Introducing Windows 10 China Government Edition, the new Surface Pro and livestreaming platform Mixer — Weekend Reading: May 26 edition

A major Microsoft event in Shanghai on Tuesday revealed the results of a joint venture between CETC and Microsoft: the development of Windows 10 China Government Edition, which Lenovo will be one of the first OEM partners to preinstall for China government customers. The new Surface Pro and the new Surface Pen also made their debuts at the event. Microsoft also announced improved inking capabilities in Office apps that will … Read more »

Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform

Screenshot of Mixer for interactive livestreaming

A big evolution of Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform was announced Thursday, including a new name for the service: Mixer (formerly Beam). Users will also see several features they’ve been asking for that unlock a whole new world of possibilities for social streaming, and help viewers find the content they’re looking for across the service. “We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the … Read more »

Creators make their marks in art, apps, gaming and the grid – Weekend Reading: April 14 edition

Creativity fuels the world, inspiring inventive teachers, budding DJs and visionary manufactures who harness clean power through household appliances. Stoke your imagination with a dose of Weekend Reading. To feed the innovator in everyone, the Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to Windows 10 customers everywhere. With this free update, artists can sample the new Paint 3D app, turning 2D images into vibrant 3D visuals. Gaming fans become game … Read more »

World-changing ideas, accelerating the drive to connected cars and teaming with Adobe to transform marketing — Weekend Reading: March 24 edition

It was a busy week and this edition of Weekend Reading gives you the highlights, which include Microsoft’s first partner in a new intellectual property licensing program for connected cars, new joint solutions with Adobe and awards for world-changing ideas. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced an agreement to license its intellectual property (IP) for connected cars to Toyota, its first partner in the launch of a new auto licensing program. “As … Read more »

A gaze forward to tomorrow’s medicine, athletes, artists and internet – Weekend Reading: Feb. 24 edition

We admire the future – from 3D operating rooms to a young athlete’s rise to a universe five centuries ahead – in the latest Weekend Reading. Let’s begin at the most distant milepost, the year 2559, when the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire has embarked on a new journey. Awaiting its human crew are a savage mob known as the Banished. If those sentences hit home, you’re undoubtedly immersed in … Read more »

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 »

Artificial intelligence takes on machine reading, Christmas carols and eye disease – Weekend Reading: Dec. 30 edition

Artificial intelligence (AI) made incredible strides in 2016, and the growth appears set to accelerate as we enter the New Year. A team of Microsoft researchers has released a dataset of 100,000 questions and answers that other AI researchers can use – for free – in their quest to create systems that can read and answer questions as well as a human. The MS MARCO dataset is based on anonymized … Read more »

Using web search data to detect lung cancer and swinging through the universe with Kinect – Weekend Reading: Nov. 11 edition

While the U.S. election dominated global headlines, there has been lots of other news you may have missed, including Microsoft researchers who detected lung cancer risks through web search logs, and an art exhibit where you can explore the universe from the seat of a swing. So take a moment to look at the world around you – and beyond – this weekend. Although smoking cigarettes is the leading cause … 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 »

How indie game creators are leveling up creativity at Xbox

Katie Stone Perez sits on a sofa surrounded by mementos in her office on Microsoft's Redmond campus

Katie Stone Perez brims over with excitement when talking about Xbox games. All Xbox games. Today the senior program manager for Microsoft’s independent developer program, ID@Xbox, is particularly enthused about “The Hole Story,” a new game about a budding young archaeologist named Wendy who digs in her backyard and discovers a portal to a strange land. The game, written and prototyped by a group of high school students, was selected … Read more »