Weekend Reading: May 31st Edition–A first glimpse of Windows 8.1 and the design behind Xbox One

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Windows 8.1, Office 365 Home Premium surpassing 1 million subscribers, the design behind Xbox One and more. A first glimpse of Windows 8.1. Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Program Management, on Thursday provided a “first look” at Windows 8.1 on the Windows blog. In his post, Leblond underscored that Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8. He … Read more »

Get your first look at Windows 8.1

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Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Program Management, today provided a “first look” at Windows 8.1 on the Windows blog. In his post, Leblond underscored that Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8. He gave a high-level look at the improvements and enhancements in Windows 8.1 in key areas like personalization, search, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity. Windows 8.1 will be available later this … Read more »

The future is killer devices connected to amazing cloud services

The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. I’m at the 11th edition of All Things Digital, one of my favorite events. Smart people, interesting interviews on the main stage, great conversations outside the interviews. Tim Cook kicked things off last night, and in keeping with the theme of the event, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher discussed what it means to … Read more »

Is your team properly ‘socialized’? New research shows the potential and power of social technologies in the workplace

Today, tens of millions of people use social technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and Yelp in their personal lives to stay in touch with friends, expand their personal networks and share ideas and information. So, it should come as no surprise that a similar trend is sweeping through the workplace, with social business technologies such as Yammer, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Dynamics CRM playing a greater role … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 24th Edition – The world meets Xbox One, and Windows Azure heads to Asia

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the unveiling of Xbox One, Microsoft expanding Windows Azure across Asia, new HP Windows 8 PCs coming soon, plus Windows Phone apps for work and play. Xbox One, unveiled. On Tuesday, in an event live-streamed across the globe, Microsoft lifted the veil on Xbox One – the all-in-one games and entertainment system that’s designed to put you at the center … Read more »

Xbox One, Azure and the creative power of the cloud

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The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. It’s been another one of those weeks here in Redmond – equal parts exhausting and exhilarating, and one where I have to remind myself just how privileged I am to work with such amazing people. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I encourage you to set aside some time this weekend to watch … Read more »

Microsoft announces major expansion of Windows Azure services in Asia

The following is a post from Satya Nadella, President of the Server & Tools Business at Microsoft. As the worldwide demand for cloud computing continues to grow, so does Windows Azure. Microsoft is the only at-scale global public cloud provider to deliver a hybrid cloud advantage and we’re excited to announce plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Windows Azure footprint in Asia – specifically in China, … Read more »

The best in devices and services, together as Xbox One

The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. Yesterday was a lot of fun. Watching the Xbox team put the new Xbox One through its paces, hearing the reaction in the room and on Twitter, seeing all the work that people put in come to life = just wow. For some time now, we’ve been talking about Microsoft’s transformation to a … Read more »

Microsoft and the NFL kick off new interactive in-game and fantasy experiences for Xbox One

Microsoft and the National Football League have changed the way you will watch the most popular sport in North America through a new multi-year partnership that will deliver interactive television experiences for the next-generation Xbox One. “The NFL on Xbox will provide fans an all-new viewing experience through innovations around Skype and SmartGlass, an all-new innovative fantasy football solution allowing fans to view players and live competition side-by-side on a … Read more »