A competitive snowshoer, ambitious girls and an artful fusionist – Weekend Reading: March 10 edition

Photo of Special Olympics snowshoer Anton Grotz leading the way in a training exercise in Germany

We met a wide range of inspiring people this week, each of whom we’d gladly have over to the house for dinner. Their determination seems to reflect what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Plus – they’re awfully nice, which doesn’t hurt, either. Let’s meet them, and catch up on other news from Microsoft this week. … Read more »

Kevin Scott named to newly created role of Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft

Microsoft has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of Chief Technology Officer for the company. This role is an expansion of Scott’s new role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure. As Microsoft’s CTO, Scott’s will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize Microsoft’s impact with members and customers. To learn more, read the press release and Scott’s bio. Suzanne Choney Microsoft News Center Staff

New ways to farm, photograph and inject even more personality into live music performances – Weekend Reading Jan. 13

Joshua Lawrence went from being a structural steel draftsman to his dream job of being a commercial photographer. Ros Harvey wants to help farmers “feed the world without wrecking the planet,” and she’s on her way to doing just that with an “internet of oysters.” A Seattle radio station that helps listeners discover new music through videos of live acts that perform at its on-site studio now can integrate artists’ … Read more »

Microsoft Teams, ‘Minecraft: Education Edition,’ Microsoft PowerApps and Flow – oh, my! It’s Weekend Reading, Nov. 4 edition

Microsoft Teams, Office 365

We said “hello” this week to some new team members, including Microsoft Teams, “Minecraft: Education Edition” and Microsoft PowerApps and Flow, met Microsoft employees and the people they help through the Microsoft Giving Campaign, and ushered in new era of open source hardware development at cloud speed. BAM! Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace in Office 365, debuted in preview. Most of us work in teams, but we’re not always together … Read more »

Windows 10 Creators Update and Surface Studio empower individual creativity, Surface Dial is an all-around nifty device, and every gamer can be a broadcaster – Weekend Reading, Oct. 28 edition

We’re all creators, whether it means adding a personalized emoji to a message, dreaming up a new world in “Minecraft” or reimagining a remodel of a house or office. That’s why the announcement of the next Windows 10 update, Windows 10 Creators Update, was the big news of the week, but there was plenty more. Let’s go! Windows 10 Creators Update coming in early 2017: The free update to Windows … Read more »

Lending a robotic ‘hand’ to fight prostate cancer, and a human hand to mentor employees – Weekend Reading: Sept. 9 edition

robotics, surgery, Micosoft Azure, Azure Media Services

This week, we’ve got some inspiring footage to share of robotic surgery that is helping those with prostate cancer, a look at how Microsoft’s mentors help their coworkers, and a story from a proud Marine who is now a proud Microsoft employee. Robotic surgeons worldwide lend a ‘hand’ to fight prostate cancer: Doctors around the world have made huge strides in prostate cancer treatment and recovery by using cutting-edge technology … Read more »

//oneweek to remember: Employee Hackathon, Imagine Cup student competition and Gleason documentary released – Weekend reading for July 29

In many ways, it was like Valentine’s Day every day this week at Microsoft. That’s because it was //oneweek, an annual event that includes an employee Hackathon. This year, more than 15,000 worldwide poured their hearts and souls into creating new projects to solve problems and to help other people. It was also the finale of the worldwide Imagine Cup student competition, with the students’ projects aiming to do the … Read more »

Microsoft announces LinkedIn acquisition, new Xboxes and Gaming for Everyone unveiled at E3 — Weekend Reading: June 17 edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, learn about Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Gaming for Everyone, new Xboxes that are on their way and university students taking Microsoft’s global Data Science Student Challenge and the Data Science Summer School. Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn: Microsoft and LinkedIn announced on Monday they entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at … Read more »

‘Inside the Music,’ an Army vet at Microsoft gets White House props and Windows 10 is now on 300 million active devices – Weekend Reading: May 6 edition

Inside the Music, KEXP, Kinect

This week at Microsoft, music is among our muses, an Army vet and self-described “computer nerd” at Microsoft is honored at the White House, and Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. Let’s get it started: New music, new sounds. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with alternative nonprofit radio station KEXP through the company’s nonprofit software and grant program. And now a special … Read more »

Satya Nadella: Digital transformation is changing the face of manufacturing

A digital transformation is remaking companies and their factories, bringing the intersection of manufacturing and technology even closer, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Sunday in his keynote address at Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, in Germany. Enabling that transformation are systems of intelligence that help companies gain insight and take action from big data, optimize their operations and change the very nature of the business models … Read more »