Helping build healthy families, teaching digital literacy and empowering educators with technology — Weekend Reading: May 13 edition

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Windows is partnering with the nonprofit CARE to help build healthy families in poor communities like Saharsa, India, where the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the country. CARE is working to improve health care for pregnant women, new mothers and babies, with the help of the Windows 10 Upgrade Your World initiative, Office and Microsoft Cloud. Windows PCs and Excel are supporting hundreds of community health care … Read more »

‘Inside the Music,’ an Army vet at Microsoft gets White House props and Windows 10 is now on 300 million active devices – Weekend Reading: May 6 edition

Inside the Music, KEXP, Kinect

This week at Microsoft, music is among our muses, an Army vet and self-described “computer nerd” at Microsoft is honored at the White House, and Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. Let’s get it started: New music, new sounds. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with alternative nonprofit radio station KEXP through the company’s nonprofit software and grant program. And now a special … Read more »

Welcome to the invisible revolution

Think of your favorite pieces of technology. These are the things that you use every day for work and play, and pretty much can’t live without. Chances are, at least one of them is a gadget – your phone, maybe, or your gaming console. But if you really think about it, chances also are good that many of your most beloved technologies are no longer made of plastic, metal and glass. … Read more »

You’re invited: Participate in Pegasus II, an Internet of Things experiment to the edge of space

If you like to explore far-out places – really far out – you’re invited to participate in Microsoft Research’s experiment of Pegasus II, slated for launch this week to the edge of space, using the Internet of Things (IoT) to achieve its mission. With the first Pegasus Mission experiment in 2015, the Microsoft Research team was able to show real-time IoT capabilities. The experiment in High Altitude Science featured Pegasus … Read more »

Music, a medical breakthrough and employee generosity – Weekend Reading: Feb. 12 edition

WR, StaffPad, Surface, music

There was a lot to love this week at Microsoft, timely with Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We watched an amazing 11-year-old composer from McKinney, Texas, who now has an easier way to notate his award-winning creations, thanks to an app especially designed for Surface. We learned that Sir Paul McCartney created an exclusive set of love-inspired musical creations for Mojis on Skype. We saw how Kinect is being used to … Read more »

How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good

As Satya Nadella announced today, we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. Our goal is to support 70,000 nonprofits through this initiative during that time. I wanted to provide some more detail on … Read more »

Young people dive into Hour of Code, Cortana now on iOS and Android, and wacky out-of-office messages – Weekend Reading: Dec. 11 edition

Hour of Code, YouthSpark, education

The moment when “I can do this!” strikes: There were millions of such moments this week around the world during Hour of Code, as young people learned to tap into the power of coding. Cortana came to iOS and Android. And, just in time for the holidays, Microsoft launched the “Center for Out of Office Excellence,” a fun site to help you create your own OOO (out-of-office) memes with a … Read more »

Computers that get what we’re saying, new innovations for business and real-time insight for Giving Tuesday – Weekend Reading: Dec. 4 edition

Fil Alleva, left, a Microsoft group engineering manager, and Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist.

Microsoft news spanned the globe this week and encompassed a variety of technologies that enrich innovation, productivity and generosity. Lots of good stuff. Let’s take a look. Once the lore of science fiction, technology that understands human speech now includes apps that translate conversation as it happens and a virtual assistant who can give you numbers to call for pizza. Those breakthroughs and a peek at future voice recognition are the subject … Read more »

Education Underground Workshop, ‘Future Visions’ and Connect(); – Weekend Reading: Nov. 20 edition

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Welcome back to another installment of Weekend Reading! We had a big week on several fronts, such as education, research and innovations for developers. Microsoft hosted a group of educators, students and industry leaders on Monday through the Education Underground Workshop, which highlighted the company’s commitment to make learning more engaging and accessible, while empowering every student on the planet to achieve more. The event at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus … Read more »

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records – Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records– Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

It was a good week for Master Chief, and for U.S. service members seeking to master IT skills to help them transition from military to civilian life. Let’s get to it! The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is expanding from three locations to nine, and will be servicing 12 military installations. The MSSA program uses a service member’s time prior to transitioning out of the service to train him … Read more »