Weekend Reading: June 29th Edition–Office 365 Celebrates its First Birthday & a Sneak Peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Office 365, a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen and details on Xbox 360’s presence at the 42nd annual Comic-Con in San Diego. Microsoft Office 365: A big year in review. One year ago in New York City, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Office 365. Ballmer predicted that Office 365 … Read more »

The Midweek Download: June 27th Edition–Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Social Networks Provider Yammer

The news just keeps on coming! This edition of The Midweek Download has stories on Microsoft acquiring Yammer, TechEd Europe and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft acquires Yammer. Microsoft and Yammer announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt … Read more »

Technology Professionals Gather at TechEd Europe to Celebrate the Era of the Cloud OS

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Brad Anderson The IT industry is undergoing a major transformation as cloud computing grows in popularity, and it’s not just in the U.S., it’s worldwide. On the heels of TechEd North America, thousands of IT professionals and developers are gathering in Amsterdam this week – at Microsoft’s full capacity TechEd Europe event – to hear first-hand what the new era of the cloud operating system (OS) is all about. From … Read more »

Microsoft Acquires Yammer to Accelerate Enterprise Social Networking

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Kurt DelBene Last October, I posted a concept video showing Microsoft’s view on the future of productivity. The video envisions how mobile devices, social computing, interactive content, cloud computing and natural user interfaces will change the way we get things done at home, at work and at school. In our personal lives, it’s obvious that social computing has made a huge impact in how we connect with information and each … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 22nd Edition–Microsoft Offers a Sneak Peek of Windows Phone 8

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Well, we had quite a week here at Microsoft, as you may have heard. And here’s the latest edition of Weekend Reading to catch up everyone who might have missed the news. Check it out! Announcing Windows Phone 8. It’s time to start telling you about the next exciting chapter of our mobile story: Windows Phone 8. Officially announced Wednesday in San Francisco, it’s the most advanced mobile OS Microsoft has … Read more »

The Midweek Download: June 20th Edition–Microsoft Unveils the Surface Tablet, Announces Office 365 & Dynamics AX Customers

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Well, it’s been a bit of a busy week here at Microsoft, and it’s only Wednesday! This edition of The Midweek Download has stories on the newly revealed family of Surface tablets, Windows 8 Metro app news for developers and a few customer wins for Office 365 (the Danish Red Cross) and Microsoft Dynamics AX (Aston Martin.) Introducing Surface – a new family of Windows PCs. On Monday at an … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 15th Edition–Bing Teams up with Yelp on Search & Skype Launches Conversation Ads

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Bing teaming up with Yelp, a Skype advertising update and a great slideshow to help last-minute shoppers pick the right gift for Father’s Day. Bing and Yelp help you do more with local search. As one of the Web’s leading local listing services, Yelp is a great resource that helps connect you with local businesses and restaurants. Scanning reviews from … Read more »

Xbox 360 Remains the Top-selling Console of 2012

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Xbox 360 sold more units in May in the U.S. than any other console or handheld gaming device, maintaining its position as the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past 17 months. May highlights from The NPD Group include: · Xbox 360 sold 160,000 units, representing a 45 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This marks the 15th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more … Read more »

ICANN’s “gTLD Reveal Day” is Another Step in the Internet’s Evolution

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Craig Mundie In 2008, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, the non-profit corporation charged with coordinating the Internet’s naming system and ensuring the stability and security of the Internet), approved a plan to launch new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that will complement the current structure of Internet addresses based on “.com,” “.net,” “.org” and others. Yesterday in London, ICANN published a list of more than 2,000 applications … Read more »

The Midweek Download: June 13th Edition–Focus in Kinect Innovator Alex Kipman & the Latest from TechEd North America

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In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Alex Kipman, general manager of hardware incubation in the Interactive Entertainment Business; the latest news from Tech North America; Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. A career of thriving on ‘Impossible Projects’ – including Kinect for Xbox 360. Alex Kipman, 32, has now led three major innovations at Microsoft and recently received the company’s highest technical honor, the Technical … Read more »