Weekend Reading: Jan. 28th Edition – Windows Phone 7, the Oscars, NUI and Privacy

Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs This edition of Weekend Reading has a little bit of everything for everyone – Windows Phone 7, Bing, NUI, the Oscars and even a funny video of school children trying to decipher some of the technologies of yesteryear. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. That’s “A Little Night Music” to you, courtesy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Speaking of Herr Mozart, check out this Jan. 26th post … Read more »

Microsoft Announces Record Quarterly Revenue and Earnings Per Share

Today, Microsoft announced record quarterly revenue of $19.95 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, a 15 percent increase over the adjusted revenue of the comparable quarter in the previous year. Earnings per share grew to a record $0.77 per share, a 28 percent increase over the previous year. Operating income and net income were $8.17 billion and $6.63 billion, respectively. Other highlights from the second quarter include: • Fifty-five … Read more »

Statement by Microsoft Investor Relations

“A preproduction draft of our earnings release was discovered by one or more media sources who then published our results to the web before market close. After consulting with NASDAQ, we have posted our official numbers. We apologize for any confusion and will review our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.” Bill Koefoed, General Manager, Investor Relations

Microsoft is Imagining a NUI future

You don’t have to look very far to realize that technology is becoming more natural and intuitive. In a typical day, many people use touch or speech to interact with technology—on their phones, at the ATM, at the grocery store and in their cars. The learning curve for working with computers is becoming less and less of a barrier thanks to more natural ways to interact. As Craig Mundie has … Read more »

The DLD Conference in Germany: Sprechen Sie Cloud?

This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Digital, Life, Design Conference in Munich. DLD brings together opinion leaders, pioneers from media, business, government, technology and the arts at the forefront of enriching life’s experiences with technology.   Attendees and speakers included Matthew Bishop (the Economist), Marissa Meyer (Google), Esther Dyson, Deepak Chopra and many others. In my particular track, which focused on cloud computing, I was joined … Read more »

Ballmer Praises Appointment of GE CEO to President’s Jobs Council

Earlier today, President Barack Obama appointed General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt as chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The council’s goal is to serve as a catalyst for ideas and action to improve U.S. economic vitality. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer praised Immelt’s appointment as chairman to the council: “Jeff Immelt and I started our careers together at Proctor & Gamble, and I have enormous respect for the success … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 21st Edition

It was a very busy week here at Microsoft. Here are eight stories from around the company you may have missed. Listen, kids. It DOES get better. In her Jan. 19th Boomtown column on AllThingsD, Kara Swisher writes about the It Gets Better Project, which was “created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their … Read more »

Microsoft Global Energy Forum 2011 Kicks off in Houston

Executives from the oil, gas and technology industries are in Houston today for the eighth annual Microsoft Global Energy Forum. The results of the 2011 Oil & Gas Industry Collaboration Survey released today show that industry professionals are collaborating more and more and adopting the use of social media tools into their daily work. The survey of 205 professionals within international, national and independent oil- and gas-related companies found that … Read more »

Microsoft Announces Global Release of Dynamics CRM Online 2011

Today, Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011. The new cloud service will be available in 40 markets and 41 languages and delivers familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to customers. For more information regarding the launch, read this feature story on the Microsoft News Center and this press release.

Weekend Reading: Jan. 14th Edition

It’s going to be a soggy weekend in Seattle, according to this MSN weather forecast, so here’s a little Weekend Reading for those who choose not to brave the elements. Big year for patents at Microsoft. According to this TechFlash story, Microsoft was granted 3,094 patents in 2010 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As TechFlash Managing Editor Todd Bishop noted in his piece, the 3,094 patents by Microsoft … Read more »