Daily Update, Jan. 31st – Microsoft Introduces modern.IE Tools & Resources for Developers

We’ve got three big stories out of Microsoft today from the Internet Explorer team, Bing and Server and Tools. Check ‘em out: First, today we are introducing modern.IE, a free set of tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to ensure their sites work beautifully across Internet Explorer as well as other modern browsers. As part of the modern.IE release, we’re excited to announce a special partnership … Read more »

Daily Update, Jan. 30th – Cross Platform Game ‘Skulls of Shogun’ Available Today for Download

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Two big stories out of Microsoft today: First, with the new game “Skulls of the Shogun,” players can do something new: Switch back and forth between all of their Microsoft devices as they bounce from battle scene to battle scene. The game, released today, is the first to reach all Microsoft platforms. “Skulls of the Shogun” can be downloaded and played on Xbox 360 via the Xbox LIVE Arcade, and … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 30th Edition – How to Build Stellar Windows Phone Apps

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on building high-performance Windows Phone apps, winning apps from the Mobile Code Jam Challenge at CCNC 2013, plus new support to help get your Windows Store apps certified. Building high-performance Windows Phone apps. Mobile phone users expect the apps running on their phones to perform well at all times and be of super quality. A slow startup or a jerky … Read more »

Office 365: The Next Bold Step

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The following is a post from Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. In October 2012, I wrote a letter to shareholders outlining how the full value of our software will be seen and felt in how people use devices and services at work and in their personal lives. This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 … Read more »

Daily Update, Jan. 25th – Bing Search Blog Kicks off “Bing Your Brain” Series

Today, the Bing team kicked off an interesting new series over on The Bing Search Blog called “Bing Your Brain.” “Bing Your Brain” will be written by Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist on the Bing team who works “at the intersection of psychology and technology.” In his first post, Matt tackles the topic of “choice overload”. “Eight years ago, social psychologist Barry Schwartz gave an influential TED on “The Paradox … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 25th Edition – The Samsung ATIV Odyssey & Nokia Lumia 822 Arrive at Verizon

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey and red-hot Nokia Lumia 822 from Verizon, the Feb. 9 arrival of Surface Windows 8 Pro, plus photography apps that will make you love your Windows Phone even more. Samsung ATIV Odyssey arrives at Verizon. Plus: A Lumia for Valentine’s Day. Sweet news for Verizon Wireless subscribers: As of yesterday, you have two more great and … Read more »

Daily Update, Jan. 23rd – Bing Sports App for Windows 8 Adds College Football & Basketball, MotoGP & More Soccer

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Bringing you the best content from world of sports including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, Formula 1 and more, The Sports app for Windows 8 is your personal sports companion. Today, we are pleased to add NCAA Men’s Basketball, NCAA Football, MotoGP and 17 global additional soccer leagues to the app. With the additions, you can easily personalize the experience so you can track your favorite teams and leagues … Read more »

Microsoft and Data Privacy Day: Helping You Take Control

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The following is a post from Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft. Privacy is increasingly top of mind for people around the world as online activities have become a central part of daily life. To mark Data Privacy Day 2013, Microsoft commissioned research to better understand people’s online privacy perceptions and expectations. The results of this new research show: 45 percent of respondents said they feel they have little … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 23rd Edition – Eight Tips for Designing Windows Phone Apps

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the latest release of Try F#, the Windows Startup Challenge, plus how to design, optimize and submit your Windows Phone apps – tools and tips you’ll want to use. Eight tips for designing Windows Phone apps. As part of the “App to the future” challenge, we’ve conducted Lightning Design Review sessions for a few weeks, and one thing struck … Read more »