New ways to farm, photograph and inject even more personality into live music performances – Weekend Reading Jan. 13

Joshua Lawrence went from being a structural steel draftsman to his dream job of being a commercial photographer. Ros Harvey wants to help farmers “feed the world without wrecking the planet,” and she’s on her way to doing just that with an “internet of oysters.” A Seattle radio station that helps listeners discover new music through videos of live acts that perform at its on-site studio now can integrate artists’ … Read more »

Advancing AI on several fronts, building the next world graph with mapping companies and making the perfect match for your new 4K TV — Weekend Reading: Dec. 16 edition

Microsoft employee Nitish Kumar guides a kayak across the water toward a sunset

We’re getting closer to the end of the year, but the news has yet to slow down at Microsoft. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we share big developments in artificial intelligence, a new ecosystem of intelligent location-based services and how compatible Xbox One S is with 4K TV. On Tuesday, Microsoft introduced Zo, the next evolution in chatbots; shared how Cortana, in partnership with Harman Kardon, will be present … Read more »

Helping efforts to shelter homeless families, address world hunger and recycle used grease into fine soaps — Weekend Reading: Dec. 2 edition

After the Thanksgiving holiday, we came back to work to discover news about Microsoft’s participation in a $3 million fundraising effort to shelter homeless families, how quantum computing can help end world hunger and how one couple has figured out how to convert used cooking oil into soap. Microsoft joined The Starbucks Foundation, the Schultz Family Foundation and many other businesses to support the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place. They’re part of … Read more »

Microsoft HoloLens speeds service for thyssenkrupp Elevator, researchers achieve speech recognition milestone and Old Glory Relay kicks off — Weekend Reading: Sept.16 edition

Man wearing HoloLens looks at hologram of elevator system in front of an open elevator shaft

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we have stories on how Microsoft HoloLens is helping thyssenkrupp Elevator service technicians make quicker fixes, how researchers achieved a major milestone in speech recognition and the beginning of the more than 4,200-mile Old Glory Relay, sponsored by Microsoft. Stairs are great for a workout and a necessity during emergencies. But when you need to get up several floors fast, nothing beats an elevator. … Read more »

//oneweek to remember: Employee Hackathon, Imagine Cup student competition and Gleason documentary released – Weekend reading for July 29

In many ways, it was like Valentine’s Day every day this week at Microsoft. That’s because it was //oneweek, an annual event that includes an employee Hackathon. This year, more than 15,000 worldwide poured their hearts and souls into creating new projects to solve problems and to help other people. It was also the finale of the worldwide Imagine Cup student competition, with the students’ projects aiming to do the … Read more »

Windows Holographic, the new Indy 500 app and Asia’s largest computer trade show – Weekend Reading: June 1 edition

Windows Holographic, Weekend Reading

June is here, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down for summer at Microsoft. This week brings announcements about the new era of mixed reality computing, an app for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Computex in Taipei, where thousands of new devices were showcased, and much more. Check out a few of the top highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. In further proof that science … Read more »

‘Inside the Music,’ an Army vet at Microsoft gets White House props and Windows 10 is now on 300 million active devices – Weekend Reading: May 6 edition

Inside the Music, KEXP, Kinect

This week at Microsoft, music is among our muses, an Army vet and self-described “computer nerd” at Microsoft is honored at the White House, and Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. Let’s get it started: New music, new sounds. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with alternative nonprofit radio station KEXP through the company’s nonprofit software and grant program. And now a special … Read more »

First-ever Microsoft Envision showcases supermarket of the future, R3 partnership and Ecolab’s efforts to solve water shortages — Weekend Reading: April 8 edition

Weekend Reading returns with stories from the very first Microsoft Envision event, including a look at the supermarket of the future, a strategic partnership with R3 and a collaboration with Ecolab to find solutions to water shortages. Microsoft’s new flagship event for business leaders, Envision, began Monday in New Orleans with more than 6,000 leaders from 70 countries attending. It featured a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella and a guest … Read more »

Mobile World Congress, Bing’s Guide to the Academy Awards and Xamarin acquisition — Weekend Reading: Feb. 26 edition

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading. Our recent stories include reports from the Mobile World Congress, Bing’s new experience timed to the Academy Awards and the recent acquisition of Xamarin. This week in Barcelona a wealth of new Windows 10 devices were announced as part of Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile trade show. The offerings span across device types, extending mobility of the Windows 10 experience to small … Read more »

Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

This installment of Weekend Reading leads off with a new website that focuses on workplace culture, a research toolkit tied to artificial intelligence and Bing’s Election 2016 experience. The Future of Work explores how the role of an organization’s leader may be changing, but is more important than ever. In order to create organizations that can adapt to change, leaders need to actively shape an open workplace culture that fosters collaboration … Read more »