A closer look at the two-position kickstand in Surface 2

  The Surface team on Wednesday shared a look at perhaps one of the most iconic features of Surface – the kickstand. It’s part of what makes Surface so versatile, and even more so with the new two-position kickstand in Surface 2. In the video above, Surface design lead Ralf Groene talks about what it took to make the kickstand work so flawlessly in two different positions, yet still “fit … Read more »

Ralf Groene talks about the pingpong of designing and engineering Surface 2

Most tech products are first designed, and then the designer hands the drawings over to the engineering team to be created. Not so for the Surface team. According to Ralf Groene, who leads the industrial and interaction design teams for Surface devices, the creation of Surface 2 was more like a pingpong game, where at each stage of development the engineering team would consult with designers to discuss progress and … Read more »

No victory lap: In education, we all have work to do

The following post is from Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. Every day, we hear about some of the many challenges staring educators in the face – budget shortfalls, an increasingly complex educational landscape, and the difficulty of preparing students for a shifting job market. With this in mind, I read a recent announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook with consternation. Cook claims that Apple has “locked up 94 … Read more »

Microsoft enhances Employee Giving Program to raise next billion for nonprofits

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The following post is from Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer at Microsoft. (From left to right) Microsoft employees Vatsala Isaac, Kendall McElliott, Rachel Ash and Gilmere Vieira at the company’s 5K Run/Walk, an annual Employee Giving Campaign tradition. It’s been a busy autumn at Microsoft. When I watch the buzz of activity across the company, I see creative people collaborating and moving toward a vision. Our people are equally passionate … Read more »

What’s it like to design the future of Microsoft? Ask this guy.

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When Andrew Kim was a third-year design student, one of his professors gave him this assignment: Reinvent the Popsicle. But Kim wasn’t that into it, so instead he handed in “The Next Microsoft” – a bold and comprehensive redesign of the entire Microsoft brand, from Office to Surface. Kim also posted the work to his blog, immediately sparking interest among designers, tech press like the Verge, and, yep, even Microsoft, … Read more »

Dr. Nick Patel makes his rounds with a Surface Pro

As the medical world turns increasingly to electronic health records, it becomes essential that physicians have a powerful and portable device they can carry and refer to as they make their rounds. On Tuesday the Surface Blog presented a video with Dr. Nick Patel from Columbia, South Carolina, on how the Surface Pro has helped him to increase his efficiency while also improving the interactions he has with his patients. … Read more »

New Cybersecurity report now available from Microsoft

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Trustworthy Computing released volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which provides threat intelligence and analysis of cyber threats in over 100 countries and regions worldwide on Tuesday. “Among the numerous key findings in the new report, one of the more interesting things to surface was the increased risk of using unsupported software,” writes Microsoft Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains in a blog post. “The report found that … Read more »

Announcing Windows Azure HDInsight: Where big data meets the cloud

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft. I am pleased to announce that Windows Azure HDInsight – our cloud-based distribution of Hadoop – is now generally available on Windows Azure. The GA of HDInsight is an important milestone for Microsoft, as its part of our broader strategy to bring big data to a billion people. On Tuesday at Strata + … Read more »

You’re invited! Xbox One launches Nov. 22, ad campaign begins now

On Friday, the Xbox team launched a campaign to invite the world to join the Xbox One launch on Nov. 22. The campaign is designed around celebrating our fans, and Xbox One is the only all-in-one entertainment system that brings together content loved by gamers, movie buffs, sports fans and TV lovers alike, all in one place. The Xbox One television campaign launches Sunday in the U.S. during Sunday Night … Read more »