This week saw the release of Microsoft Hyperlapse, a new set of products that create smooth, stabilized time lapses from first-person videos. For consumers, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile turns any long video – from a bumpy bicycle ride to a family stroll in the park – into a short, distilled version easily shared with friends and family. For professional shooters and serious video enthusiasts, Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro creates a hyperlapse using a Windows computer from video shot on any camera or device – including drone footage. A third product, Hyperlapse for Azure Media Services, lets developers integrate hyperlapse options into websites and apps. Read the full story to get all the details – including how an idea born in the mountains became a reality – and check out the project website, where you can find links to download the apps.
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 editions, designed to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. The editions are: Windows 10 Home, the consumer-focused desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s; Windows 10 Mobile, for smaller, mobile touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets; Windows 10 Pro, a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s with extra features to meet the needs of small businesses; Windows 10 Enterprise, which builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features for medium- and larger-sized organizations; Windows 10 Education, designed for school staff, administrators, teachers and students; and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets.
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music, founded by musicians Jason and Sherry Gittinger, is part of an entrepreneurial scene reviving metropolitan Detroit. The school teaches students not just to rock out, but to collaborate, persevere and ignite a passion for learning.
On Monday, 31 participants graduated from the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma, Washington. Two of those graduates, Staff Sgt. Sarah Stimpson and Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Travis Myers, shared their experience in the program and their goals for life after military service. MSSA is a full-time, 16-week IT job skills training program for active duty U.S. military service members who have received their separation date. The goal is to help each service member transition to high-quality careers in the IT industry, as well as to meet the economy’s demand for workers with computer science training. It works by combining technical education and training, career guidance and mentorship from Microsoft employees who are former service members.
Students showed off their brainpower in all kinds of creative ways this week. Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup National Finals gave students from around the country a chance to turn their cool ideas into reality and, for three winning teams, a shot at being in this year’s world competition and winning a $50,000 prize. Microsoft also hosted the Student Tech Fair at Loft One in New York on Wednesday to celebrate Microsoft YouthSpark Stars — student innovators using technology in impactful ways — and to showcase the latest Microsoft technology for students. Head to the Windows Blog and Microsoft YouthSpark to learn more about these amazing young people and discover Microsoft resources for students.
Owners of Windows Phone devices, PCs and tablets got more apps and games to download. The App of the Week, Marriott International, makes mobile check-in and checkout easy, while Plague Inc. arrived on Windows Phone and “Talking Ginger” pounced into the Windows Store. Bargains also came through the weekly Red Stripe Deals.
This week on our global adventure to find people who #DoMore on the Microsoft Instagram page, we met the founders of Beyond Beanie, a social clothing company whose mission is to help children in need and empower women artisans like Veronica.
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Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff