Snapping photos of the future with Computer Graphics Artist Brian Townsend

Brian Townsend

Nearly everything about Brian Townsend’s job reads like science fiction. Put simply: He works in a room nicknamed “The Vault,” and he creates photographs of products that don’t yet exist. When Townsend does his job, you get a Surface tablet that’s real in every way but for one: It doesn’t yet exist in three dimensions. Not yet, anyway. If you’re confused, believe me, you’re not alone. Townsend needed to explain … Read more »

NFL sportscaster Daniel Jeremiah is a new breed of data-powered pundit

Daniel Jeremiah

TV sports pundits tend to focus on the predictions they get right, while sweeping past blunders under the rug. But when I asked NFL draft expert and football analyst Daniel “DJ” Jeremiah his best call in a recent draft, he answered, “I’ll tell you my biggest mistake: Russell Wilson.” Wilson, star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, threw two touchdowns and over 200 passing yards to win Super Bowl XLVIII last … Read more »

Distinguished Engineer Laura Butler is the brilliant, mischievous mind behind some of Microsoft’s most iconic products

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Children love bubbles and water fountains. Most adults tend to find more exhilaration from an incoming text. Sometimes, however, there’s that rarest of souls, a grown-up who manages to find beauty in both. Those are the types of people you want to be around, because their contagious joie de vivre delivers a jolt of energy to your ho-hum day. Laura Butler, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, is one such person. Currently … Read more »

Inside Microsoft’s futuristic Applied Sciences lab with Distinguished Scientist Stevie Bathiche

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If Microsoft designers have groupies, then they look like the chipper young guys who pop out from around corners at Studio B to greet Stevie Bathiche. Tagging behind Bathiche, distinguished scientist with Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group — an interdisciplinary team working on the next phase of interactive technologies — I feel like the rookie reporter in a geeky version of “Almost Famous.” But if he’s famous, he doesn’t know it, … Read more »

Microsoft and NFL give more to fans and teams

The New England Patriots use the Surface tablet during a Sept. 7 game against the Miami Dolphins

For a lot of people in the U.S., autumn is synonymous with football. Now that the NFL season is in full swing, fans and teams can find new and better ways to experience this fall favorite thanks to the ongoing collaborative sponsorship between Microsoft and the NFL. “We have a passion for innovating and improving the quality of our devices and services, and are especially excited about this opportunity to … Read more »

NFL hero Steve Gleason battles ALS with cutting-edge tech and the power of human spirit

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Spokane’s 3rd annual Gleason Fest was billed as a “grassroots, indie music festival,” but everyone there knew something more profound was afoot. As I watched the sun set over the outdoor stage at Division and Main Street, Lukas Nelson (yes, Willy’s son) played to the crowd like a man possessed. He sweated out every note of his new songs and blues-tinged renditions of Paul Simon and Tom Petty classics. Steve … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 8th Edition — Surface Pro 3 to launch in 25 more countries and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online adds new markets

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Summer slowdown? Not really. We learned that Surface Pro 3 is heading to 25 more countries soon, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is adding new markets and Peggy Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development. So, let’s jump in: Surface Pro 3, already in the U.S., Japan and Canada, will be available in 25 more countries starting Aug. 28: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, … Read more »

Surface Pro 3 will be available in 25 more markets starting Aug. 28

Surface Pro 3, which has gotten a great reception in the U.S., Japan and Canada, is on its way to 25 more markets starting Aug. 28. Customers will be able get Surface Pro 3 featuring 4th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models from Microsoftstore.com, Surface retail partners, and Authorized Surface Resellers beginning on that date. The Surface Pro 3 will be available in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, … 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 »

Spell e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n: Each spelling bee participant receives new Surface, Office 365 and Skype gift card

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Each of the 281 participants in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee got an extra boost from Microsoft Tuesday night to help them with their education, and to make sure the bonds they create with other competitors around the world can continue. The spellers, who range in age from 8 to 15, each received a brand new Surface device and Office 365. They also got a Skype gift card that … Read more »