Microsoft grants help kids learn computer science, Earth Day is celebrated and influential engineer is honored — Weekend Reading: April 22 edition

From a huge effort to help kids realize their potential to a celebration of our dear old planet, this week brought plenty of interesting and inspiring news around Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced grants to 100 nonprofit partners in 55 countries as part of YouthSpark, a global initiative to increase access for young people to … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 25th Edition — Office 365 is free for Brown University students, Microsoft’s energy-saving projects make every day Earth Day

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Office 365 being available free to Brown University students, Microsoft programs to develop next-generation datacenter designs to boost energy efficiency and a worldwide hackathon this weekend for university women to encourage them to become technological innovators. Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its 8,600 students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to … Read more »

Innovating toward greater sustainability – Earth Day 2014

This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day: a good time to celebrate the environmental efforts underway in so many parts of Microsoft and to continue to challenge ourselves to take further strides on this journey. Below are just a few of the many things that are happening around the company, and as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently highlighted in the Business Roundtable’s 2014 sustainability report: “At Microsoft, we believe … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 24th Edition – Kinect for Windows is helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s datacenter project will use fuel cells and Zippo chooses Microsoft Dynamics AX

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s Data Center plant project in Wyoming looking to bring a power plant inside the datacenter, and historic company Zippo Manufacturing Co. planning for the future using Microsoft Dynamics AX. Kinect for Windows, already used in physical rehabilitation, is being used by different research teams to help stroke victims. One team in Canada, the … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Nov. 8th Edition – Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 now broadly available

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, how you can now use Office 365 Web Apps to collaborate with colleagues in real time and Microsoft’s huge commitment to green energy by using wind power. At its annual Convergence event in Barcelona this week, Microsoft announced the broad availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 was also introduced. Microsoft also … Read more »

Microsoft shows green energy momentum with investment in Keechi Wind Farm

RES Americas developed and constructed the 343 megawatt Lower Snake River Wind Farm. The project, which began operating in 2012, is owned by Puget Sound Energy and is Washington State’s largest wind farm. From the time you wake up in the morning until you rest your weary eyes at night, you do things that consume power. BZZZZ. Turn off the alarm. Turn on the lights. Brew some coffee. Turn on … Read more »

Earth Day at Microsoft–Looking forward, looking back

Though concern for the environment is always top of mind at Microsoft, Earth Day is a good moment in time for taking a step back and reflecting on environmental initiatives and activities across the entire company. To that end, I’ve put together a roundup of environmentally themed stories from across several different groups here at Microsoft. New LiveANDES app helps citizens give endangered species a fighting chance. It’s easy to … Read more »

Daily Update, Feb. 12th – Big Data Done Right, The Return of ‘Contre Jour’ & More

Big Data Week continues here at Microsoft today with a deep dive from the News Center on the innovative ways our customers are using big data to solve business problems. Read how The Weather Network uses big data to improve their forecasts (and how you can “roll your own” predictions with Windows Azure), how the National Health Index uses big data to keep us healthy and much more. Meanwhile, a … Read more »

Daily Update, Nov. 19th – Emirates Airline Announces New Windows 8 Business App

Two stories for you today out of Microsoft: First, Emirates, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, announced today at the Windows 8 launch event in Dubai the development of a line-of-business application for Windows 8 called Knowledge Driven Inflight Service (KIS). An in-flight communication and customer relationship management device first introduced by Emirates for its pursers in 2004, the KIS application will now run on the soon-to-be-launched HP … Read more »

Daily Update, Oct. 8th – The Kinect for Windows SDK Gets an Update

In today’s edition of The Official Microsoft Blog’s Daily update, we have two big stories for you: · The latest Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit (SDK) was released today and the Kinect for Windows sensor is now available in China. The updated SDK gives developers more powerful sensor data tools and better ease of use, while offering businesses the ability to deploy in more places. Also, over … Read more »