Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

This installment of Weekend Reading leads off with a new website that focuses on workplace culture, a research toolkit tied to artificial intelligence and Bing’s Election 2016 experience.

The Future of Work explores how the role of an organization’s leader may be changing, but is more important than ever. In order to create organizations that can adapt to change, leaders need to actively shape an open workplace culture that fosters collaboration and builds trust. On this site, PopTech and Microsoft Office Envisioning speak to experts on the future of work.

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By releasing its Computational Network Toolkit on GitHub, Microsoft is making the tools that its own researchers use to speed up advances in artificial intelligence available to a broader group of developers. Next at Microsoft tells you all about CNTK.

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On Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus marks the beginning of the next phase in the 2016 election. Bing’s Election 2016 experience includes the Bing Political Index (BPI), which shows where each candidate stands on the key issues, while predictions will appear alongside live results. Bing Predicts also calls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to emerge as the big winners of the upcoming primaries and caucuses.

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her

Hack for Her, which Microsoft hosted Jan. 12, is bringing together corporations, universities and other organizations to form a community that demonstrates a new approach to strengthen the value proposition of products from a female perspective.

“Building products for everyone starts with gender-inclusive design,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her. “The biggest emerging market today isn’t China or India; it’s women, who have $18 trillion of spending power.” Read more about it on The Official Microsoft Blog.

We saw the debut of “Rise of the Tomb Raider” on Windows 10, a new Microsoft Garage app called News Pro and the Power BI Windows 10 universal app.  The latest Red Stripe Deals also rolled out Thursday, and on Wednesday our App of the Week was TripAdvisor, which gives travelers using Windows 10 devices a valuable tool in planning vacations. Mulder and Scully fans can also shop in the Windows Store for the return of “The X-Files.”

This week on the Microsoft Instagram channel, we followed the players of Real Madrid as they prepare for the fútbol season ahead. For these athletes, a winning season comes from passion, purpose and preparation.

That’s it for this edition. See you next Friday for another Weekend Reading.

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff