Bring me that burger, Windows, and other tech goodness from National Retail Federation event — Weekend Reading: January 16th Edition

This week, we’ve got stories about technology that will help both retailers and customers with the information they need and want; new affordable Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 on board; and an important date for developers to mark on their calendars to register for Build 2015. Hardee’s and other companies are harnessing the power of Windows to do everything from providing self-service kiosks where customers can order up their … Read more »

A first look at Windows 10 — Weekend Reading: Oct. 3rd Edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the introduction of Windows 10, the relationship between Microsoft and the NFL, and a YouthSpark expedition into the jungle with five young technologists. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, introduced Windows 10 as “the first step of a whole new generation of Windows.” Windows 10 will run across a broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 16th Edition — New cloud services highlighted at TechEd North America and the Windows Store gets an update

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about new services announced at TechEd 2014 that will remove barriers to cloud adoption, a refresh of the Windows Store that makes it easier to find apps, and new apps and games like “Wordament Snap Attack” and “Spider-Man 2.” At TechEd North America 2014 in Houston, Microsoft announced new services, products and partnerships that remove the barriers to cloud adoption for … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Nov 22nd Edition – Xbox One launches worldwide and Windows Phone gets Instagram

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the worldwide launch of the Xbox One, Windows Phone getting Instagram and holiday shopping help galore. On Nov. 22, after months of anticipation, Microsoft launched Xbox One with parties around the globe, starting in New Zealand and Australia, and extending to Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris, among other places. In New Zealand, Dan Livingstone was one happy guy, … Read more » with Skype offers a delicious pairing

For a lot of people today, email is a constant companion. First thing in the morning or late at night, in the office, at the library or on the beach, email keeps us connected to friends, family and contacts. But sometimes, you just want to talk face to face. Now, users of can do that too, with the announcement that the service’s integration with Skype is rolling out worldwide. … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 3rd Edition– hits 400M active accounts, adds new features

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on new features in, the release of the “Star Trek Into Darkness” app for Windows Phone (among a bevy of new apps made available this week), Bing Rewards expanding to MSN and a hilarious new Windows Phone ad. Check ‘em out! 400 million active accounts. On Thursday, we announced that we’ve completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Coupled … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 5th Edition – The Calendar Gets a Refresh

In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the refreshed Calendar service, an update for Skype for Windows 8 and a major Skype milestone and an update to Visual Studio 2012. The Calendar gets a refresh. On Tuesday, we released a new, modern calendar experience for The calendar has been entirely redesigned with a modern, intuitive interface that puts you in control of … Read more » Calendar Gets a New Look

Today, we released a fresh new interface for the Calendar service that is faster than ever, puts the focus on events, appointments and tasks and lets you take your Calendar with you on any device. Below is a screenshot of the new Calendar service. A few of the cooler updates to the Calendar include: · Add or edit events with a single click · Sleek new look and … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 15th Edition – Windows Phone 8 Wins’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Smartphone Operating Systems

Well, it’s been one heck of a busy week here at Microsoft! This week, Windows Phone 8 won the smartphone category in’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Xbox 360 kept the top console spot in the U.S., the Duke of York visited the Yammer office in London and the Twitter app for Windows 8 was released. Phew! Read more about it below. And the winner is…’s 2013 Readers’ … Read more »

Video: – Modern Email the Way it Should Be

Since last summer, more than 60 million customers have signed up for, Microsoft’s new modern email service. And when we say “modern”, we mean “modern”. helps solve two of the biggest problems email services have faced since people started communicating electronically in massive numbers years ago – outdated contacts lists and attachment space limits. Head on over to The Outlook Blog to get the whole story, which includes … Read more »