Daily Update, Oct. 31st – Meet the Team Behind “Halo 4” Infinity Multiplayer

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Two big stories out of Microsoft today: Over on the Microsoft News Center, we took some time to talk to Jerry Hook and Tamir Melamed, who lead the engineering team laying the subterranean IT structures that will power every pixel of the multiplayer experience in “Halo 4.” Everything fans experience online – stats, screenshots, the simple joy of blasting a friend or stranger to smithereens – depends on the infrastructure … Read more »

Reimagining the “Other” Windows

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The following is a blog post by Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business, discussing how Windows Azure is providing the critical backend capabilities developers need to create amazing new apps for Windows and Windows Phone. There has never been a more exciting time to be a developer. Today at Microsoft’s Build conference, I had the opportunity to speak to thousands of developers who are key to Microsoft’s … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Halloween Edition (boo!) – News from the Build Developer Conference

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories coming out the sold-out Build 2012 conference—including the availability the Windows Phone 8 SDK, the next wave of Windows 8-ready products, and new programs and tools that make it easier to develop great apps. The business opportunity with Windows 8. Yesterday, we kicked off Build 2012 and invited the developer community to our Redmond campus to share in the tremendous … Read more »

Daily Update, Oct. 30th – “Nike+ Kinect Training” Hits Shelves Today

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Two big stories out of Microsoft today – “Nike+ Kinect Training” and Bing Elections: Want to get athlete fit? With “Nike+ Kinect Training,” you can just do it in your living room. “Nike+ Kinect Training,” a new personal training program for Xbox 360, hits shelves today. It’s just in time for gift shoppers – or, just in time to buy, open, and use it to help stay in shape during … Read more »

The Business Opportunity with Windows 8

Below is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, announcing details around Build 2012 and the opportunity for developers with Windows 8. Today, we kicked off Build 2012, and invited the developer community to our Redmond campus to share in the tremendous opportunity with our Windows 8 wave of products. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Kevin Gallo, Director of Program Management, … Read more »

Introducing Windows Phone 8

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At an event in San Francisco earlier today, Microsoft fully took the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 after a brief peek back in June to showcase some of the new platform enhancements. As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details and pricing for a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, … Read more »

Daily Update, Oct. 26th – Bing Apps on Windows 8 Unveiled

It’s been a big week at Microsoft to say the least, and it’s not over yet. With today’s release of Windows 8, people can now experience Bing in a brand new way. We’ve completely re-imagined search for Windows 8, including the Bing app for Web and image search and the new Bing apps designed specifically for Travel, Weather, Maps, News, Finance and Sports. Watch the short video below to see … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Oct. 26th Edition – Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface Launch, Windows Phone 8 Press Event is Set for Monday

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, gearing up for Monday’s big Windows Phone 8 event, plus Forza Horizon arrives and Halo 4 sweetens the pot. Windows 8 arrives. Microsoft yesterday announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning today, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, … Read more »

The 2012 Election: Big Bird, Bayonets…and Bing!

Below is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications, announcing details around some new resources from Microsoft designed to help you stay up to date and informed with the latest news and data for the Nov. 6 presidential election here in the U.S. Even though it’s been an especially busy fall for Microsoft, like many people, I’ve followed the U.S. presidential election closely, watching … Read more »

It’s Here…Windows 8!

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Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, … Read more »