Surface 2 tablet gives Delta pilots innovative tools on the flight deck

The following is a guest post from Mike Wysocki, director, Delta Flight Operations Technical and Operational Support. On Monday, Delta announced its partnership with Microsoft to equip each of our more than 11,000 pilots with Surface 2 electronic flight bag devices operating on Windows RT 8.1. The innovative handheld tablet puts in the hands of our talented group of aviators the right tools to do their job and do it … Read more »

Windows Azure cloud services achieve critical federal security milestone

The following is a post from Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal. Starting Monday, it will be easier for government organizations to realize the benefits of secure cloud computing. Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a JAB P-ATO. The … Read more »

Weekend Reading: September 27th Edition–Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are here!

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the debut of the next-generation Surface tablets, a major development for Lync 2013 and the Department of Defense and new social networking and business intelligence tools. The week started off with a first look at the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. You can hear new details about the making of the Surface 2 in this interview with Panos Panay, … Read more »

Department of Defense employees now able to use Microsoft Lync 2013 to connect to information network

The following is a post from Victor Akinnagbe, Chief Architect of Department of Defense Sales, Microsoft Federal and Walter Nichols, Unified Communications Architect, Microsoft Federal Earlier this month, Lync 2013 added a new accreditation to the fold by achieving JITC certification for Voice, Video, and Instant Message & Presence (IM&P) at the Joint Interoperability Testing Center in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this certification, … Read more »

Create stunning interactive charts and graphs instantly with the updated preview version of Power BI

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Microsoft Office now puts even more self-serve business intelligence capabilities at your fingertips, thanks to a round of significant updates announced in a Data Platform Insider blog post on Wednesday. The updates beef up the data analysis and visualization features of online service Power BI for Office 365, as well as a couple of key complimentary add-ins for Excel, all of which are currently available in preview versions. Here’s a … Read more »

‘On the Whiteboard’ goes behind-the-scenes of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch

In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon is in New York City for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices. She talks to Brian Hall, the general manager of marketing for the Surface team, and gets the inside scoop on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Some of the improvements that Hall talks about include how the Surface Pro 2 has 75 percent more … Read more »

Webcast available now: Surface 2 announced in New York

Watch as Microsoft reveals the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 in New York on Monday. An expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories is also announced. The Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and Surface accessories will be available at Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers in 22 initial markets, with more announced in the coming months. Pre-orders begin on Tuesday. For more detail on the Surface 2 and … Read more »

Microsoft introduces the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and Surface accessories

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On Monday, Microsoft added two new members to the Surface family of tablets – the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. Surface 2 (pictured left) and Surface Pro 2 (pictured right) will each have significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, display and camera resolution and the Kickstand, which now has dual angles, so it’s more comfortable for you to use on your lap or at … Read more »

Microsoft celebrates 1-year anniversary of YouthSpark and launches new programs for year 2

Monday marks the 1-year anniversary of the launch of YouthSpark, a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. In its first year, Microsoft created opportunities for 103 million youth. Now, Microsoft is increasing access to computer science education through expansion of TEALS – Technology Education And Literacy in Schools – and providing an enhanced digital literacy and technology skills … Read more »

Weekend Reading: September 20th Edition–The inside story on Skype as it turns 10

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Skype as it celebrates a decade of connecting people and changing lives, a micro-documentary that shows the seamless integration of technology into designs for Fashion Week New York 2013 and a major makeover for Bing. The inside story of Skype’s first decade has all the elements of an epic tale: Inventive and intrepid founders, wild Estonian parties, brilliant engineering, Tabasco-doused … Read more »