Weekend Reading: Jan. 10th Edition – New Windows devices unveiled at CES 2014 and Xbox One sales hit 3M consoles sold

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Gavin Gear, of the Extreme Windows Blog, with Panasonic’s 20-inch Toughpad 4k tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some of the exciting new PCs and tablets unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Xbox One reaching a 3 million consoles sold milestone and Microsoft announcing its agreement to acquire Parature, a leading provider of cloud-based customer … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 18th Edition – ‘Spartan Ops’ Continues, Bing Dials Up the Social in Search & More

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Bing bringing your friends’ two cents to search results, the highly anticipated return of Spartan Ops Season 1 and the new Priceline Express Deals app for Windows Phone. The second half of Spartan Ops Season 1 returns on Jan. 21! That’s Monday, for those of you that don’t have a calendar in your immediate line of sight. To make sure … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 16th Edition – Delivering on the Cloud OS & the ‘Next App Star’ Contest Kicks Off

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the Cloud OS and the opportunity it brings enterprise customers and IT managers, retailers connecting with customers using Windows 8 apps, plus a shot at seeing your app featured in a Windows Phone TV ad through the Next App Star contest. What is the Cloud OS? “We all know change is constant, especially in technology,” says Corporate Vice President … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 11th Edition – Huawei Introduces Windows Phone 8 Device at CES & ‘Indie’ Game App Developers Light Up Windows Phone

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Huawei joining the Windows Phone 8 family, great Windows Phone apps for gamers and snow junkies, plus some Oscar-worthy apps to help you get through awards season. Natural User Interfaces part 4: what’s next? Yesterday, Next at Microsoft Editor Steve Clayton shared his final post on NUI. It goes beyond Kinect and explains why NUI is much more than touch … Read more »

Microsoft Showcases New Windows 8 Hardware at CES

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As many of you know, the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will soon be under way. Over on Blogging Windows, Nick Parker, corporate vice president of worldwide OEM, penned a piece about how “touch and other new capabilities in Windows 8 are powering the latest hardware innovations coming from our OEM partners.” To the right is a screenshot of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. Nick’s post … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 20th Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Second-Quarter Revenue, MSN Debuts a New Mobile Experience, plus Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE & SkyDrive

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s second-quarter financial report, a new mobile experience on MSN and a host of others. Don’t miss ‘em! Microsoft reports record revenue of $20.9 billion in second quarter. On Thursday, Microsoft announced quarterly revenue of $20.89 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, a 5 percent increase from the prior year period. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 13th Edition–Xbox Has a Mammoth Year, a Final Look at CES, Trustworthy Computing Turns 10, plus Microsoft Research & Windows Phone

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on a stellar year for Xbox 360 and Kinect, a CES wrap-up, Trustworthy Computing’s 10th anniversary and more. Check ‘em out! Xbox 360 extends win streak to 12 straight months with banner holiday sales. With a strong holiday sales period finishing a banner year, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the best-selling current-generation console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console … Read more »

Xbox 360 Extends Win Streak to 12 Straight Months with Banner Holiday Sales

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With a strong holiday sales period finishing a banner year, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the best-selling current-generation console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console by more than 2.7 million units, according to The NPD Group. The strong December capped an impressive year during which Xbox 360 was the fastest-growing console. It also captured 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with an industry-leading $6.7 billion in sales in … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Jan. 11th–Kinect for Windows Coming Feb. 1, New Markets for Windows Phone Devs, plus Windows 8, Windows Azure and Internet Explorer

In this edition of The Midweek Download, the first of 2012, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows, new markets for Windows Phone developers and a few new posts from Building Windows 8. Check ‘em out! Kinect for Windows coming Feb. 1. Earlier this week at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available … Read more »

That’s a Wrap: Microsoft 2012 CES Keynote Recap

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Greetings from Las Vegas! And what’s not to like about a Microsoft keynote, a surprise host, a non-traditional musical interlude and some great demos? The best way to capture the flavor and fun from the keynote is to watch the replay, but for those looking for highlights, here is my “CliffsNotes” version of what we said and announced. Tonight, Steve Ballmer took the stage at the International Consumer Electronics Show … Read more »