Weekend Reading: April 29th Edition – Hulu Plus goes live on Xbox and IE9’s malware protection gets praise from ZDNet

MSN’s five-day forecast gives Redmond a glimmer of sunshine, but if the sun fails to make an appearance, here is a little Weekend Reading to fill up the time. Hulu Plus goes live on Xbox Live. Hulu Plus is now available on Xbox Live. The online video service will be available to all Xbox Live members (Free or Gold) from today until May 6th, so be sure to try it … Read more »

Microsoft Announces Record Third-Quarter Results

Today, Microsoft announced record third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13 percent increase over the same period of the previous year. Earnings per share were $0.61 per share, including a $0.05 tax benefit primarily related to a partial settlement of an IRS audit of tax years 2004 to 2006. Other highlights from the third quarter include: • Twenty-one percent year-over-year revenue growth in … Read more »

Microsoft CIO Tony Scott: How to avoid “cloud paralysis”

I spend about one-third of my time speaking to chief information officers from a variety of industries and regions of the world on a myriad of issues, but the topic they most often want to discuss is cloud computing. On Monday, I had the privilege to attend a Forbes and Microsoft CIO network event in New York and, along with Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard, offered some advice to CIOs on … Read more »

The Midweek Download: April 27th Edition – A glimpse at the Kinect for Windows SDK and 10 tips on moving from XP to Windows 7

Microsoft made big news this week when it showed off a glimpse of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK). Also new this past week – how to kick that pesky Windows XP habit and a cool behind-the-scenes story on the Kinect’s audio capabilities. The power and potential of Kinect. Later this spring, Microsoft will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research to … Read more »

‘Amazing Experiences’: Kinect for Xbox 360 Moves to Windows with upcoming SDK

Kinect for Xbox 360 was launched in November 2010. In a few short months, it has become the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history. The device has captured the hearts and minds of millions. It has also sparked the imagination of creators around the world who see tremendous opportunity to create new experiences with the technology. Later this spring, Microsoft will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 22nd Edition – Microsoft & Nokia finalize a mobile partnership and Bing helps you sift through those daily deals

Lots of news coming out of Microsoft this week, including the signing of the Microsoft-Nokia deal first announced on Feb. 11th and a new feature in the fast-growing Bing search engine designed to help people sift through and find the best daily deals available. Microsoft and Nokia cement new partnership. Microsoft and Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia announced on Thursday the signing of a definitive agreement on a partnership that … Read more »

One Step Closer to the First Nokia Device built on Windows Phone

After 10 weeks of intense collaboration, we are pleased to report that Nokia and Microsoft have signed the definitive agreement for our strategic partnership to build a new global mobile ecosystem that is unlike any other. It’s a bold claim. But collectively we’ve moved from intent to agreement in such a short period. Actually, it’s even faster than we expected which makes this a perfect example of our commitment to our … Read more »

The Midweek Download: April 20th Edition – Office 365 public beta released and Microsoft’s quest for greener data centers

This week’s Midweek Download covers the release of the Office 365 public beta, Microsoft’s efforts toward creating a greener data center and a few other news tidbits. Office 365 hits public beta. Microsoft announced Sunday that the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes, is now available. Office 365 was recently introduced in limited beta, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint … Read more »

Meet Microsoft’s Next Generation of Innovators

From creating an online platform through Azure that helps ease the devastation caused by floods in Australia, to using Windows Live to create a band, to helping develop the next generation of teachers in the Middle East, to charting the future of advertising across multiple screens, people are doing amazing things with Microsoft technology. Microsoft Next is an internal competition created to showcase how Microsoft people and technology are helping … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 15th Edition – Kinect for Windows SDK unveiled at MIX and Xbox 360 stays in the pole position

Microsoft made lots of news at the MIX 2011 show in Las Vegas this week, including announcements regarding the Kinect for Windows beta SDK, the next version of Windows Phone – codenamed Mango – and a mind-bending prototype that combines the Kinect and WorldWide Telescope technologies. Kinect for Windows beta SDK. Yet another big piece of news out of MIX was the introduction of more details on the Kinect for … Read more »