Democratizing Research With the Cloud

This week Microsoft announced a new tool using the Windows Azure cloud platform that will dramatically lower the barriers many researchers face accessing and generating life science data. This shift is not unlike that which occurred in the 1970s when the first personal computers were sold. Before then, computers used to be so big they filled entire rooms, and access to them was controlled through a schedule — it’s where … Read more »

Microsoft Lync: Ushering in a new generation of communications

Today, with our customers and partners in New York City, we are celebrating the launch of Microsoft Lync — the next generation of Office Communications Server.   Earlier this year, Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 launched, delivering the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser. Together, these products provide the productivity backbone of modern businesses and help address the generational shifts impacting organizations of all sizes – … Read more »

Learn How to Protect Yourself From Counterfeit Software

Today as part of our third annual Consumer Action Day, Microsoft is releasing the results of a recent survey where we asked nearly 40,000 people in 20 countries how they feel about counterfeit software. The results show a growing tide of awareness about the problem, and a worldwide call from consumers for industry and government to do something about it. An overwhelming majority — 80 percent — expressed a range … Read more »

SC10: The Future of Discovery and the Power of Simplicity

I’m on the Steering Committee for SC10, the annual high-performance computing (HPC) conference, which is this week in New Orleans.  The conference brings together an extraordinary group of scientists, engineers, educators, software developers and government leaders to share and experience the latest in high-performance computing hardware, software and applications.  It’s the place to be. From a personal perspective, it is always an exciting event, given my long background in HPC. … Read more »

North Carolina is the first state to adopt Microsoft IT Academy statewide

Today is the kickoff of American Education Week with the purpose of shining a spotlight on the importance that every student has a basic right to receive an excellent public education and highlighting the need for everyone to get involved in improving the education system in the United States. To help celebrate, we are in Raleigh, North Carolina announcing a new partnership with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to … Read more »

Celebrating the launch of Kinect with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Today, I had the pleasure of standing with Karen McDonald from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg, a BGCA alum and lifelong supporter of the Clubs. Together we announced, as part of the celebration of the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, that Kinect will be made available to the 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. As I stood in Times Square with … Read more »

Inspiration in Africa – 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teacher Awards announced

The Partners in Learning  Worldwide Innovation Education Forum in Cape Town is a celebration of all the incredible teachers and education leaders. Throughout our week in Cape Town there were so many inspirational and thought provoking moments. The stakes are high for students around the world today. Acquiring knowledge is no longer enough. Throughout the week we discussed how we must prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist and … Read more »