Feeling the Kinect Effect

When Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360 one year ago this week, our initial focus was controller-free games and entertainment. Once only the stuff of science fiction, Kinect became a phenomenon across the globe. Within the first 60 days, Kinect sold more than 8 million sensors, setting the Guinness Book World Record as the fastest-selling…

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Weekend Reading: Oct. 28th Edition–Nokia Announces Two New Windows Phones, Office Unveils the Future of Productivity and Microsoft is Named the No. 1 Global Workplace

It’s been a heck of a week on the news front here at Microsoft. First, Nokia announced its first two smartphones running the Windows Phone mobile platform. Next, the Office team unveiled a concept video that shows its vision of the future of productivity. Then, it was announced late Thursday night that the Great Places…

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Microsoft Offers a Glimpse into the Future of Productivity

As the president of the Office Division, people often ask me what Microsoft’s view is on the future of productivity. I think one of the best ways to answer a question like that is to show our vision by sharing a new concept video. We create these videos to help tell the story we see…

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The Midweek Download: Oct. 26th Edition–Shining a Light on Windows Phone Apps, plus Windows 8, IE10 and a Microsoft “Wizard”

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got developer stories from Windows Phone, Building Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, plus a great profile on Microsoft “wizard” Steven Bathiche on the Next at Microsoft Blog. Shining a light on your Windows Phone apps. Developers often ask us, “How can Microsoft help me promote my app?”…

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Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case

Last month, I wrote about how Microsoft and our partners, Kyrus and Kaspersky, took down the Kelihos botnet and that for the first time, Microsoft took the step of naming specific defendants in a civil case involving a botnet. In the legal case supporting the Kelihos takedown, Microsoft sued defendants Dominique Alexander Piatti, dotFree Group…

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Microsoft and Nokia: Fast Out of the Gate

It’s hard to believe that it’s little more than eight months since I was in London with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when they announced a broad strategic partnership that combined the collective strengths of both companies to form a new global mobile ecosystem. At that time, we indicated that success…

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UNICEF’s Little Orange Box Goes Digital This Halloween

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post from Ryutaro Mizuno, Director of Marketing, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Most people recognize the iconic orange collection boxes synonymous with Trick-or-Treat UNICEF, a 61-year-old campaign that has raised more than $164 million to aid children around the world. Well, this Halloween, they’re going mobile. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF…

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A Busy Week for Microsoft in Silicon Valley

In addition to its long history and growing presence with more than 2,400 employees, Microsoft is a very active participant in all aspects of the Silicon Valley. This week is a great example of the breadth and depth of the company’s relationships within the tech industry, the venture community, entrepreneurs, media and community leaders. Fox…

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Weekend Reading: Oct. 21st Edition–Microsoft “Kinects” with Sesame Street & NatGeo, plus new Windows Phones and a Cool Microsoft Research Project

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got Kinect and Xbox 360 news, a sneak peek at new Windows Phones from the All Things D Asia conference and a look into a cool new project at Microsoft Research. Microsoft teams up with Sesame Street and National Geographic for a little playful learning. The upcoming “Kinect…

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