Big news for enterprise customers and Windows 10, tales from the cloud and a program manager’s inspiring story — Weekend Reading, Sept. 11 edition


The first full week of September brought plenty of interesting and uplifting news to distract us from the fact that summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’ve got all the highlights in this edition of Weekend Reading. More than 75 million devices around the world are running Windows 10, a number likely to grow significantly now that Microsoft and Dell have an expanded partnership to bring premium Windows 10 … Read more »

A week to soar: Innovation on display at Worldwide Partner Conference, parties planned for Windows 10 release and Special Olympics athletes on the move – Weekend Reading: July 17 edition

Special Olympics

It was a high-flying week at Microsoft, and if you blinked, you missed it. That’s why we’re here, to give you a recap of some of the week’s most important (and fun) goings-on, so let’s get to it: The Worldwide Partner Conference got down to business. New technology innovations were showcased, including Project GigJam and the Cortana Analytics Suite, demonstrating Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the … Read more »

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Just another regular workweek gone by, you say? Not at Microsoft. We’ve been busy, with mosquitoes, drones and disease prevention in our sights; working to increase Internet access in rural areas around the world; and providing a very big canvas for collaboration in the office. Microsoft researchers are working with academic partners on Project Premonition, a system that aims to detect infectious disease outbreaks before they become widespread. The system … Read more »

Challenge for Change winners inspire, apps keep your devices in sync and Kinect powers a symphony — Weekend Reading: May 29 edition

Young people who just might change the world, apps to help you achieve more and a first-of-its-kind musical performance were just a few of this week’s highlights. Before you settle into a relaxing weekend, take a look back at the news and find some great reasons to feel inspired. Ten teens and young adults with cool ideas to do good in the world won Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest. … Read more »

Microsoft cheers on girls who like science and the women they grow up to be – Weekend Reading: March 13th Edition


Welcome to Weekend Reading, with stories about Microsoft encouraging girls – and women – in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), an exciting first partnership event with Real Madrid, and four creative folks who are helping design the future of Microsoft. In “Girls Do Science,” a video from Microsoft released for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we hear from young girls who like science – a lot. But … Read more »

Stephen Elop on new Lumia phones, super-lightweight universal keyboard, new offering with AT&T

Lumia 640

On Monday at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft announced two new, affordable Lumia phones, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, which “give people the flexibility to do more anywhere, and at any time,” writes Stephen Elop, executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, in a blog post. Elop also shares that at the event, Microsoft unveiled a super-lightweight universal keyboard that works with iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Windows … Read more »

NYC students get Office 365 for free, Microsoft welcomes Sunrise, soldiers schooled in civilian skills – Weekend Reading: Feb. 13th Edition

MSSA, military, education

It was a week of honors, awards and an acquisition. It was a week in which one more group of soldiers completed training that will help them transition from military life to the world of civilian IT. And it was a week where students in the nation’s largest city learned they’re getting free access to productivity software that will help them prepare for college and the workplace. New York City … Read more »

Bring me that burger, Windows, and other tech goodness from National Retail Federation event — Weekend Reading: January 16th Edition


This week, we’ve got stories about technology that will help both retailers and customers with the information they need and want; new affordable Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 on board; and an important date for developers to mark on their calendars to register for Build 2015. Hardee’s and other companies are harnessing the power of Windows to do everything from providing self-service kiosks where customers can order up their … Read more »

Microsoft launches powerful and affordable Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 smartphones

Lumia, Windows Phone, Lumia 532

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced two new Lumias: The intuitive and affordable Lumia 435, and the Lumia 532, a powerful device that has a quad-core processor. In February, both phones will start being rolled out in select countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. Both smartphones come with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia “Denim” update, Microsoft’s Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), Outlook … Read more »

New Lumia 435: Top-notch Lumia Windows Phone experience at an affordable price

Lumia 435

On Wednesday, Microsoft introduced the Lumia 435 and Lumia 435 Dual SIM — smartphones that help more people stay connected and that offer the same top-notch Lumia Windows Phone experience at an affordable price. The Lumia 435, with a 4-inch screen, is a perfect choice for those who want to upgrade to a first smartphone, or for anyone to have as a secondary phone. It comes with the latest version of … Read more »