Microsoft researchers help a race pilot go faster, Surface Pro 4 gets down to business and Windows 10 devices get a world-wide celebration – Weekend Reading, Oct. 23 edition


From up in the air to eastern Africa, lots of cool Microsoft news happened this week. Dig in! Microsoft researchers were busy in Las Vegas helping Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss fly the fastest, most efficient way possible. Chambliss already races at a speed of more than 200 miles per hour, sometimes while upside down. But with control theory, robotics, machine learning and path planning, researchers are working … Read more »

2015 Citizenship Report shows how Microsoft is making a difference

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Microsoft’s corporate citizenship commitments and actions support our company mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In our 2015 Citizenship Report, which we published this week, you will find information about how these commitments and actions are implemented through our company policies, practices and products, as well as through our investment in communities. During fiscal year 2015, Microsoft made progress on a number … Read more »

Employee giving changes lives, for a lifetime…

Suveen Reddy, a senior program manager for MSIT, speaks about giving at Microsoft.

Suveen Reddy is passionate about volunteering. Shortly after joining Microsoft in 2001, Suveen, a senior program manager, visited his grandparents’ rural farming village in India. While spending time with family, he learned about their friend, Madhava, whose vision rapidly deteriorated into near blindness. He could no longer take care of daily responsibilities on his farm. “Though he was only 55, his family thought his vision was deteriorating because of old … Read more »

Changing the face of coding

Girls Who Code, Changing the Face of Coding

Ten days ago, the United States women’s national soccer team became the most successful team in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning the top prize for the third time. However, despite the fact that soccer is not as popular in America as in the rest of the world, it is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport in recent years. The … Read more »

Microsoft publishes its Annual Citizenship Report for fiscal year 2014


On Monday, we published the Microsoft 2014 Citizenship Report. Microsoft’s citizenship commitments, to serve our communities and fulfill our responsibilities to the public, are based on our core belief that these commitments and actions contribute long-term value to society and to our business. As a reflection of that belief, we publish the Microsoft Citizenship Report each year at the same time as our Annual Report. During fiscal year 2014, Microsoft … Read more »

The heart of the jungle: How five young technologists changed their communities, the jungle and themselves


Even in the jungle, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will also be one of the only times to catch Sara Stifler, Sathya Narayanan Subramanian, Dominic Co, Juan Carlos Murillo and Laura Fulton holding still. It will be where we discuss life, love, technology and the point of it all over eggs, toast, plantains and exotic juices.  Over the clatter of coffee cups and silverware, these … Read more »

Expanding technology education to turn the tide of rising youth unemployment


Despite pockets of recovery in the global economy, worldwide unemployment continues to rise, particularly among youth between the ages of 15 and 24. In the 2014 Global Employment Trends report, “Risks of a Jobless Recovery,” the International Labour Organization states that the global youth unemployment rate rose to 13.1 percent in 2013, resulting in 74.5 million unemployed young people around the world. This fact underscores the reason that, as we … Read more »

Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 winner Eyenaemia receives $50,000 and a private meeting with Bill Gates


On the final day of the Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 competition at the Washington State Convention Center, only one team emerged as the winner, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the 125 students and 34 teams who made it this far that everyone who’s a finalist should think of themselves as a winner – especially since the competition began with 33,000 students. “It’s been an amazing week for us … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 9th Edition—Microsoft Office Mix reinvents PowerPoint presentations


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Microsoft Office Mix, the latest in cybersecurity reports and several ways Skype can help make Mother’s Day more memorable. Office Mix, a cloud-based service that helps create and share interactive lessons using PowerPoint, became available Thursday as a free preview. You can also add videos and exercises from websites like the CK-12 Foundation and Khan Academy. Read more … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 18th Edition — Converting big data to ambient intelligence


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on creating a data culture, an Internet of Things service built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Data Platform Group Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark, spoke Tuesday about creating a world in which devices and services anticipate and understand our needs. Building out a comprehensive platform … Read more »