Music, a medical breakthrough and employee generosity – Weekend Reading: Feb. 12 edition

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There was a lot to love this week at Microsoft, timely with Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We watched an amazing 11-year-old composer from McKinney, Texas, who now has an easier way to notate his award-winning creations, thanks to an app especially designed for Surface. We learned that Sir Paul McCartney created an exclusive set of love-inspired musical creations for Mojis on Skype. We saw how Kinect is being used to … Read more »

Bing’s NFL playoff picks, Skype’s big milestone and the new Microsoft Envision event — Weekend Reading: Jan. 15 edition

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Bing’s sports predictions, beautiful murals around the world and a photographer’s Great Barrier Reef adventure are just a few reasons to take a look back at the week’s news at Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. If you’re settling in to watch some football this weekend, you may want to first check out which teams Bing Predicts expects to win. Seattle … Read more »

Celebrating women in tech, new Windows 10 devices and Microsoft’s giving effort — Weekend Reading, Oct. 16 edition

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From the world’s largest gathering of women in tech to a huge Microsoft effort to help countless people in need, there was no shortage of inspiring news this week. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. More than 800 Microsoft employees headed to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which began Wednesday in Houston. Marie Margishvili and Moriah Baxevane-Connell were … Read more »

Microsoft unveils new era of Windows 10 devices at event in NYC

In New York Tuesday morning, Microsoft unveiled a new era of Windows 10 devices, including new Surface, Lumia and Band devices. “Our approach to hardware is to create and reinvent categories – like we did with Xbox and Xbox Live, with Surface being the tablet that can replace your laptop, with Lumia and Continuum, with Surface Hub, and of course with HoloLens being the only platform enabling you to mix … Read more »

Microsoft expands computer science education, partnership with Salesforce and your mind with Hacking Mars design challenge — Weekend Reading, Sept. 18 edition

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The universe expanded in new ways, yet got more personal, this week at Microsoft. For one thing, CEO Satya Nadella announced a new commitment of $75 million to help young people around the world study computer science. Also announced: Microsoft’s strategic partnership with Salesforce will grow. And if you’re ready to help “The Martian’s” stranded astronaut Mark Watney get off the Red Planet, the Hacking Mars design challenge is your … Read more »

Microsoft aims to take NFL into the future with technology

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With the first kickoff last Thursday, the NFL is back, beginning the countdown to a major milestone with Super Bowl 50 in February. Every team has different methods to get them the next championship trophy, but all of them have one thing in common on the journey there: They’ll all use resources powered by Microsoft, which is going into its third year of a unique technology partnership with the NFL. … Read more »

Microsoft announces Surface 3, the thinnest and lightest Surface yet

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On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Surface 3, which features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. At just 8.7 mm thin and weighing 1.37 pounds, the Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface ever shipped. Compared to the 12-inch Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3, with a 10.8-inch screen, is slightly smaller and feels great when you’re using … Read more »

Meet four people helping to design the future of Microsoft

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Behind the idea for any new piece of technology is a question: How do designers at the front end translate hunks of metal, plastic, wires, pixels and bits into a new human experience? Microsoft’s designers approach their products from their own unique angles: Kat Holmes (who is featured in the latest episode of the podcast “Next at Microsoft”) takes her fascination with messy, complicated love stories to Microsoft’s Cortana personal … Read more »

Snapping photos of the future with Computer Graphics Artist Brian Townsend

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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

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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 »