Tweets from Last Night: The Microsoft and Lucky Magazine Holiday Soiree

Last night in New York City, Microsoft and Lucky Magazine hosted a holiday soiree that showcased the hottest tech gifts from Microsoft this holiday. Guests experienced Surface tablets, Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phones, hot titles for Xbox 360 and more holiday goodies. You can find information about all of these products at Here is what some of the attendees had to say, via Twitter: Kim Weling marveled at the Touch Cover … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Nov. 30th Edition – Surface with Windows 8 Pro Pricing and Availability is Announced & Microsoft Pledges US$250 Million to Education

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the latest details on Surface with Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft’s continued support for the Partners in Learning program, plus news on, Xbox 360 and more fun with Windows Phone 8. Next up for the Surface family: Surface with Windows 8 Pro pricing. It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market. The … Read more »

Next Up for the Surface Family: Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing


The following is a post from Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface. It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market. The response from Surface customers has been fantastic and exciting to see. In addition to sharing the terrific results that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8 at a technology conference earlier this week, we also announced that Surface with … Read more »

11 Million Educators and Counting: Microsoft Renews Support for Partners in Learning Program


The following is a blog post from Laura Ipsen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector. Laura Ipsen Earlier today at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague, in front of over 500 of the world’s most innovative educators, I was thrilled to announce an additional US$250 million in funding to extend Partners in Learning (PiL) over the next five years. We’re renewing our pledge to Partners in Learning as … Read more »

12 Facts from our Shareholder Meeting Worth Knowing


The following is a post by Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications. Earlier this morning, we held our Shareholder Meeting here in Seattle.  As Shareholder Meeting goes, it was fairly uneventful.  But during his speech at the meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer shared some numbers and business updates that bear repeating and amplifying.  So as we near the end of calendar year ’12, here are 12 fast facts from Steve’s … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Nov. 28th Edition – Windows Azure Active Directory: 200 Billion Served & Auto Plant Robots Run by Microsoft-based Intelligent System

In this edition of The Midweek Download, Windows Azure Active Directory authentication service hits BIG milestone, how Microsoft technologies help Jeep Wranglers coming off the line, and Windows Phone developer tools keep rolling in. Windows Azure Active Directory processes 200 billion authentications connecting people, data and devices around the globe. At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every … Read more »

Don’t Get Scroogled: Bing Launches Campaign for Honest Search to Help Shoppers this Holiday Season

 The following is a post by Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Bing. That Holiday Feeling Even after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you might walk the halls around your office at lunchtime and still find a lot of your colleagues shopping online for the holidays.  And they’ll be in good company.  This year, according to, online sales will jump 12 percent over last year to US$96 … Read more »

Daily Update, Nov. 27th – Giving Tuesday & Bing Top Searches of 2012

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national initiative to give back during the holiday season. Microsoft is a founding partner of this day of giving, and today only, we’ll match any donation 1:1 on Give for Youth, a micro-giving site that makes it possible to fund and follow the dreams of young people around the world, up to a total of $100,000. In other news, the Bing team has released its … Read more »

Daily Update, Nov. 26th – Get to Know Microsoft’s First Lady of Gaming


Two stories out of Microsoft today: First: Are olives drenched in hot sauce the breakfast of champions? They are if you’re gaming champ Alex Hebert-Ruiz, a onetime top-10 ranked Halo player and one of the world’s most gifted gamers. Alex now works at Microsoft, where she advocates for Xbox LIVE Arcade games when she’s not playing Halo 4. Read this Microsoft News Center profile of Alex to learn more about … Read more »

Daily Update, Nov. 21st – Check Out These Black Friday Deals from Microsoft!


It’s that time of year again, and Microsoft’s got you covered in the gifts department! Get a head start on shopping this holiday season with some of the coolest tech around. For a limited time beginning 12 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, Microsoft retail stores and the online store are offering great deals on hot products. Whether you’re looking for a new Touch cover for your Surface, a new Xbox … Read more »