Inspiration, encouragement and hands-on learning drive Microsoft’s efforts during Computer Science Education Week — Weekend Reading: December 12th Edition

Jasmine Lawrence

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at how Microsoft helped inspire and train students worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, and how the company plans to keep supporting them, as well as some great new games and apps available for the holidays, and new Microsoft Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government offerings for U.S. government cloud customers. Microsoft employees from Redmond to Riyadh to Rome helped … Read more »

Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs and tablets; and meet the energy sleuths — It’s (early) Weekend Reading: Nov. 26th Edition

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Before you get too comfy in your chair on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out all the great Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs, tablets and more, as well as meet a passionate trio from Carnegie Mellon University who are using technology to reduce energy consumption in buildings. It’s the early edition of Weekend Reading; let’s go! If you’ve been waiting to get an Xbox One, there’s no better … Read more »

Seattle Sounders reach their goals with help of SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology

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Behind the scenes of those intense workouts by the Seattle Sounders FC players, technology is tracking team members to make sure they’re playing at their best. A variety of devices worn by the players gather information on each athlete’s energy output, endurance, sleep patterns, nutrition and fatigue levels. All that tracking generates more than 350 columns of data, which led the team to create its own SQL Server database to … Read more »

Office 365 cloud platform chosen by US Department of Health and Human Services

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving its email application and collaboration services to the Microsoft Office 365 solution that is hosted in a Government Community Cloud, it was announced Thursday. The move involves approximately 125,000 seats, writes Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal, in a blog post. The move will help employees collaborate across each department more efficiently and effectively, Myers says. “As an … Read more »

Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines choose Surface Pro 3 to equip pilots

Lufthansa pilot Andreas Ritter with a Surface Pro 3.

Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are equipping their pilots with Surface Pro 3 to make flight operations even more efficient, it was announced Wednesday. Lufthansa has purchased more than 5,000 Surface Pro 3 devices for pilots. Device rollout to pilots worldwide will be in February and March 2015 to pilots in all regions where Lufthansa flies. Austrian Airlines has already begun rolling out Surface Pro 3 to their pilots for use … Read more »

Microsoft, Real Madrid C.F. partnership announced; will bring comprehensive online anywhere experience to fans

Left to right: Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, Microsoft Country Manager of Spain Maria Garaña and Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chairman, Emerging Markets, Orlando Ayala.

Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed an agreement that will accelerate the digital transformation of the soccer club through technology, it was announced Tuesday in Madrid, Spain. The alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the soccer experience for members and fans of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices. It also … Read more »

Army veteran transitions from military medic to Microsoft coder, thanks to academy


In her former life, Rachel Woolley was an Army medic for convoy platoons in Iraq. She completed her service at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. While there, she qualified for a program that launched last year – the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, a program that taps active-duty service members for long-term careers in technology. In Woolley’s case, it turns out that the same … Read more »

Skype for Business, which brings the best of Skype and Lync, due out in 2015


Skype has broken the distance barrier worldwide by bringing people together via video on computers, phones and tablets. Meanwhile, Lync simplifies and unifies the different tools people use to communicate for work. Drawing upon the strengths of both programs, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business, it was announced Tuesday. With Skype for Business, “We are bringing together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with … Read more »

Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band: Getting in shape has never been so productive — Weekend Reading: Oct. 31st Edition


This week, we’ve got stories about the new Microsoft Health platform and Microsoft Band device, a new partnership with the Special Olympics and new cloud services and mobility solutions announced at TechEd Europe. Microsoft Health, an exciting new platform, includes a cloud service where consumers and industry can store and combine health and fitness data to gain powerful insights using Microsoft’s Intelligence Engine. Those insights include: which exercises burned the … Read more »

Project Spark ignites gamers’ minds, and Surface Pro 3 is a good fit for enterprise — Weekend Reading: Oct. 10th Edition


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Project Spark, the Surface Pro 3’s role in the workplace and Adobe Creative Cloud now optimized for Surface Pro 3. Project Spark made its official world debut in stores this week, and its creators and early devotees hope the game for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One will spread far beyond its million beta users and help break the glass between … Read more »