Weekend Reading: Feb. 7th Edition — New CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft will ‘move faster, push harder and continue to transform,’ and Windows Azure being used to live stream 2014 Winter Games

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, Windows Azure being used to provide live streaming and on-demand video of the 2014 Winter Games on NBC, and the fourth-largest school district in the U.S. planning to have 100,000 Windows 8 devices in students’ hands by 2015. Satya Nadella says he is “honored and humbled” to succeed Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer as only … Read more »

Microsoft employees give new CEO Satya Nadella a ‘12th man’ welcome

On Tuesday morning, the Studio D building at Microsoft resembled a mini-version of Seattle’s Century Link Field, as hundreds of Microsoft employees swarmed around a small stage and craned their necks over three floors of balconies and stairwells, raising voices and clapping hands to welcome the company’s third CEO, Satya Nadella – and to honor the previous two CEOs, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. “Yeah!!!” said David Vautier, who works … Read more »

Former Microsoft executive tapped by White House to run HealthCare.gov site

Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive, has been named senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and will lead and manage HealthCare.gov, the federal government’s health insurance website, in his new role. DelBene recently retired from Microsoft after two decades of leading large, technical teams at the company, including being president of the Microsoft Business Division, general manager of Microsoft Outlook and group manager of Microsoft Exchange. … Read more »

Weekend Reading: September 6th Edition – Microsoft acquires Nokia’s devices and services business

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we start out with some big news about Microsoft’s deal involving Nokia’s devices and services business. Then we take you to the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Germany, where new devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners keep rolling out fast and furious; and then back to the U.S., where the Xbox One is on track to be the biggest Xbox launch ever. Microsoft to … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 5th Edition—Windows Phone 8 gets Facebook facelift, Redbox and iHeartRadio

In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll hear about big apps that just hit Windows Phone 8, the first version of a Web-based Xbox Music experience and the Xbox exclusive game “Titanfall” setting records at the Game Critics Awards “Best of E3.” Fans of the big and small-screen and live radio can now find apps like Redbox and iHeartRadio on Windows Phone 8, as well as a major facelift for … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 28th Edition—Microsoft showcases developer opportunity for Windows platform at Build 2013

In this edition of Weekend Reading, the Build 2013 conference showed off the Windows 8.1 Preview and a bevy of other major developments, TechEd Europe continued the momentum of Microsoft’s cloud progress and a new strategic partnership emerged with Oracle. Microsoft’s Build 2013 conference in San Francisco delivers a deluge of previews. Build 2013 opened Wednesday to a packed house of 6,000 developers and IT professionals and gave them a … Read more »

Weekend Reading, March 29th Edition­ – Microsoft Announces Build 2013

In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Build 2013, updates to the Mail, Calendar and People apps on Windows, a musical Skype masterpiece, the first WE Day in American history and more. Announcing Build 2013. Earlier this week, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Developer Platform Evangelism, announced specifics around Build 2013: “To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in … Read more »

Microsoft Celebrates First U.S. We Day and the Kids Who Made it Happen

Here’s a pretty cool story about kids helping kids by taking an active role in their communities: Today, Microsoft helped bring We Act to the U.S. by sponsoring a We Day event at Seattle’s KeyArena. The support springs from the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, which aims to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years. Kids attending We Day Seattle explored how they can … Read more »

Binary Diffusion

The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. The digital world is binary. It’s a zero or a one, the switch is on or it’s off. There are times when I think the industry dialogue is deeply influenced by this binary nature, and sometimes can be overly black and white. So often, in their rush to declare one era over and … Read more »