Weekend Reading: July 29th Edition–Microsoft Announces Avatar Kinect, plus Xbox Live, Bing, OneNote and Windows Phone

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got Xbox Live, two new Kinect experiences, Windows Phone and others. Read on… Make the most of summer. From free Bing and Windows Live tools to “Angry Birds” for Windows Phone, Microsoft helps you make the most of all your summer activities. Check out this slideshow on the Microsoft News Center for lots of ideas to help you make this summer one to … Read more »

The Midweek Download: July 27th Edition–Windows Phone “Mango” is Released to Manufacturers, Microsoft & SUSE Renew Interop Agreement, plus Hotmail, Messenger and SkyDrive

The big news so far this week is the release to manufacturers of Windows Phone “Mango.” Also this week, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith testified before Congress on the importance of education and immigration reform. Windows Phone “Mango” released to manufacturers. On Monday, Microsoft announced that the next version of the Windows Phone mobile platform, dubbed “Mango,” has been released to manufacturers. This marks the point in the development process … Read more »

Microsoft’s U.S. Innovative Education Forum Set to Kick Off

School may be out for summer, but for many highly-motivated teachers and school leaders, there is no break. Educators are hard at work scouring the Web and connecting with their peers, looking for new teaching ideas to inspire their kids next year and taking professional development classes to hone their skills. On Thursday, 100 educators from 25 states will attend the first day of the U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft’s … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 22nd Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Revenue, Battles the Rustock Spambot and Releases a New “Star Wars” Xbox & Kinect Bundle

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This week, Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue, battled the Rustock spambot, released a super-cool Star Wars Xbox and Kinect bundle and made an announcement about HealthVault. For those stories and more, check out this edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results. On Thursday, Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an 8 percent increase from the same period … Read more »

The Midweek Download: July 20th Edition–Microsoft Announces the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games and Windows Phone Devs Get New App Hub Features

It’s a busy week on the developer news front at Microsoft – check out stories below about the new Windows Azure Toolkit for social games, another significant milestone for Windows Phone developers, a Microsoft Research project code-named “Daytona” and another series of in-depth profiles on the Next at Microsoft Blog focused on Microsoft designers. Build Your Next Game with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games. Today at Seattle Casual … Read more »

HealthVault – We’re Still Driving Forward

Following the Google Health announcement, a number of people have questioned whether Microsoft will continue to develop HealthVault without another vendor like Google to ‘compete’ against. The reality is that we’ve always viewed the status quo as our biggest competitor and Google as an ally in the movement to transform health care around the world – so we’re sorry to lose their voice in the discussion. Since Google’s announcement, the … Read more »

Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock

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Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th. Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit, we decided to augment our civil discovery efforts to identify those responsible for controlling the notorious Rustock botnet by issuing … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 15th Edition–Imagine Cup Winners Revealed, Xbox 360 Stays No. 1 plus WPC, SkyDrive, Bing and Windows Phone

This week, Microsoft announced the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup and held the Worldwide Partner Conference, a four-day event in Los Angeles for the company’s more than 640,000 global partners. On Thursday, it was also announced that the Xbox 360 maintained its position as the number one console in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive month. Imagine Cup 2011 winners revealed. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the winners of the … Read more »

Xbox 360 No. 1 Console for the Sixth Month in a Row

Halfway through 2011, Xbox 360 maintained its lead in the U.S. console market, selling more units in the U.S. than any other console for 12 of the past 13 months. Even while console and software sales across the industry have slowed, Xbox 360 continues to grow and remains on track to have the biggest year in Xbox history. The console is in the sixth year of its lifecycle. According to … Read more »

The Microsoft Partner: Optimizing for Cloud Computing

Yesterday at our Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), I talked to thousands of our partners about the opportunities and challenges presented by our industry’s shift to cloud computing. While the path to cloud computing might be different for each customer, the economics, agility and focus the cloud provides will eventually prove irresistible to customers. For our partners, the resulting economic opportunity to work with those customers will, I believe, be equally … Read more »