Weekend Reading: Imagine Cup Finals Start

It’s a big weekend – and not just because most of us in
Redmond have a long weekend for the 4th of July holiday. In Warsaw,
students from around the world are converging for this year’s Imagine Cup,
our annual technology competition. This year some 325,000 students took on the
challenge of solving big global problems as outlined by the United Nations Millenium Development
goals. Some student projects already
are making progress
in meeting those goals. Look for stories on the finals
this Thursday.

In other news this week (aside from the Netherlands’ 2-1 shocker
over Brazil in the World Cup on Friday):

  • Monday we saw a big change when MSNBC unveiled a new design. The site
    represents a new way to serve up news and information – one that’s more graphic
    and offers better storytelling.
  • We’ve had lots of Xbox news in recent weeks.
    Here’s an excellent interview
    with Ryan Moore, Xbox worldwide product marketing manager, about the new Xbox console and Kinect.
  • Last month we released Microsoft Office
    to the consumer market. It wasn’t just a company effort – thousands of
    users contributed ideas and feedback. Wired tells that
  • Windows
    continues to gain momentum. Silicon.com kicked
    the tires
    on the cloud-based application and spoke with Bob Muglia,
    president of our Server and Tools Business.
  • Finally, in case you missed it, have a look at
    Frank Shaw’s blog
    post of a week
    ago in which he walked readers through some interesting
    numbers about Microsoft. That post led to a lively discussion on the web.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Owen Linderholm