the world’s greatest challenges … Read more »

Speculation About the "Courier" Project

Over the past few months there has been a ton of speculation about the “Courier” project from Microsoft. We’ve not discussed or confirmed the project. There is more speculation today, and below is what we are saying publicly: “At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated.  It’s in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster … Read more »

Preparing Students Today for Their World Tomorrow

Students always have been important to Microsoft —after all, Bill Gates was a student when he founded Microsoft 35 years ago. The  enthusiasm and limitless imaginations of young people have inspired, created and shaped many new products. I’m general manager of Microsoft’s Education Products Group. As such, I have the good fortune to work with people who are devoted to helping students achieve their potential. I wanted to take a … Read more »

Suzy Amis-Cameron: Technology Can Help Young Children

Technology can help young children learn more about subjects that they naturally gravitate toward and are most interested in, said Suzy Amis-Cameron, who attended the final of the U.S. Imagine Cup in Washington, D.C., on Monday with husband and filmmaker James Cameron. She said she wanted to hear from the students in the competition about their ideas for solving some of the world’s toughest problems, but that she’s specifically interested … Read more »

Putting Windows 7 Technologies to Work in Specialized Devices

Since the launch of Windows 7 late last year, we’ve been thrilled by its success and the overwhelming response. Windows 7 is a great example of how Microsoft continues to evolve our platform with emerging technologies and leading innovations, creating partner opportunities that capitalize on new markets and maximize profits. We continue to see strong momentum with commercial customers and consumers alike. Building on the strength of Windows for PCs … Read more »

Imagine Cup Teams Laser Focused in Last Moments Before Final Presentations

In the anxious moments before they made their final presentation that would determine whether they advance to the Imagine Cup World Finals in Poland, Team Blog, one of two all-women teams who made it to the final round of competition, had an emotional group hug. Team Blob members have a group moment before making a final presentation that would determine whether they win the U.S. Imagine Cup software design first … Read more »

Microsoft’s SIR v8 Offers Insight and Guidance on Cyber Defense

The Internet holds great opportunity, but as cybercrime evolves it can be difficult to know how to stay protected. For example, the newest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report version eight (SIRv8) released today reveals that cybercrime continues to mature and adopt more traditional business techniques. As businesses continue a gradual migration toward cloud computing, bot herders in the malware community have adopted their own version of cloud computing – a “black … Read more »

Coders Go the (Long) Distance for Imagine Cup

In 2008, Yamini Girey flew from India to the United States to start her graduate studies. On a stopover in Frankfurt, she bumped into Krishna Rao, who just happened to be heading to the same school, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The pair hit it off immediately. “We might not have met any other way because we’re in different areas,” Rao said at the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals on Sunday. … Read more »

High School Team Makes Mark at Imagine Cup

Looking at the way they carried themselves, you would never know they were still in high school. Team Red, ironically decked out in matching blue shirts, had just finished showing off a video game it had built from scratch. The game was good enough to have landed it a spot in the U.S. Imagine Cup finals, and the team members were feeling good about it after presenting it to a … Read more »

Imagine Cup Takes Student Work to Next Level

Today at the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals, teams of students presented their plans to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. All morning long, students shuffled through Microsoft’s offices in Washington, D.C., and made their cases before a panel of judges. They all found their own ways to get pumped before making their pitches. “We woke up and listened to Led Zeppelin,” said Josh Light, a member of Extraplaid from … Read more »