Microsoft to acquire VoloMetrix to empower individuals and drive organizational productivity

Even small improvements in a person’s day-to-day effectiveness can add up to significant value for an organization and greater employee happiness. Today, most of us don’t have the tools and information to help us make better decisions about our scarcest resource at work: our time. But, similar to how fitness trackers help us understand our health in our personal lives, innovative new solutions are emerging to objectively measure and prioritize … Read more »

A week to soar: Innovation on display at Worldwide Partner Conference, parties planned for Windows 10 release and Special Olympics athletes on the move – Weekend Reading: July 17 edition

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It was a high-flying week at Microsoft, and if you blinked, you missed it. That’s why we’re here, to give you a recap of some of the week’s most important (and fun) goings-on, so let’s get to it: The Worldwide Partner Conference got down to business. New technology innovations were showcased, including Project GigJam and the Cortana Analytics Suite, demonstrating Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the … Read more »

Microsoft announces new innovations and partner opportunities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference

Satya Nadella at WPC 2015

By Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. We also discussed investments the company is making in programs for our hundreds of thousands of global channel partners at the center of business transformation taking place in the industry. … Read more »

Smash tests, fire suits and indoor tornados: How UL’s controlled mayhem makes the world safer

Bob Jamieson in UL's “rain room,” where waterproof products are tested.

The Muppets have Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and UL has John Drengenberg. “Never put foil in a microwave,” Drengenberg said as he picked up a large, crumpled section of tinfoil and placed it in a white microwave. He set the timer for five minutes and hit start, triggering an impressive light show and sci-fi sound effects that made my fillings tingle. Still, my inner eighth grader leaned forward, wide-eyed. Looking up from … Read more »

New services for intelligent apps + tools and runtimes for any platform & every device

Build 2015, developers

Cloud computing started as a cost-effective, flexible way to consume storage and compute, but over the last few years it has become so much more. Higher-level services are taking center stage, ushering in a new era of “intelligence” – powered by automation and driven by data insights – that is transforming how business is done. Enterprises, startups, hobbyists and developers of all types are helping to fuel this transformation. Today … Read more »

A new industrial revolution is on display at Hannover Messe 2015

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When we think about what it takes to build a successful business, there were three main eras which characterized important shifts in the global marketplace. The first was the industrial revolution when people began to mass produce and distribute goods with tremendous scale and efficiency. Since everyone received information at the same time and speed was not an issue, change wasn’t particularly fast. What followed was the Information Age where … Read more »

Skype Translator speaks Mandarin and Italian, Build 2015 plans a road tour, Star Wars movie collection comes to Xbox – Weekend Reading: April 10 Edition

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The Force is with us big-time this week: We’ve got stories about Skype Translator debuting in Mandarin and Italian, Build 2015 making a first-ever road tour worldwide, and all six Star Wars films being available digitally for the first time on Xbox Video. Skype Translator adds two more languages, Mandarin and Italian, joining Spanish and English in the preview program. Adding Mandarin Chinese is quite a feat; it’s a “very … Read more »

Transforming your business in the Systems of Intelligence Era

Customers today have access to a massive amount of data. The challenge they face is gaining meaningful insights from that data and making it actionable for their employees. During his keynote at Convergence Satya Nadella spoke to attendees about the evolution of business systems, and how the business process transformation has gone hand in hand with advancements in technology. Today, we announced more tools that push the edge of what’s … Read more »

The community of fans: Real Madrid brings their supporters closer to the team

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In this digital age, the idea of community is changing rapidly. Online and social-based channels have created new ways of connecting with others who share similar beliefs, interests and passions. While some may be rightfully concerned that online social communications are not a substitute for human interaction, I continue to be fascinated with the ways people are finding to connect and share their passions. Last November, Microsoft announced a collaboration … 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 »