Pre-order Surface Pro 3 now

Pre-orders for Surface Pro 3, introduced Tuesday at an event in New York, have begun. Surface Pro 3 has 4th-generation Intel Core processor options and a 12-inch screen, but weighs just 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thin. This makes it the most powerful, thinnest and lightest Surface Pro yet. Panos Panay, Microsoft corporate vice president for Surface Computing, explains on the Surface blog: “In designing Surface, we wanted to … Read more »

The return of Master Chief: ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ coming fall 2015 on Xbox One

“Halo 5: Guardians,” the next installment in the saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015, Bonnie Ross, 343 Industries general manager announced Friday. “’Halo 5: Guardians’ is a bigger effort than ‘Halo 4,’” she writes in a post on Xbox Wire. “That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and … Read more »

First Microsoft Innovation Center in the U.S. to Open in Miami

Visitors of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami get a sneak peek of the technology, tools, and services the facility will offer the community when it opens later this spring.

The following post is from Sanket Akerkar, Vice President of Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft. On Friday, to kick-off Techweek Miami 2014, Microsoft formally announced plans to open the first U.S.-based Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in Miami. Based in downtown Miami, the center will be a state-of-the-art facility that offers a comprehensive set of technology, tools and services to startups, governments, students, faculty and the greater Miami community to help … Read more »

Xbox One leads US software game sales in January, nearly 740 million hours of fun since launch

The following post is from Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Xbox Marketing, Microsoft The release of January NPD Group data today provides a chance to reflect on the success of Xbox One. We are incredibly humbled and proud to see Xbox One continue to be the best launch of an Xbox in our history. Comparatively, Xbox One consoles have sold at a rate of 2.29 times faster than Xbox 360 … Read more »

Power BI for Office 365 empowers everyone to analyze, visualize and share data in the cloud

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. On Monday we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration.  Modernizing business intelligence … Read more »

Watch Microsoft’s ‘Empowering’ ad from the Big Game

The following post is from Mark Penn, Executive Vice President, Advertising and Strategy As Microsoft undergoes transformation in our organization, our products, and our relationship with consumers, it’s important to state that our values of using technology to change lives and empower people around the globe remain unchanged — and are even reaffirmed. That’s why this year we decided to tell the story of how peoples’ lives are changed through … Read more »

NPD numbers: Xbox One is the fastest-selling console in the US in November

Xbox has seen record-breaking sales with the recent announcement of Xbox One selling more than 2 million units through to consumers worldwide since its launch. November NPD Group figures released Thursday revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of 101,000 consoles per day, … Read more »

First prize for Nobel Media’s scalable and reliable website, run on Windows Azure

Mattias Fyrenius, CEO of Nobel Media, and Richard Lind, director of Technology and Platforms at Microsoft Sweden, tell us more about the collaboration and future plans in the video above. With the Nobel Prizes awarded Tuesday, the Nobel organization’s website is being inundated with visitors from around the globe who want to read all the details. Every year, the world is watching when Nobel Prizes are awarded to leading figures … Read more »

YouTube and its millions of videos come to Xbox One

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that a dedicated YouTube app is officially coming to Xbox One. Whether you use YouTube to get hints on how to pass a particularly difficult level of your favorite game, watch music videos, learn the fishtail braid or view upcoming movie trailers, it’ll all be available for you right on Xbox One. You’ll have the same great content and the same great experience, such as the … Read more »

NPD Group: Xbox 360 holds the No. 1 US console spot in October

In October, Xbox 360 was the No. 1 selling console in the U.S. market and maintained its lead as the No. 1 console in 2013, selling 166,000 units.  On Thursday, market research firm NPD released new statistics for the video game console market. NPD highlights from October include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console … Read more »