E3: Hot lineup of Xbox One exclusive titles, backward compatibility for Xbox 360 announced

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It was hard to catch a breath during the Xbox E3 briefing Monday: The news included the reveal of “Halo 5: Guardians” Warzone, an all-new, massive scale multiplayer mode where up to 24 players battle with AI characters joining in the fight; a fully featured version of “Minecraft” for Microsoft HoloLens; and that Xbox will be the only console to support backward compatibility natively for select Xbox 360 games for … 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 »

Microsoft wins big at Mobile World Congress 2015 – Weekend Reading: March 6th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, with stories about Mobile World Congress, the Game Developers Conference and the new preview of Office 2016 for Mac. At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft racked up 10 awards, including Best Mobile Tablet (Surface Pro 3), Best of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640) and Top Pick of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640 XL). Microsoft announced the two new, affordable Lumia phones … Read more »

Registration for Build is open – prepare for a Windows 10 deep dive!

Yesterday, we announced a new chapter for Windows, where we’ll be delivering a More Personal Computing Experience for end-users and a truly Universal Platform for developers. For users, Windows 10 will be even more of the Windows Experience they know and love. For developers, Windows 10 is transformative – with so much new capability on offer, it’s time to go deep with developers on Windows 10 – registration for Build … Read more »

Inspiration, encouragement and hands-on learning drive Microsoft’s efforts during Computer Science Education Week — Weekend Reading: December 12th Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at how Microsoft helped inspire and train students worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, and how the company plans to keep supporting them, as well as some great new games and apps available for the holidays, and new Microsoft Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government offerings for U.S. government cloud customers. Microsoft employees from Redmond to Riyadh to Rome helped … Read more »

Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs and tablets; and meet the energy sleuths — It’s (early) Weekend Reading: Nov. 26th Edition

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Before you get too comfy in your chair on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out all the great Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs, tablets and more, as well as meet a passionate trio from Carnegie Mellon University who are using technology to reduce energy consumption in buildings. It’s the early edition of Weekend Reading; let’s go! If you’ve been waiting to get an Xbox One, there’s no better … Read more »

Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band: Getting in shape has never been so productive — Weekend Reading: Oct. 31st Edition

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This week, we’ve got stories about the new Microsoft Health platform and Microsoft Band device, a new partnership with the Special Olympics and new cloud services and mobility solutions announced at TechEd Europe. Microsoft Health, an exciting new platform, includes a cloud service where consumers and industry can store and combine health and fitness data to gain powerful insights using Microsoft’s Intelligence Engine. Those insights include: which exercises burned the … Read more »

Microsoft’s innovations help speed up customer adoption of cloud computing — Weekend Reading: Oct. 24th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on getting the cloud up and running faster, the release of Kinect SDK 2.0 and a new adapter kit, and the expansion of the Microsoft Garage to making cross-platform consumer apps. In a post Monday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group, announced several innovations to help accelerate … Read more »

Project Spark ignites gamers’ minds, and Surface Pro 3 is a good fit for enterprise — Weekend Reading: Oct. 10th Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Project Spark, the Surface Pro 3’s role in the workplace and Adobe Creative Cloud now optimized for Surface Pro 3. Project Spark made its official world debut in stores this week, and its creators and early devotees hope the game for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One will spread far beyond its million beta users and help break the glass between … Read more »

A first look at Windows 10 — Weekend Reading: Oct. 3rd Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the introduction of Windows 10, the relationship between Microsoft and the NFL, and a YouthSpark expedition into the jungle with five young technologists. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, introduced Windows 10 as “the first step of a whole new generation of Windows.” Windows 10 will run across a broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, … Read more »