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

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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

//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

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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

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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

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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

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 »

Education Underground Workshop, ‘Future Visions’ and Connect(); – Weekend Reading: Nov. 20 edition

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Welcome back to another installment of Weekend Reading! We had a big week on several fronts, such as education, research and innovations for developers. Microsoft hosted a group of educators, students and industry leaders on Monday through the Education Underground Workshop, which highlighted the company’s commitment to make learning more engaging and accessible, while empowering every student on the planet to achieve more. The event at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus … Read more »

Office 2016 releases worldwide, Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Microsoft – Weekend Reading: Sept. 25 edition

Office 2016

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! This week, we saw the global launch of Office 2016, a tour of the Microsoft campus by Chinese President Xi Jinping and how Microsoft Showcase Schools create innovative learning environments. On Tuesday, Office 2016 arrived, marking a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on teamwork. It has lightning-fast search for your inbox and Office 365 Groups … Read more »

IFA 2015, a visit with Christina Chen and the latest Microsoft Garage apps roll out – Weekend Reading: Sept. 4 edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! We bring you stories about IFA 2015, fast-rising Microsoft exec Christina Chen and the latest wave of apps releasing through the Microsoft Garage. IFA 2015, a leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances taking place in Germany, is showcasing new Windows 10 devices and featured Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM Division, as its keynote speaker on Friday. … Read more »