Getting ahead this holiday season, with help from Microsoft

As we enter the thick of holiday season, family “to do” lists grow in length – coordinating dinners, celebrations, travel, and gift giving can seem never ending. Microsoft Windows and Southwest Airlines have joined together to help alleviate one part of your checklist, in the form of free holiday photos. Picture Perfect Holiday is now available…

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Talking About Los Angeles in 2013

In the past few Los Angeles municipal elections, voter turnout has been at an all-time low.  Local elections are simply not eliciting the type of involvement needed from LA’s diverse constituents.    At Microsoft, we know that an engaged electorate is the cornerstone of effective governance, and finding opportunities to improve LA’s voter participation needs…

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This week, Bing announced its 2011 End-of-Year Search Results, which includes the most searched

This week, Bing announced its 2011 End-of-Year Search Results, which includes the most searched people, news stories and items by Bing users during the past year. In terms of searches for tops consumer electronics, Xbox and Kinect took first place. Justin Bieber wins honors as the most searched celebrity for 2011, while the Casey Anthony…

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“Play Fair Day” Sheds Light on Piracy

Software piracy dwells in the shadows of the legitimate IT industry, so it might surprise some to learn what a glaring impact it has on consumers, businesses and economies. Because software pirates’ ability to sell non-genuine products is largely dependent upon secrecy, awareness is power in fighting this widespread problem. Today, Microsoft is flipping the…

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People First: Microsoft Windows Phone

Have you ever seen a six-story phone? We have. This week, Microsoft celebrated the availability of the new Windows Phone 7.5, formerly code-named “Mango,” by putting real people inside a giant six-story phone in New York City’s Herald Square. Why? Microsoft designed Windows Phone around one single concept: people are at the center of the…

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Don’t be Scared of High Costs for Halloween Costumes – Bing Has a Solution

Halloween is just around the corner and costume planning is in full force. What are you dressing as this year? Perhaps a “Jersey Shore” cast member or the latest celebrity? According to a recent Bing-commissioned survey of Americans, nearly 40 percent of respondents indicated that they are abandoning store-bought costumes for a do-it-yourself (DIY) costume….

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Xbox 360 is Changing the Game for Educational Experiences

Remember when you were a kid, and you wished that you could actually play with the characters on television? It is now possible with Xbox 360. Last week, Microsoft revealed how its “playful learning” experiences are revolutionizing interactive television, allowing children and their families to engage, interact and learn in an entirely new way –…

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LA Fitness Gets Into (Business) Shape with Microsoft Lync

It happens to all of us: we get busy with work, stuck in routines and don’t make the time to stay in shape.  LA Fitness, a privately owned health club chain, was in a similar situation albeit with its business. With more than 20,000 employees at 370 clubs across the county, the company had gotten…

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Do You Have an Online Security Blanket?

You are on your computer and browsing the internet, clicking on various links, when suddenly an alert pops up that you are under attack from the latest virus. It’s a familiar situation, one that many computer users experience on a daily basis. This week, Microsoft released the 11th Security Intelligence Report to provide in-depth insight…

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SharePoint: Changing the Way People Work

This week, an estimated 5,000 attendees will gather in Anaheim, Calif., for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011, the most comprehensive event on SharePoint and related technology. More than 240 sessions are scheduled to focus on how customers can use the product as a platform for critical business applications, collaboration, content management, search, and enterprise social…

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