Announcing the availability of Azure App Service

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In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, companies are using apps to connect with and better engage their customers, partners, and employees anywhere, and on any device. They are relying on developers to build those apps with increasing speed –that can connect to popular services and on-premises systems and autoscale as the business needs. Today, I’m excited to announce Azure App Service, a unique new service which helps developers deliver cross-platform, cloud-connected … Read more »

Microsoft wins big at Mobile World Congress 2015 – Weekend Reading: March 6th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, with stories about Mobile World Congress, the Game Developers Conference and the new preview of Office 2016 for Mac. At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft racked up 10 awards, including Best Mobile Tablet (Surface Pro 3), Best of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640) and Top Pick of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640 XL). Microsoft announced the two new, affordable Lumia phones … Read more »

NYC students get Office 365 for free, Microsoft welcomes Sunrise, soldiers schooled in civilian skills – Weekend Reading: Feb. 13th Edition

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It was a week of honors, awards and an acquisition. It was a week in which one more group of soldiers completed training that will help them transition from military life to the world of civilian IT. And it was a week where students in the nation’s largest city learned they’re getting free access to productivity software that will help them prepare for college and the workplace. New York City … Read more »

Microsoft’s ads continue to inspire long after big game – Weekend Reading: February 6th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, with stories about empowering ads that debuted during Sunday’s big game, a very cool update to Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor and how cloud computing is being used to accelerate research that could lead to breakthroughs in treating cancer and other diseases. Football’s biggest game of the year is famous for its commercials, and this year a pair from Microsoft stood out. … Read more »

Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android

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Last week, we saw the new experiences coming with Windows 10, including how Office universal apps for Windows 10 will deliver new touch scenarios for the smallest devices all the way up to Microsoft Surface Hub. This came on the heels of our recent Office for iPhone release and Office for iPad update, as well as the Preview of Office for Android tablets. These are all important steps toward our … Read more »

Azure Machine Learning helps change businesses and lives, with Dr. Pig app as the latest example

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Having the right data means that businesses can predict trends: What are the energy demands in buildings? What products should a company continue to stock, and which ones should they stop carrying? Azure Machine Learning provides the data to help make these kinds of decisions, changing the way business – and lives – are affected. In China, farmers lack the tools that are needed to predict market volatility, but most … Read more »

Bring me that burger, Windows, and other tech goodness from National Retail Federation event — Weekend Reading: January 16th Edition

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This week, we’ve got stories about technology that will help both retailers and customers with the information they need and want; new affordable Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 on board; and an important date for developers to mark on their calendars to register for Build 2015. Hardee’s and other companies are harnessing the power of Windows to do everything from providing self-service kiosks where customers can order up their … Read more »

Developer Rudy Huyn brings apps to the people

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Write it. Rewrite it. Write it. Erase it. Cut it. Paste it. Trash-it-trash-it-trash-it. I’m supposed to be writing about Rudy Huyn. Instead, I’m composing my own house music about the writing process with iDaft, an app he created for Windows Phone using beats from French band Daft Punk’s song “Technologic.” My next song is more provocative. Touch it. Watch it. Touch it. Watch it. Touch it. Watch it. Fax. Fax. … Read more »

CES unveils bounty of creative, premium and portable Windows devices — Weekend Reading: Jan. 9th Edition

Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM Division, and Felicia Guity, general manager in Microsoft’s OEM Division, with some of the new premium Windows PCs including, from left, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the Dell XPS 13 and the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi. (Photo credit: Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures)

Welcome to 2015’s first edition of Weekend Reading! We kick off the new year with stories on the bevy of Windows devices revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, the debut of the Next at Microsoft Podcast series with a segment on George Takei and access to Office 365 to all Maryland public school students. At the CES 2015 show in Las Vegas, Windows devices are delivering more premium choices than … Read more »

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

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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 »