Xbox One to launch in China in September

The Xbox One will launch in China this September, with the all-in-one games and entertainment system being the first of its kind in that nation. “Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone for us and for the industry, and it’s a step forward in our vision to deliver the best games and entertainment…

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Microsoft looks to remake the mobile market with acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business

Microsoft finalized its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business on Friday. In September 2013, Microsoft entered into an agreement to purchase the Nokia Devices and Services business, which includes its smartphone and mobile phone businesses, its design team, manufacturing and assembly facilities and operations, and sales and marketing support. To learn more about…

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Microsoft acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business finalized

On Friday, Microsoft finalized its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft and Nokia first formed a strategic partnership to build mobile devices together in February 2011, and the result was the Lumia line of smartphones, which has received critical and industry acclaim. In September 2013, Microsoft entered into an agreement to purchase…

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Weekend Reading: April 25th Edition — Office 365 is free for Brown University students, Microsoft’s energy-saving projects make every day Earth Day

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Office 365 being available free to Brown University students, Microsoft programs to develop next-generation datacenter designs to boost energy efficiency and a worldwide hackathon this weekend for university women to encourage them to become technological innovators. Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its…

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Innovating toward greater sustainability – Earth Day 2014

The following post is from Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft. This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day: a good time to celebrate the environmental efforts underway in so many parts of Microsoft and to continue to challenge ourselves to take further strides on this journey. Below are just a few of the…

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The Nokia Devices and Services acquisition close date

The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. Today we are excited to share that we have completed the steps necessary to finalize Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The transaction will be completed this Friday, April 25, when we’ll officially welcome…

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“I’m deaf. I’m British. Be warned.”

Editor's note: The following is a post from Jennifer Warnick, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. Fight or flee. Sink or swim. Face the music or become a grocery clerk. Every life has its moments of truth, and one of Jenny Lay-Flurrie’s came in her twenties. She was working for an Internet company, and things were going…

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Go behind-the-scenes of Cortana with Microsoft Research

Most of us can only dream of having the perfect personal assistant, one who is always there when needed, anticipating every request and unobtrusively organizing our lives. Cortana, the new digital personal assistant that comes with Windows Phone 8.1, brings users closer to that dream. For Larry Heck, a distinguished engineer in Microsoft Research, Cortana…


Weekend Reading: April 18th Edition — Converting big data to ambient intelligence

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on creating a data culture, an Internet of Things service built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Data Platform Group Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark, spoke Tuesday about creating a world…


NPD numbers: ‘Titanfall’ for Xbox One was No. 1 selling game in March

“Titanfall” for Xbox One was named the top-selling game in March, according to NPD Group figures released Thursday. In a blog post Thursday, Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business, wrote that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been shipped to retailers since the console’s launch on Nov. 22,…

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