Weekend Reading: July 18th Edition – Microsoft restructures, showcases the partner opportunity at WPC and unveils Project Adam at MSR Faculty Summit

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s announcement about its restructuring plan, the focus on cloud and mobile at the Worldwide Partner Conference and Microsoft’s acquisition of InMage. On Thursday, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 11th Edition — A message from Satya Nadella, Lumia 930 on sale, Microsoft Azure StorSimple previewed

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It may feel like the dog days of summer where you sit, but in this edition of Weekend Reading, we’re still going full steam ahead with an important message from CEO Satya Nadella and a busy July ahead. Check out how summer sizzles at Microsoft in Washington state, Washington D.C. and beyond … In a message to employees, Nadella kicked off what’s going to be a big One Microsoft month … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 30th Edition—Skype Translator introduced at inaugural Code Conference, Microsoft and salesforce.com announce strategic partnership

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Skype Translator app revealed at the first-ever Code Conference, a new strategic partnership between Microsoft and salesforce.com and how businesses like the Seattle Children’s Hospital and The Coca-Cola Company have chosen the Surface Pro 3 as their go-to choice to replace laptops. Soon, you won’t have to know a foreign language to speak to someone in another country … Read more »

Microsoft demos breakthrough in real-time translated conversations

Your browser does not support iframes. It’s been an interesting evening here in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation. During his conversation with Walt and Kara, Satya discussed his views on how we’re evolving to a more personal, more human era of computing, and I had the good fortune to … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 25th Edition — Office 365 is free for Brown University students, Microsoft’s energy-saving projects make every day Earth Day

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Office 365 being available free to Brown University students, Microsoft programs to develop next-generation datacenter designs to boost energy efficiency and a worldwide hackathon this weekend for university women to encourage them to become technological innovators. Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its 8,600 students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to … Read more »

Go behind-the-scenes of Cortana with Microsoft Research

Most of us can only dream of having the perfect personal assistant, one who is always there when needed, anticipating every request and unobtrusively organizing our lives. Cortana, the new digital personal assistant that comes with Windows Phone 8.1, brings users closer to that dream. For Larry Heck, a distinguished engineer in Microsoft Research, Cortana will continue to evolve in an even more natural way. Already, Cortana goes beyond performing … Read more »

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

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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 »

Researcher danah boyd on the weird science of teen online behavior

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Editor’s note: The following is a post from Emily Alhadeff, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. Remember “Weird Science,” the 1985 John Hughes comedy about two teen dweebs who use their computer, some wires and a Barbie doll to engineer their dream woman? After sparks and explosions, the dust settles and a partially clad Kelly LeBrock appears in the doorway, ready to transform the once-bullied “zeroes” into heroes. This zany movie parodied … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 11th Edition – Nokia Devices and Services acquisition approved in China, plus two awesome robot stories!

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The days are getting longer and the bees are waking from their long winter slumber here in Seattle. In celebration, we’re pollinating your weekend reading with news buzzing from around the globe. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday announced approval of Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, subject to certain conditions. In reaching this decision, the Ministry of Commerce concluded that Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 28th Edition—Office for iPad is one of many mobile-first, cloud-first releases

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the release of Office for iPad (as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite and other mobile-first, cloud-first products), and Microsoft Azure being made available in China. Office arrives on the iPad. In San Francisco Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made several announcements, including the release of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the iPad. Built from the ground up for touch, … Read more »