Empowering education, teaching systems to read and saving lives with snake bots — Weekend Reading: May 5 edition

The ability of Microsoft technology to empower students, teachers, cities, industries and even safety-minded snake robots was on great display this week. Here are the highlights. Microsoft announced new innovations in education, including a Windows experience called Windows 10 S, modern classroom collaboration in Microsoft Teams, creativity features in “Minecraft” and mixed reality, and the Surface Laptop, a perfect Windows 10 S device for college students. “We believe technology can … Read more »

Virtual Valentine’s Day cards, trustworthy AI and French electro-pop – Weekend Reading: Feb. 10 edition

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if ostentatious displays of affection aren’t your thing – or even if they are – new Skype Mojis and emoticons will help you spread a little love to friends and family. You can even a record a special Valentine’s message with floating hearts to share with your loved ones over social networks. Valentine’s Day also means candy, and that’s something for which the century-old, … Read more »

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters

Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions. Each new region adheres to our Trusted Cloud principles, including security, privacy, compliance and transparency. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in … Read more »

Getting everyone in the game at Xbox, helping football coaches with smart mouthguards — Weekend Reading: Sept. 2 edition

A high school football player wears a mouth guard while standing next to a trainer on a football field.

It may have been the final days of August, but Microsoft was buzzing all week with interesting news and noteworthy stories. So before you take off for the summer’s last camping trip or get the kids ready for another school year, check out what happened at Microsoft this week. With football starting up again, i1Biometrics, a software company in Kirkland, Washington, has teamed up with Microsoft Azure to create smart … Read more »

Windows Holographic, the new Indy 500 app and Asia’s largest computer trade show – Weekend Reading: June 1 edition

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June is here, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down for summer at Microsoft. This week brings announcements about the new era of mixed reality computing, an app for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Computex in Taipei, where thousands of new devices were showcased, and much more. Check out a few of the top highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. In further proof that science … Read more »

Microsoft and Red Hat partner to deliver more flexibility and choice

The cloud is changing the world, offering enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers alike endless scale, speed and agility in a cost-effective way. I’ve been talking with customers about “why cloud” for years. Recently there has been a shift in these conversations, as the benefits have become undeniable. Now, for customers everywhere, the new question is “how cloud.” “How cloud” comes down to customers embracing the cloud on their … Read more »

Microsoft acquires BlueStripe to help customers improve application visibility and management across the datacenter and cloud

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has completed the acquisition of BlueStripe Software, a leading provider of application management technology. BlueStripe’s solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacenter and cloud environments. BlueStripe is commonly used today by customers to extend the value of Microsoft System Center by adding application-aware infrastructure performance monitoring. More and more, businesses are turning to applications to drive … Read more »

An ‘Uber for motorcycle taxis,’ beefed up Microsoft data services and the cloud gets bigger, and more secure — Weekend Reading: Feb. 20 Edition

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but there’s still love in the air: Love for technology that empowers. From the cloud to the classroom, to the streets of Uganda, this news is worthy of heart-shaped love letters. Read on! Sometimes the best ideas are serendipitous. After getting a lift with app-sourced, ride-sharing service Uber while attending We Day California last spring, Joshua Okello and Aaron Tushabe had an idea: … Read more »

For customers still using Windows Server 2003, now is the time to migrate

It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003. Back in 2003, Windows Server 2003 was the first server operating system launched after the Trustworthy Computing Initiative was announced and it introduced server roles. It had a recommended minimum processor speed of 550 MHz, and up to 4GB of RAM supported in the 32-bit version, taking advantage of the new hardware that was then … Read more »

Inspiration, encouragement and hands-on learning drive Microsoft’s efforts during Computer Science Education Week — Weekend Reading: December 12th Edition

Jasmine Lawrence

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at how Microsoft helped inspire and train students worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, and how the company plans to keep supporting them, as well as some great new games and apps available for the holidays, and new Microsoft Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government offerings for U.S. government cloud customers. Microsoft employees from Redmond to Riyadh to Rome helped … Read more »