Daily Update, Feb. 28th – Surface Rollout Continues, Yammer Adds Translation Capabilities, Bing Maps Takes You to the Top of the World & More

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Microsoft announced today that the rollout of Surface will continue beginning in late March, bringing Surface RT with Windows RT to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan, and Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Read the press release to learn more. Also today, enterprise social network Yammer announced plans to add message translation capabilities, which will … Read more »

More Than Words: Bing TEDActive Virtual Collage Tool Is A Natural Next Step In Communication

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The following is a post from Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist at Bing. Earlier this week, members of the Bing team wrote about our TEDActive activation this year, which uses technology developed as part of Microsoft Research’s So.Cl project and created at FUSE Labs. We discussed the way it allows TEDActive attendees to act as citizen reporters, but perhaps more interesting from a scientific angle is the way in which … Read more »

Office 365: To the Cloud and Beyond

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The following is a post from Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division. Today we are celebrating a significant milestone with our latest release of Microsoft Office 365. When we first set out to build this release of Office, we knew it would be the boldest yet. We wanted to create that “over-the-shoulder envy” that makes your friend or the guy sitting next to you on the plane ask what you’re … Read more »

Midweek Download: Get Hortonworks Data Platform For Windows & Developer News from Mobile World Congress

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In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on open source Apache Hadoop coming to Windows, the accelerating momentum of Yammer, plus tools and offers to make building Windows Phone apps faster and easier. Hortonworks and Microsoft bring the Hortonworks Data Platform to Windows. On Monday, Hortonworks released the beta for the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100% Open Source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for … Read more »

Making the Case for Security Optimism

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The following is a post from Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft. In today’s world it’s natural to focus on the ever-changing threat landscape, which at times can feel daunting and overwhelming for consumers, businesses and governments alike. There are real and serious concerns that we all continue to play a role in addressing. In the midst of sometimes provocative headlines, the tangible progress being made … Read more »

Building Apps for Windows 8

Some of the most interesting stories coming out of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are all about the magic that happens when app builders’ ingenuity meshes with the unique benefits of Microsoft’s ecosystem.  You can see some great examples of this in a slideshow on the Microsoft News Center today featuring work from app builders around the globe. For more from app developers in their own words, have a … Read more »

Collaboration and Social Alchemy on the High Seas

Right now, somewhere out at sea, a cruise-liner packed with some of technology’s most creative thinkers and doers is circumnavigating the globe. Over the course of their 106-day voyage, the rotating cast of innovators, investors and commentators on board – including 11 leaders from the Microsoft Xbox team – will roll up their sleeves and put their brains to work developing smart solutions to tough global problems. This is Unreasonable@Sea, … Read more »

Your Future Is Calling: A Conversation With AT&T Exec Jeff Bradley

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Alarm clock, stereo, DVD player, thermostat—those are just a few everyday items that Jeff Bradley’s smartphone has replaced. He expects many more consumer electronics to end up in the recycling bin. As AT&T’s senior vice president of Device and Developer Services, Bradley spends a lot of time thinking about how smartphones are changing our lives. Powerful yet palm-sized devices, blazing-fast mobile networks and an ever-expanding app ecosystem have converged to change … Read more »

How Bridging A ‘Digital Divide’ Can Help Save Lives

The following is a post from Edward Happ, Global CIO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Today marks an important milestone for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Microsoft as we enter into a new partnership to address the digital divide across our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the globe that touch the lives of more than 150 … Read more »

Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway

The following is a post by Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Two weeks after Microsoft and Symantec’s collaborative takedown of the Bamital botnet, I’m pleased to report that the Bamital botnet remains offline. Additionally, since Microsoft was able to receive all of the computer traffic that had been connecting to the Bamital botnet, we are also seeing very positive cleanup results firsthand. For instance, our … Read more »