For Bing’s Kevin White, red wine and data science are the perfect pairing

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With upwards of 800 wineries, Washington state has emerged as the second-largest premium wine producer in the United States. Turning off a side street in an industrial area of sleepy Woodinville, I start to think the majority of these wineries might reside here, within a complex of storage depots referred to by locals as the “warehouse district.” OK, so industrial concrete isn’t quite the image of vast farmlands and sprawling … Read more »

Quiet riot: Dave Campbell and the art of humble disruption

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Disruptive. According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, it’s the adjective form of disrupt, which means to break apart or throw into disorder. But in the tech industry, it’s become the buzz word for transformation, tearing something down in order to create something new and better.  Spend time talking with Dave Campbell, Chief Technical Officer of Microsoft’s Cloud and Services organization and one of the company’s elite corps of Technical Fellows and … Read more »

Taking charge: Chris Cortez’s journey from 2-star general to Microsoft VP

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You could call him “General.” Thousands of Marines did during his 33 years in the Corps. But Chris Cortez, true to his roots – the son of a father who picked fruit in the fields of Northern California, and whose devoted mother could not read or write – does not put on airs. It is not his way. Calling him Chris is just fine. His appearance is neat, tidy, spare. … Read more »

Is Office exec Julia White the face of a new Microsoft?

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To say that a lot was at stake would be an understatement. The San Francisco launch event for Office for iPad was Satya Nadella’s first appearance as the CEO of Microsoft in the Bay Area tech industry and media epicenter. And Office for iPad represents Nadella’s determination to create a mobile first, cloud first Microsoft that is committed to making cloud services like Office available on every device, no matter … Read more »

Mining for digital gold with Amir Netz

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When you watch the video, you think, wow, the man is cool. Amir Netz is cool. The video in question, which is easily found on YouTube, shows Netz introducing Power BI for Office 365 to an audience of thousands at the 2013 World Partner Conference. Watch it and you’ll see a TED-quality speaker who pretty much owns the room. He’s effusive, upbeat and genuinely funny, even giving a sort of … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 20th Edition—LA County moves 100,000 employees to Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the impact of Office 365 on the L.A. County Fire Department and the city of Chicago, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and news coming from the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity 2014. Los Angeles County, the largest in the nation, is migrating more than 100,000 employees in more than 30 departments to Office 365. The fire department, which responded to more … 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 »

James Whittaker on the art of making truly killer presentations

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Editor’s note: The following is a post from Jennifer Warnick, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. It’s a Friday afternoon, and James Whittaker is sitting at Hi-Fi Brewing in Redmond. Laptop open, pint to the side, he’s working on his latest brainchild, a manuscript called “The Art of Stage Presence.” After spending his career leading various deeply technical charges, Whittaker has spent the last year tucking his metaphorical soap box into countless … Read more »

Explore the world of Microsoft in pictures

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Satya Nadella on his first day as Microsoft CEO, February 4, 2014. Photo by Brian Smale. A few weeks ago, the Microsoft Stories team noticed something. With every amazing person we meet, and every epic moment we cover, our family photo album gets a little thicker. In fact, it’s pretty much bursting at the seams. So we’ve created a new place where we can share our favorite photos from the … Read more »