Weekend Reading: New Year’s Eve Edition

With the end of 2010 right around the corner, this edition of Weekend Reading focuses on the year that was and the year that could be, along with an interesting story about how the fiber-optic market has finally come full circle a decade after the telecom depression of the early 2000s. Without further ado, here is your New Year’s Eve edition of Weekend Reading: Microsoft lauded as a top innovator. … Read more »

Baking Social Into the Experience


Social computing has already changed the way we create and maintain our connections with friends, family, colleagues, companies and more. However, the world of social computing remains fragmented. The lack of integration creates frustrating disconnects that are inevitable when we are forced to switch between services and applications to stay up to date. While it may feel as though we’ve arrived at the finish line of social computing, it’s really … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Christmas Eve Edition

Christmas is almost upon us, but Microsoft still managed to stuff the stockings with a flurry of activity this week on a number of fronts. I know most people are busy tearing open those gifts Santa left under the Christmas tree right now, so, without further ado, here’s a little weekend reading to tide you over the holidays. Windows Phone 7. On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that Windows Phone 7 is … Read more »

Official Microsoft Blog’s Top Posts of 2010

Microsoft made lots of headlines this year as it rolled out several compelling new products, including Windows Phone 7, the Kinect for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Office 2010. However, not all the innovation at a company this big lands on the front page or makes the evening news. A lot of stuff happens behind the scenes – like Microsoft’s successful crackdown on botnets or some of the innovations coming out … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Dec. 17th Edition

Microsoft has a lot going on these days: Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Bing, cloud computing – and that’s just in the past week. Recognizing that the holidays are right around the corner and people are gearing up for vacation, I’ll keep this edition of Weekend Reading brief. We have a lot to cover though, so let’s get into it. Windows Phone 7. Nationwide auto insurer GEICO and Paramount Digital Entertainment, … Read more »

Paramount to Rock the Mobile Apps Market on Windows Phone 7


Jack Black fans, your time has come – as long as you own a Windows Phone. Paramount Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures, announced today the availability of a brand new “School of Rock” app in the Windows Phone Marketplace that lets smartphone owners watch the full movie plus menus, bonus features and experiences not available on other mobile platforms. “School of Rock” is the first of 10 Windows … Read more »

GEICO Embraces Windows Phone 7 Smartphones and Rolls Out New “GEICO GloveBox” App


The Windows Phone 7 smartphone – so easy, even a caveman can…well, you know. Nationwide auto insurer GEICO has agreed to support Windows Phone 7 as a corporate smartphone for its 24,000 employees so they can make calls, send e-mail, set up business appointments, attend meetings and keep track of vital corporate data all on the go. GEICO also announced the launch of a new Windows Phone 7 app called GEICO GloveBox that enables … Read more »

Xbox 360 Takes No. 1 Spot in Console Sales for Sixth Month in a Row

For the sixth month in a row, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 led video game console sales with 1.37 million units sold in November, according to NPD Group, an independent market research firm. New NPD Group research also shows that Xbox 360 was the only console to show double digit year-to-date growth at 42 percent, making it the fastest-growing console in 2010. In addition, 50 percent of spending at retail in November … Read more »

National Computer Science Education Week Highlights Need to Empower Students Early

The week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 2010 is National Computer Science Education Week in the United States. This week, I will share conversations and listen to students talk about computer science education. It is always a lot of fun and invigorating for me to hear from our students. The world is experiencing one of the most exciting technological transitions since the personal computer democratized information technology. Advancements in … Read more »

Federal Government to Move 120,000 Workers to Microsoft Cloud Services

Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the department will become the first cabinet-level federal agency to move its e-mail and productivity applications to the cloud. The USDA will migrate 120,000 federal workers from on-premises messaging and collaboration to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal cloud computing technology over the next four weeks. The agency will deploy Microsoft’s Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Office Communications Online for collaboration, … Read more »