James Whittaker on the art of making truly killer presentations

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Editor’s note: The following is a post from Jennifer Warnick, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. It’s a Friday afternoon, and James Whittaker is sitting at Hi-Fi Brewing in Redmond. Laptop open, pint to the side, he’s working on his latest brainchild, a manuscript called “The Art of Stage Presence.” After spending his career leading various deeply technical charges, Whittaker has spent the last year tucking his metaphorical soap box into countless … Read more »

Explore the world of Microsoft in pictures

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Satya Nadella on his first day as Microsoft CEO, February 4, 2014. Photo by Brian Smale. A few weeks ago, the Microsoft Stories team noticed something. With every amazing person we meet, and every epic moment we cover, our family photo album gets a little thicker. In fact, it’s pretty much bursting at the seams. So we’ve created a new place where we can share our favorite photos from the … Read more »

Researcher danah boyd on the weird science of teen online behavior

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Editor’s note: The following is a post from Emily Alhadeff, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. Remember “Weird Science,” the 1985 John Hughes comedy about two teen dweebs who use their computer, some wires and a Barbie doll to engineer their dream woman? After sparks and explosions, the dust settles and a partially clad Kelly LeBrock appears in the doorway, ready to transform the once-bullied “zeroes” into heroes. This zany movie parodied … Read more »

Designing Xbox One: The inside story

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On a frigid Thursday evening last November, writer Jennifer Warnick lined up at the Microsoft Store in Seattle for the midnight launch of Xbox One. Consumers would buy over a million consoles in the next 24 hours – but Warnick was among the lucky few to share the moment with Carl Ledbetter, the guy who designed it. “How could I resist?” Ledbetter said when asked why he’d choose to wait … Read more »

Here are David Rothschild’s data-powered predictions for 2014, from the Super Bowl to Hillary Clinton

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Microsoft researcher David Rothschild is legendary for his ability to literally predict the future using a unique and rigorous approach to data analysis. He correctly called the results of the 2012 presidential election in every state but one. He nailed 19 of the 24 Oscar categories this past year. And he’s constantly pushing the boundaries of predictive science through experimental live polling, online prediction games and more. In this interview, … Read more »

See the most popular Bing searches of 2013

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Each year Bing looks back at the top U.S. searches of the last 12 months, and in their 2013 report, powerful women unquestionably took the prize. The five most-searched people of the year were all female, with Beyoncé grabbing the top spot, followed by Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. Bing also reports that the Dallas Cowboys were the most-searched sports team, “Big Bang Theory” topped TV shows, and … Read more »

Meet Microsoft’s master of high-tech showmanship

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You might have seen Ryan Asdourian in action before. He’s often on stage delivering high-profile demos of Microsoft devices and services at company events. But seeing him in “Blitz Mode” as the green-feathered mascot of the Seattle Seahawks is something else altogether. “He goes from a sparkling conversationalist to a silent bird whose communicative currency includes a large catalog of exaggerated gestures, dance moves, high-fives, thumbs ups, raise the roofs … Read more »

Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

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Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and worse. The scope is staggering. Half of online adults have been victims of botnets and other kinds of cybercrime attacks in the past year. In all, cybercrime costs the global economy up to $500 … 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 »

App of the Week: Official Facebook app arrives with Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 is finally here – and it even brought a few friends to the launch party, including a new official Facebook app for Windows. The app brings you all the familiar features you’d expect, plus some cool extras that are unique to Windows. Live tile notifications give you an at-a-glance summary of post and message activity right on your Start screen. Use Facebook side-by-side with other apps and programs … Read more »