Sparking learning at YouthSpark summer camps, 75M devices running Windows 10, and a regular cellphone turns into a 3D scanner — Weekend Reading: Aug. 28 edition

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With summer waning, most students are just getting ready to head back to school. But there are some who decided to continue learning over the break, and specifically, to dive into the world of coding. Read on for this story and more from the week at Microsoft, where the phrase “summer slowdown” is an oxymoron. Around the U.S. and in Canada, children ages 8 and up spent part of their … Read more »

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Just another regular workweek gone by, you say? Not at Microsoft. We’ve been busy, with mosquitoes, drones and disease prevention in our sights; working to increase Internet access in rural areas around the world; and providing a very big canvas for collaboration in the office. Microsoft researchers are working with academic partners on Project Premonition, a system that aims to detect infectious disease outbreaks before they become widespread. The system … Read more »

Realmadrid App for passionate fans, tools to fight human trafficking and new research to keep data safe in the cloud – Weekend Reading: May 22nd edition

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft technology and employees played big roles in many ways this week, from powering the passion of soccer fans to building a “lockbox in the cloud” to connecting students thousands of miles apart. Before you start your holiday weekend, take a quick spin through the news. Microsoft and Real Madrid C.F. continued their technological revolution of futbol and the club with the release … Read more »

NYC students get Office 365 for free, Microsoft welcomes Sunrise, soldiers schooled in civilian skills – Weekend Reading: Feb. 13th Edition

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It was a week of honors, awards and an acquisition. It was a week in which one more group of soldiers completed training that will help them transition from military life to the world of civilian IT. And it was a week where students in the nation’s largest city learned they’re getting free access to productivity software that will help them prepare for college and the workplace. New York City … 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 »

The Internet of Things fuels efficiency and improves patient care — Weekend Reading: December 5th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on how the Internet of Things has transformed both the petroleum supply chain and nurses’ daily routines, the origins of #GivingTuesday and the first annual Biofabricate conference. The Internet of Things plays a big role in improving efficiency of the petroleum supply chain and in the care of patients at hospitals. Enhanced by IoT, Rockwell Automation is bringing its vision … Read more »

Azure boasts new machine learning capabilities and Microsoft reveals details of Ignite conference — Weekend Reading: Oct. 17th Edition

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Greetings, Weekend Reading warriors. Whether your head’s in the clouds, or you’ve got boots on the ground, we’ve got news for you. Read on. At the big data event Strata + Hadoop World in New York, Microsoft announced Wednesday the expansion of Azure data services, including support of real-time analytics for Apache Hadoop in Azure HDInsight and new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Hang onto your collective hats. Microsoft is … Read more »

Project Spark ignites gamers’ minds, and Surface Pro 3 is a good fit for enterprise — Weekend Reading: Oct. 10th Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Project Spark, the Surface Pro 3’s role in the workplace and Adobe Creative Cloud now optimized for Surface Pro 3. Project Spark made its official world debut in stores this week, and its creators and early devotees hope the game for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One will spread far beyond its million beta users and help break the glass between … Read more »

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 »