FIRST Robotics competition helps create next generation of engineers

What do you get when you combine life-size robots, giant rubber balls, alliances vying for victory and a bunch of rowdy teenagers? Mayhem, of course. You also get a FIRST Robotics competition that took place recently at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Wash. “On the Whiteboard” Editor Pamela Woon was there to catch all of the robot ruckus, shown in the above video. FIRST is a national nonprofit that … Read more »

Microsoft to developers at Build: You have the power

On Wednesday at the Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft outlined new opportunities for developers and showed how businesses can benefit from new capabilities in the Windows 8.1 update and Windows Phone 8.1. The company also showed how Cortana, a new digital assistant, is powered by Bing. Finally, updates to Internet Explorer 11 and a new and improved Skype for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 were also unveiled. … Read more »

Microsoft unveils updates to Windows and Windows Phone at Build 2014

On Wednesday, Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 8.1 and announced updates to Windows 8.1 at the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The company also outlined new opportunities for developers. Finally, Nokia also announced three new Lumia smartphones that will run on Windows Phone 8.1. Meet Cortana and check out the Windows Phone 8.1 update Windows Phone Vice President Joe Belfiore kicked off the morning with an … Read more »

Tune in to the Build 2014 webcast

Build 2014 takes place from April 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, with keynotes on the mornings of April 2 and April 3 from 8:30 a.m. PT – 11:30 a.m. PT. You can watch the keynote livestreams over on Channel 9. For the latest Build 2014-related news and developments, visit the Microsoft News Center. You might also be interested in: · Game, set, match: WTA app brings the latest on the stars … Read more »

Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public

The following post is from Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time. The museum has done an excellent job of curating some of the most significant historical software … Read more »

Microsoft is proud to bring We Day back to Seattle!

The following post is from Lisa Brummel, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Microsoft. Microsoft YouthSpark reporters Gabrielle, Delaney and Keilon joined We Day co-host Munro Chambers from the hit TeenNick TV show “Degrassi” at We Day Seattle 2013. We at Microsoft are inspired by today’s youth. We are amazed by their compassion and determination to make a difference in the lives of others. There is nothing quite like seeing the … Read more »

North Carolina’s largest county saves $3.2 million with Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro

The following post is from Michael Donlan, Vice President of State and Local Government, Microsoft. On Wednesday, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s most populous county, announced it has bet big on the Microsoft platform by selecting Microsoft Office 365 as its communications and collaboration platform, Windows Azure as its cloud storage solution, and Microsoft Surface Pro for its mobility needs. Together, the seamless mobility, productivity and flexibility aspects of these solutions have … Read more »

SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturers, will be generally available April 1

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1.  SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from Microsoft engineers and thousands of hours of testing and input from our preview customers. The result is an important component … Read more »

Life in the digital crosshairs: Experience the untold story

On Saturday, July 13, 2001, Microsoft was alerted to a nasty piece of malware called “Code Red.” In just two weeks, ABC News reported that the Code Red worm had infected more than 300,000 Windows computers around the world. When the news broke, it was like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel. Microsoft learned early on that if it was going to succeed at building trust with its … Read more »

Delivering amazing experiences is the key to customer success

The following post is from Kirill Tatarinov, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions. Convergence, Microsoft’s premier business event taking place this week in Atlanta, is a celebration of business achievement and an opportunity to connect, engage and discover. We are pleased to highlight the achievements of great Microsoft customers such as Delta Air Lines, New Belgium Brewery, Lotus F1 and others that are succeeding by connecting with their customers.   … Read more »