Fighting mosquito-borne diseases, celebrating student developers — Weekend Reading: June 24 edition

Ethan Jackson, a Microsoft researcher who is leading Project Premonition. Photo by Brian Smale.

It was another full week at Microsoft, which was busy trapping mosquitoes, celebrating Imagine Cup World finalists and helping small farmers in Mexico turn animal waste into clean energy. Let’s take a look. To help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, health officials in Houston’s Harris County are wielding a new mosquito trap that’s part of Microsoft’s broader Project Premonition research project. The innovative prototype was built to automatically do … Read more »

Windows veteran Dona Sarkar is new head of Windows Insider Program

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Even if you don’t know Dona Sarkar’s name, you likely know her work. If you’re one of the 1.5 billion people using Windows, you have likely used something she’s built. If you’ve ever looked for an app or setting on your computer, you’ve probably used the search box that Sarkar’s team made. Ever used the handy File Explorer tool in Windows? It’s Sarkar’s work. And if you’ve ever logged onto … Read more »

How students around the world are being empowered to achieve more

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Microsoft is committed to “building immersive and inclusive learning experiences for students and teachers around the world, experiences that build 21st-century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and computational thinking,” writes Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Education Marketing. In the classroom, OneNote, Skype, Sway and Minecraft empower teachers and students to create and share in entirely new ways, teach and learn through doing and exploring, accommodate any learning … Read more »

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

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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 »

Windows ecosystem continues to deliver differentiated devices and experiences

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In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, it is the devices that enable all the experiences to come together for consumers, businesses, developers and IT. Soon there will be more than 3 billion people with Internet-connected devices powered by cloud-based apps and services. Working with our partners, we’ve helped enable an amazing breadth of devices running Windows, desktop and mobile apps and compelling services to make people more productive in everything they … Read more »

Windows 10: ‘The first step of a whole new generation of Windows’

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Windows 10 “represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows,” writes Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, in a blog post. “Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.” Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, … Read more »

Brand new Windows 8.1 devices innovate and impress at IFA 2014

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This is an exciting week in Berlin with IFA, one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world. We always look forward to seeing new technology innovation from the industry and supporting our partners as they announce new Windows devices coming to market for holiday. One area we have seen incredible momentum over the last year is with new Windows Phones both from Microsoft and our OEM partners. … 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 »

Weekend Reading: June 6th Edition — Nearly 40 Windows devices and phones unveiled at Computex, and the Houston school district adopts Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the new Windows devices and phones introduced at Computex in Taiwan, and how students in Houston, the seventh-largest school district in the U.S., will use Office 365 to help in their education. Windows and Windows Phone devices of all shapes, sizes and prices were announced this week by manufacturers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, the second-largest technology exhibition in the … Read more »

New ecosystem opportunity for Windows devices

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It’s great to be back in Taipei for Microsoft’s 12th year of participating in Computex, the second largest technology exhibition in the world. More than 130,000 attendees are expected, along with thousands of industry analysts and technology journalists from various countries. And most importantly, many of our hardware manufacturing partners are participating with us at Computex, many of them from Taiwan and also some global and some newer partners who are … Read more »