Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reveals grand prize winner of //oneweek Hackathon: Ability Eye Gaze

On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft's first-ever companywide Hacakthon, were given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) (Photo credit: Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures.)

Their vision was simple, said Matthew Mack, one of the leaders of the //oneweek Hackathon team known as Ability Eye Gaze. “Until there is a cure for ALS, technology is a cure.” The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise awareness about ALS, as well as … Read more »

Peggy Johnson to head Global Business Development at Microsoft

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Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson has been named executive vice president of Business Development, reporting to Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella, it was announced Tuesday. Johnson joins Microsoft from Qualcomm, where she most recently served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and was president of global market development. In that role, she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. To learn more, read the press … Read more »

Microsoft hacks its way into a new era with first-ever //oneweek

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Microsoft kicked off its first-ever //oneweek on Monday, a global event that is part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s effort to reinvent the way the company does business and encourage employees to adopt a challenger mindset and collaborate on the ideas and technologies of the future. The four-day event included a company forum on Monday where leadership set priorities for the year, a hackathon on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a … Read more »

Watch live as Satya Nadella, other key senior leaders, speak at the Worldwide Partner Conference on Wednesday

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Several senior leaders, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, will speak from 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. PT Wednesday, as part of the Vision keynotes at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. The Vision keynotes will be streamed live online on the WPC 2014 site. Nadella will share his vision for joint success with Microsoft partners in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. To learn more, head over to the Worldwide Partner Conference site. Suzanne … 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: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox. … At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft shared how teachers are using Office Mix and OneNote. Since the customer preview for … Read more »

Microsoft hires Preston McAfee as chief economist

Data is a precious resource, and as a company we need to make fewer decisions on intuition and more based on market and other data. In a post last month, Satya discussed the need for companies to create a data-driven culture, and we want to be leaders as we explore creative, diverse strategies to create greater value for our customers and greater value from our product/service data exhaust. One demonstration of … 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 and salesforce.com announce strategic partnership

Microsoft and salesforce.com announced a strategic partnership Thursday to connect salesforce.com’s customer relationship management apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows. “We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a press release. “Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud … Read more »