Challenge for Change winners inspire, apps keep your devices in sync and Kinect powers a symphony — Weekend Reading: May 29 edition

Young people who just might change the world, apps to help you achieve more and a first-of-its-kind musical performance were just a few of this week’s highlights. Before you settle into a relaxing weekend, take a look back at the news and find some great reasons to feel inspired. Ten teens and young adults with cool ideas to do good in the world won Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest. … Read more »

Microsoft Hyperlapse releases, Windows 10 editions and Detroit entrepreneurs – Weekend Reading: May 15 Edition

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This week saw the release of Microsoft Hyperlapse, a new set of products that create smooth, stabilized time lapses from first-person videos. For consumers, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile turns any long video – from a bumpy bicycle ride to a family stroll in the park – into a short, distilled version easily shared with friends and family. For professional shooters and serious video enthusiasts, Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro creates a hyperlapse using … Read more »

Microsoft’s carbon fee, US Imagine Cup Finals and Detroit revitalization – Weekend Reading: April 17 Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading. We kick it off with stories about developments as a result of Microsoft’s three-year-old carbon fee, exciting ideas from the U.S. Imagine Cup finalists and Detroit entrepreneurs who are revitalizing the city. Microsoft is improving environments and creating healthier lives through an internal carbon fee the company established three years ago that holds all its business groups financially responsible for the cost … Read more »

New Surface 3, ‘Mad Men’ podcast and Project Spartan – Weekend Reading: April 3 Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, with stories about the newly introduced Surface 3, a Next at Microsoft podcast featuring one of the “Mad Men” and the inclusion of the new Project Spartan browser in the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3, which features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact … Read more »

Microsoft cheers on girls who like science and the women they grow up to be – Weekend Reading: March 13th Edition

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Welcome to Weekend Reading, with stories about Microsoft encouraging girls – and women – in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), an exciting first partnership event with Real Madrid, and four creative folks who are helping design the future of Microsoft. In “Girls Do Science,” a video from Microsoft released for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we hear from young girls who like science – a lot. But … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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 »