The Midweek Download: March 30th Edition – A few pointers for Windows Phone developers and how the IE9 team built an energy-efficient Web browser

Lots of Microsoft news hit the wires this week for developers and tech enthusiasts. Read on to catch the skinny! Designing “hubs” on Windows Phone 7. In this March 24th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, blogger Alfred Astort writes about designing Windows Phone apps that use “hubs” or panoramic control – in essence, apps that allow users to pan left and right with a twitch of their thumb … Read more »

New Azure Tools Roll Out to Mobile Platforms

Microsoft and Spanish telecom Telefónica today announced a collaboration to bring Telefónica’s new global developer platform, BlueVia, to Microsoft’s 6 million-strong .NET developer community, to drive application innovation and meet growing user demand for new applications and services across multiple devices. The BlueVia Software Development Kit for .NET offers a range of rich developer tools, including .NET, Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010, enhanced specifically for the design and creation of … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 25th Edition – Two New Windows Phones, a Big Customer Win and the Rustock Botnet Takedown

Welcome to the first edition of Weekend Reading for the spring of 2011! The MSN weather forecast for this week tells us to expect more rain showers, but at least that mercury is creeping ever upward to warmer temperatures. In this week’s installment, we’ve got an item about two new Windows Phones, a story about Microsoft nabbing Target as a virtualization customer and – just in case you missed it – a … Read more »

Imagine Cup Attracts Student Innovators from Historically Black Colleges for the First Time

The spring finalists for the U.S. Imagine Cup 2011 competition were announced Wednesday. It is exciting that this year’s competition has featured the most diverse collection of students in its nine-year history. While the number of participants in the Imagine Cup grows each year, this year is notable in that it is the first time Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have participated in the competition. Students from Morehouse, Spelman, Tuskegee, … Read more »

Microsoft Announces U.S. Finalists for Imagine Cup 2011

Today, Microsoft announced the 2011 U.S. Imagine Cup finalists, some of whom will go on to represent the United States in the global competition in July in New York City. You can read about all of the U.S. finalists on the Microsoft Tech Student page on Facebook. This is the first year the Worldwide Finals will take place in the United States, shedding light on the importance of computer and … Read more »

The Midweek Download: March 23rd Edition – News for Windows Phone 7 Developers, a behind-the-scenes look at IE9 and Ben the PC Guy

Welcome back to the Midweek Download! This week, we’ve got Ben the PC Guy, a few bits of news for Windows Phone developers and a few tidbits on LightSwitch and Convergence 2011, among others. Happy reading… PC personalization on a whole new level. Want to personalize your laptop beyond desktop backgrounds and screensavers? Ben “the PC Guy” Randolph highlights the new line of Dell Inspiron R with SWITCH by Design … Read more »

Private Cloud Computing: It’s All About the Apps

This is a big week for Microsoft and many of our enterprise IT customers. We’re hosting the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas, a sold-out IT conference where I have the honor of delivering two keynote addresses to approximately 4,000 attendees. The theme of MMS is “You. Empowered,” which is particularly relevant to cloud computing – especially private cloud computing. In this new computing paradigm, we see the ability … Read more »

Microsoft: Springing Forward

A week ago, we moved our clocks forward here in the U.S., following our “spring forward/fall back” mantra of daylight saving time. We lost an hour, which always makes me grumpy, but it also means spring is near, with longer and brighter days ahead. This is the time of year at Microsoft where we kick into high gear for our next fiscal year planning, which means equal amounts looking back … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 18th Edition – 2.3M downloads of IE9, Windows Phone Apps hit 10,000 and Microsoft Makes the 110 Most Ethical Companies List

The launch of Internet Explorer 9 may have been the biggest news out of Microsoft this week, but I’ve unearthed a long list of interesting nuggets below, including the news that the Windows Phone Marketplace now has 10,000 apps. More than 2M IE9 downloads in 24 hours – I think they like it. Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded 2.35 million times in the 24 hours following its March 14th release to … Read more »

Taking Down Botnets: Microsoft and the Rustock Botnet

Just over a year ago, we announced that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, had successfully taken down the botnet Waledac in an operation known as “Operation b49”. Today, I’m happy to announce that based on the knowledge gained in that effort, we have successfully taken down a larger, more notorious and complex botnet known as Rustock. This botnet is estimated to have … Read more »