Microsoft announces LinkedIn acquisition, new Xboxes and Gaming for Everyone unveiled at E3 — Weekend Reading: June 17 edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, learn about Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Gaming for Everyone, new Xboxes that are on their way and university students taking Microsoft’s global Data Science Student Challenge and the Data Science Summer School. Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn: Microsoft and LinkedIn announced on Monday they entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at … Read more »

‘Inside the Music,’ an Army vet at Microsoft gets White House props and Windows 10 is now on 300 million active devices – Weekend Reading: May 6 edition

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This week at Microsoft, music is among our muses, an Army vet and self-described “computer nerd” at Microsoft is honored at the White House, and Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. Let’s get it started: New music, new sounds. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with alternative nonprofit radio station KEXP through the company’s nonprofit software and grant program. And now a special … Read more »

Satya Nadella: Digital transformation is changing the face of manufacturing

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A digital transformation is remaking companies and their factories, bringing the intersection of manufacturing and technology even closer, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Sunday in his keynote address at Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, in Germany. Enabling that transformation are systems of intelligence that help companies gain insight and take action from big data, optimize their operations and change the very nature of the business models … Read more »

Microsoft Build: The top 10 reasons Day 1 rocked it for developers

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On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled technology and innovations that help every developer easily and simply build intelligent apps and services. You can find out more with our top 10 list of why Day 1 of Build rocked it for developers. For starters, at No. 10, the future is here now: Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition shipped! Read the full list, and get more details from the event at the Microsoft Build news … Read more »

Data-palooza with new Power BI features and SandDance, plus a teacher making a difference with Skype — Weekend Reading: March 25 edition

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Welcome to Weekend Reading. It was a big week for data news: Several new Power BI features were announced at the Microsoft Insights Data Summit, and SandDance, a Microsoft Garage project that helps you visually explore data sets to find stories and extract insight, was released. We also met one of the many teachers who, with their students, are using Skype to help make the world a better place. At … Read more »

How students around the world are being empowered to achieve more

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Microsoft is committed to “building immersive and inclusive learning experiences for students and teachers around the world, experiences that build 21st-century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and computational thinking,” writes Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Education Marketing. In the classroom, OneNote, Skype, Sway and Minecraft empower teachers and students to create and share in entirely new ways, teach and learn through doing and exploring, accommodate any learning … Read more »

You’re invited: Participate in Pegasus II, an Internet of Things experiment to the edge of space

If you like to explore far-out places – really far out – you’re invited to participate in Microsoft Research’s experiment of Pegasus II, slated for launch this week to the edge of space, using the Internet of Things (IoT) to achieve its mission. With the first Pegasus Mission experiment in 2015, the Microsoft Research team was able to show real-time IoT capabilities. The experiment in High Altitude Science featured Pegasus … Read more »

Music, a medical breakthrough and employee generosity – Weekend Reading: Feb. 12 edition

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There was a lot to love this week at Microsoft, timely with Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We watched an amazing 11-year-old composer from McKinney, Texas, who now has an easier way to notate his award-winning creations, thanks to an app especially designed for Surface. We learned that Sir Paul McCartney created an exclusive set of love-inspired musical creations for Mojis on Skype. We saw how Kinect is being used to … Read more »

Young people dive into Hour of Code, Cortana now on iOS and Android, and wacky out-of-office messages – Weekend Reading: Dec. 11 edition

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The moment when “I can do this!” strikes: There were millions of such moments this week around the world during Hour of Code, as young people learned to tap into the power of coding. Cortana came to iOS and Android. And, just in time for the holidays, Microsoft launched the “Center for Out of Office Excellence,” a fun site to help you create your own OOO (out-of-office) memes with a … Read more »

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records – Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records– Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

It was a good week for Master Chief, and for U.S. service members seeking to master IT skills to help them transition from military to civilian life. Let’s get to it! The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is expanding from three locations to nine, and will be servicing 12 military installations. The MSSA program uses a service member’s time prior to transitioning out of the service to train him … Read more »