Weekend Reading: Jan. 27th Edition–Bill Gates Says Youth Will Change the World & Other News from the World Economic Forum, plus the Kelihos Botnet, Hotmail, Windows Phone & Office 365

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got a blog post from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on opportunity for youth and other news from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as stories on Data Privacy Day, the Kelihos botnet, Windows Phone and Office 365. Don’t miss any of them! Bill Gates says young people will change the world. At the World Economic Forum today, Bill Gates participated … Read more »

Young People Will Change the World

Editor’s Note: At the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates participated in a roundtable discussion on Opportunity for Youth. It’s a subject Bill is passionate about, because solving the world’s big problems will require energy and creativity of people of all ages, and from future generations. This post also appears on Bill’s personal blog, The Gates Notes. In my annual letter for 2012, I invited students globally … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 25th Edition–Wireless Networking in Windows 8, People Week (v3) on Next, Developer Event News, plus Internet Explorer & Windows Azure

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got two new stories on Windows 8, some developer event news and People Week v3 on Next at Microsoft. Don’t miss ‘em! Two more from Building Windows 8. In this Jan. 20 post on Building Windows 8, the Windows team focuses on how it re-engineered the wireless networking stack in the next version of Windows to optimize it for both mobile broadband … Read more »

Microsoft & Data Privacy Day: Put Your Best Digital Foot Forward

Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day. Microsoft observes it by providing guidance to help consumers more safely manage their information online. While 2012 is still new, we recommend that people make a resolution to actively monitor and safeguard their online reputation. As technology becomes more integrated into people’s lives and the number of connected devices grows, it is important to evaluate whether your online life mirrors the reputation you want … Read more »

Microsoft Names New Defendant in Kelihos Case

Since taking down the Kelihos botnet with our partners Kyrus Inc. and Kaspersky Labs in September, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has continued to actively investigate the case and pursue new leads with the goal of holding the perpetrators behind the botnet accountable for their actions. In an amended complaint filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Microsoft alleges that Andrey N. Sabelnikov, a … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 20th Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Second-Quarter Revenue, MSN Debuts a New Mobile Experience, plus Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE & SkyDrive

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s second-quarter financial report, a new mobile experience on MSN and a host of others. Don’t miss ‘em! Microsoft reports record revenue of $20.9 billion in second quarter. On Thursday, Microsoft announced quarterly revenue of $20.89 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, a 5 percent increase from the prior year period. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings … Read more »

Marriage Equality in Washington State Would Be Good for Business

Today, Microsoft is joining other Northwest employers Concur, Group Health, Nike, RealNetworks and Vulcan Inc. in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. We believe that passing this bill would be good for our business and good for the state’s economy. I wanted to take a few moments to explain why. At Microsoft, we pride ourselves on our products and services, our brand, and our global … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 18th Edition–Windows 8’s Next-Gen File System, the New Visual Studio Achievements Program for Devs, plus Windows Phone, Internet Explorer & Windows Azure

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on a next-gen file system in Windows 8, the new Visual Studio Achievements program, cloud computing and highlights from the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, among others. Check ‘em out. Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS. In this Monday post on Building Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, writes, “We wanted … Read more »

Visual Studio Achievements Program Brings Gamification to Development

Starting today, developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio have a new way to highlight their skills, get recognition for the amazing work they do every day, and add some competitive fun to the development day. Visual Studio Achievements, a Visual Studio plug-in, enables developers to unlock badges and compete against one another for a place on a leader board based on the code they write, its level of sophistication, and … Read more »