The Fourth of July holiday may mean a shortened week at Microsoft, but it didn’t keep the company from making news on a number of fronts, including the next version of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft scoops seven IDEA awards for design. In this July 1st post, Next at Microsoft Blog Editor Steve Clayton writes, “Lets be honest, Microsoft isn’t synonymous with design. Which is a shame as there is a strong culture of design here. Their work is starting to shine through in our products though…and it looks like I’m not alone in that observation. The Industrial Designers Society of America yesterday announced that Microsoft had won seven awards in their annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Nice.” Nice indeed.
Now available: Windows Phone 7 + Cloud Services SDK. Microsoft Research has just released a SDK preview download of its Windows Phone 7 + Cloud Services Software Development Kit. (SDK) This SDK is designed around developing Windows Phone 7 applications with services that are not available to the general public. These services include computation (Windows Azure); storage (Windows Azure); authentication (Windows Live ID); notification; client-back-up; client-code distribution and location. Check out this June 20th post on the Windows Azure Blog for the rest of the story.
Sailing in the cloud with Office 365. Three friends are sailing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard in search of the American spirit. They’ve chronicled their journey and stayed connected with help from Office 365, an official sponsor of the trip. To read more about their adventure and how Office 365 helps them tell it, check out this feature story on the Microsoft News Center.
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Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog