Feeling the Kinect Effect

When Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360 one year ago this week, our initial focus was controller-free games and entertainment. Once only the stuff of science fiction, Kinect became a phenomenon across the globe. Within the first 60 days, Kinect sold more than 8 million sensors, setting the Guinness Book World Record as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. It extended the realm of what’s possible for a traditional gaming console … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Oct. 28th Edition–Nokia Announces Two New Windows Phones, Office Unveils the Future of Productivity and Microsoft is Named the No. 1 Global Workplace

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It’s been a heck of a week on the news front here at Microsoft. First, Nokia announced its first two smartphones running the Windows Phone mobile platform. Next, the Office team unveiled a concept video that shows its vision of the future of productivity. Then, it was announced late Thursday night that the Great Places to Work Institute had named Microsoft the number one global workplace. Finally, the Microsoft Digital … Read more »

Microsoft Recognized as the No. 1 Global Workplace by the Great Places to Work Institute

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I have been at Microsoft now since mid-1989. In that time, I have had the opportunity to do a variety of jobs; experience successes and failures, work with truly amazing people, and watch this company emerge as a force for good in the corporate environment and in the world at large. As I look around at our employees, I hope they have the same opportunities I’ve had. This company seems … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Oct. 26th Edition–Shining a Light on Windows Phone Apps, plus Windows 8, IE10 and a Microsoft “Wizard”

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In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got developer stories from Windows Phone, Building Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, plus a great profile on Microsoft “wizard” Steven Bathiche on the Next at Microsoft Blog. Shining a light on your Windows Phone apps. Developers often ask us, “How can Microsoft help me promote my app?” Beyond looking at the best practices we published, we’ve heard you, and as a result … Read more »

Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case

Last month, I wrote about how Microsoft and our partners, Kyrus and Kaspersky, took down the Kelihos botnet and that for the first time, Microsoft took the step of naming specific defendants in a civil case involving a botnet. In the legal case supporting the Kelihos takedown, Microsoft sued defendants Dominique Alexander Piatti, dotFree Group S.R.O. and John Does 1 through 22 associated with the IP addresses and Internet domains … Read more »

Microsoft and Nokia: Fast Out of the Gate

It’s hard to believe that it’s little more than eight months since I was in London with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when they announced a broad strategic partnership that combined the collective strengths of both companies to form a new global mobile ecosystem. At that time, we indicated that success in the rapidly growing and evolving smartphone market required speed, and we said we’d be … Read more »

UNICEF’s Little Orange Box Goes Digital This Halloween

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post from Ryutaro Mizuno, Director of Marketing, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Most people recognize the iconic orange collection boxes synonymous with Trick-or-Treat UNICEF, a 61-year-old campaign that has raised more than $164 million to aid children around the world. Well, this Halloween, they’re going mobile. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes now feature Microsoft Tags so that folks wishing to donate can do so … Read more »

A Busy Week for Microsoft in Silicon Valley

In addition to its long history and growing presence with more than 2,400 employees, Microsoft is a very active participant in all aspects of the Silicon Valley. This week is a great example of the breadth and depth of the company’s relationships within the tech industry, the venture community, entrepreneurs, media and community leaders. Fox Business Network On Tuesday, Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president, Strategic and Emerging Business Team, participated … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Oct. 21st Edition–Microsoft “Kinects” with Sesame Street & NatGeo, plus new Windows Phones and a Cool Microsoft Research Project

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got Kinect and Xbox 360 news, a sneak peek at new Windows Phones from the All Things D Asia conference and a look into a cool new project at Microsoft Research. Microsoft teams up with Sesame Street and National Geographic for a little playful learning. The upcoming “Kinect Sesame Street TV” experience, announced Tuesday at an event in New York and going on … Read more »