The Midweek Download: Nov. 30th Edition–Major Updates to Office 365 and SkyDrive, plus Microsoft Research, Internet Explorer 10 and Silverlight 5

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Office 365, SkyDrive, Microsoft Research, Internet Explorer 10 and Silverlight 5. Check ‘em out! Office 365 gets a major update. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. The service will also be available to try in 22 additional markets today, including Argentina, … Read more »

Xbox 360 Sells Nearly 1M Consoles in Biggest Week in Xbox History

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of the hit digital entertainment system, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday. Sales highlights in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday include: · Xbox 360 sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone, with more than 800,000 sold within a period … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Black Friday Edition–A Few Technology Gift Ideas from Microsoft, the VideoSurf Acquisition, plus Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone and Imagine Cup 2012


Welcome to the Black Friday edition of Weekend Reading! We’ve got stories on weekend deals on technology gifts, Microsoft’s acquisition of VideoSurf, the eagerly anticipated update to the Xbox LIVE dashboard and more. Read on! Black Friday weekend deals on technology gifts. Microsoft is offering an array of special offers for people who can’t wait for the turkey to get cold before diving into holiday shopping. See our slideshow of … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Nov. 23rd Edition–Improving the Setup in Windows 8, A Year of NUI on Next plus Windows Phone, Internet Explorer and SkyDrive

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got new stories on Windows 8, Windows Phone, SkyDrive and Internet Explorer. Improving the setup experience in Windows 8. “Installing Windows is a complex operation that provides an incredibly unique capability—the ability to run a new version of Windows on a vast array of hardware configurations and combinations that were designed with no knowledge of a future Windows, even a version with … Read more »

Poll: Most Important Milestone After a Decade of the Xbox?

Recently, Microsoft celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the Xbox video-game console. The system has come a long way since its launch in Nov. 2001, solidifying its position as the number-one digital entertainment system in the U.S. Taking the number-one spot didn’t happen overnight though. It took a number of major milestones to get the system where it is today – such as the introduction of “Halo: Combat … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Nov. 18th Edition–Facebook to Facebook Calls Come to Skype, Xbox 360 Teams Up with the NFL, plus Surface, Bing, Windows Phone and MSN

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Skype and Facebook, Xbox 360 teaming up with the NFL, massive growth in Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud service and much, much more! Skype and Facebook – so happy together! Back in July, Facebook video calling powered by Skype was launched. On Thursday, we announced our partnership with Facebook has reached yet another milestone with the launch of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Nov. 16th Edition–Microsoft Unveils Intelligent Systems Product Roadmap, plus Windows 8, Nokia Research, Internet Explorer and Silverlight 5

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Windows Embedded, Windows 8, a glimpse into Nokia Research and Silverlight 5, among others. Read away! Microsoft unveils product road map for intelligent systems. For the past several months, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded business has been laying the foundation for an entirely new category within the traditional embedded market — solutions known as intelligent systems that can extend enterprise software … Read more »

Live@edu Tops 22M Users, Grows 100 Percent Year Over Year

Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely used cloud productivity service for education. New schools using Live@edu include: U.S. institutions such as Southern State Community College in Ohio, New Mexico State, Florida State, University of Colorado at Boulder; Kings College London and … Read more »

Microsoft BizSpark Accelerates 45,000 Startups Around the World

Three years ago, Microsoft kicked off the BizSpark program to support early-stage tech startups worldwide. Over the years, we have worked with amazing companies, incredible entrepreneurs and a global network of partners and advisors. Today, Microsoft provides valuable assistance to more than 45,000 startups worldwide. BizSpark partners range from traditional VC-funded startups, to garage-style startups with limited resources, to the entrepreneurial small business person growing their business through technology. The … Read more »

Poll: Which Windows Phone Do You Intend to Buy this Holiday Season?

Anyone who follows Microsoft knows that we’ve unveiled a plethora of sleek, next-generation Windows Phones over the last few weeks, first at Nokia World and then at an event held in New York City’s Herald Square. What we want to know is, which Windows Phone are readers most jazzed about this holiday season? <a href=””>Online Surveys –</a> Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog