Weekend Reading: New Year’s Eve Edition

With the end of 2010 right around the corner, this edition of Weekend Reading focuses on the year that was and the year that could be, along with an interesting story about how the fiber-optic market has finally come full circle a decade after the telecom depression of the early 2000s. Without further ado, here…


Baking Social Into the Experience

Social computing has already changed the way we create and maintain our connections with friends, family, colleagues, companies and more. However, the world of social computing remains fragmented. The lack of integration creates frustrating disconnects that are inevitable when we are forced to switch between services and applications to stay up to date. While it…


Weekend Reading: Christmas Eve Edition

Christmas is almost upon us, but Microsoft still managed to stuff the stockings with a flurry of activity this week on a number of fronts. I know most people are busy tearing open those gifts Santa left under the Christmas tree right now, so, without further ado, here’s a little weekend reading to tide you…


Official Microsoft Blog’s Top Posts of 2010

Microsoft made lots of headlines this year as it rolled out several compelling new products, including Windows Phone 7, the Kinect for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Office 2010. However, not all the innovation at a company this big lands on the front page or makes the evening news. A lot of stuff happens behind the…


Weekend Reading: Dec. 17th Edition

Microsoft has a lot going on these days: Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Bing, cloud computing – and that’s just in the past week. Recognizing that the holidays are right around the corner and people are gearing up for vacation, I’ll keep this edition of Weekend Reading brief. We have a lot to cover though, so…


Paramount to Rock the Mobile Apps Market on Windows Phone 7

Jack Black fans, your time has come – as long as you own a Windows Phone. Paramount Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures, announced today the availability of a brand new “School of Rock” app in the Windows Phone Marketplace that lets smartphone owners watch the full movie plus menus, bonus features and experiences…


GEICO Embraces Windows Phone 7 Smartphones and Rolls Out New “GEICO GloveBox” App

The Windows Phone 7 smartphone – so easy, even a caveman can…well, you know. Nationwide auto insurer GEICO has agreed to support Windows Phone 7 as a corporate smartphone for its 24,000 employees so they can make calls, send e-mail, set up business appointments, attend meetings and keep track of vital corporate data all on the go. GEICO also…


Xbox 360 Takes No. 1 Spot in Console Sales for Sixth Month in a Row

For the sixth month in a row, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 led video game console sales with 1.37 million units sold in November, according to NPD Group, an independent market research firm. New NPD Group research also shows that Xbox 360 was the only console to show double digit year-to-date growth at 42 percent, making it…


Federal Government to Move 120,000 Workers to Microsoft Cloud Services

Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the department will become the first cabinet-level federal agency to move its e-mail and productivity applications to the cloud. The USDA will migrate 120,000 federal workers from on-premises messaging and collaboration to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal cloud computing technology over the next four weeks….