Microsoft Rings in the New Year with More Retail Store Locations on the Way

It’s been a momentous year for the Microsoft retail stores. We opened 51 new Full-line and Specialty stores, including our first international stores in Edmonton, Burnaby, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada in just the last year. Before I dive into what lies ahead, I wanted to reflect on 2012. We know our customers’ shopping needs greatly differ, whether it’s a teen who wants the hottest video game or a parent who … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 21st – More Must-Have Apps and Special Holiday Offers

The holidays are officially in full swing, and today the Windows Experience Blog is featuring five festive apps to get you in the spirit of the season and help you make the most of your celebrations with family and friends. Make sure to also check out the Window’s Store’s special holiday offers to save on select apps, subscriptions and services. Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, The Official Microsoft Blog

Weekend Reading: Dec. 21st Edition – Bing Puts the Spotlight on Images, Xbox Windows Phone Favorites on Sale and the Year in Review on MSN

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Image Search design in Bing, Windows Phone game deals, and some cool things Microsoft is doing to support global language and help preserve disappearing languages. Modern image search arrives on Bing. A few months ago, we launched a new more modern experience for Bing Image Search. We cut out the white space and clutter to make room for … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 20th – On the First Day of Christmas, the Windows Store Gave to Me…Twelve Apps for the Holidays


To help you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, the Windows Store presents to you … 12 apps available to download for your holiday merrymaking. The eBay app is a great way to get your 12 drummers drumming, or check out the Sports Illustrated app and read about the quest for 5 Super Bowl rings, and if you’re in the market for a new house, Trulia has got you covered … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 19th – Better Watch Out, Better Not Cry… Microsoft Works with NORAD to Track Santa on Christmas Eve

Santa recieves mission briefing from NORAD

Two stories out of Microsoft today: Looks like Microsoft made the nice list this year. The company is working with North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) to help power the annual Santa Tracker using NORAD’s powerful global radars and Microsoft technology, including Bing Maps, Windows Azure, and apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Once upon a time children would have to take their parents’ word that Santa Claus was … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Dec. 19th Edition – Microsoft Researcher Makes Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List


In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Forbes-honored Microsoft Researcher Vipul Goyal, a new Windows Phone app design challenge and news on Internet Explorer 10. Heady recognition for young researcher. For a man of 29, Vipul Goyal (pictured right), a researcher at Microsoft Research India, already possesses a gaudy list of academic and professional achievements. He has  a Ph.D. from UCLA. As a student there, he … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 18th – Check Out these Slick New Windows 8 Pro Devices


Three stories out of Microsoft today: First, when it comes to helping employees be productive, few investments have more potential this year than a new PC with Windows 8 Pro. In addition to the beautiful, fast and fluid user interface, Windows 8 brings together the sites, people, apps and information that you care about most right from your personalized Start screen. It makes it easy to multitask and switch between … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 17th – Introducing New Xbox SmartGlass Experiences for Sports Fans


Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Dec. 14th Edition – Holiday Travel Apps and Games for Windows Phone 8


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about bringing Bing home page images to your desktop, the story behind Bing’s home page, plus using Windows Phone 8 to ensure happy holiday travels. To grandma’s house we go—with these holiday travel apps. ‘Tis the season for braving airports, highways and hotels on our way to visit family and friends. But the right Windows Phone apps can change the way … Read more »

Daily Update, Dec. 13th – VIDEO: A Look Back at 12 Milestone Moments at Microsoft in 2012

There’s no question that it’s been a momentous year at Microsoft. The company introduced the world to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, announced its family of Surface PCs, showcased a new version of Microsoft Office and released “Halo 4,” keeping up a steady rhythm of advancements across its most popular products for individuals and businesses throughout the year. Check out the video below to catch a glimpse of some … Read more »