Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox. At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft…


Microsoft hires Preston McAfee as chief economist

The following post is from Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft. Data is a precious resource, and as a company we need to make fewer decisions on intuition and more based on market and other data. In a post last month, Satya discussed the need for companies to create a data-driven culture,…


Weekend Reading: May 30th Edition—Skype Translator introduced at inaugural Code Conference, Microsoft and salesforce.com announce strategic partnership

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Skype Translator app revealed at the first-ever Code Conference, a new strategic partnership between Microsoft and salesforce.com and how businesses like the Seattle Children’s Hospital and The Coca-Cola Company have chosen the Surface Pro 3 as their go-to choice to replace laptops. Soon,…


Weekend Reading: May 9th Edition—Microsoft Office Mix reinvents PowerPoint presentations

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Microsoft Office Mix, the latest in cybersecurity reports and several ways Skype can help make Mother’s Day more memorable. Office Mix, a cloud-based service that helps create and share interactive lessons using PowerPoint, became available Thursday as a free preview. You can also…


Find out how to build a LEGO robot with Microsoft tools

In a recent robotics competition called “Build for Good,” a handful of companies from the Seattle area answered a challenge from LEGO to create a robot that solves a problem or improves daily life. Teams from Amazon, Egencia, Expedia, HTC, Microsoft, Nordstrom and Zulilly each had three weeks to build a solution using an EV3…


First Microsoft Innovation Center in the U.S. to Open in Miami

Visitors of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami get a sneak peek of the technology, tools, and services the facility will offer the community when it opens later this spring. The following post is from Sanket Akerkar, Vice President of Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft. On Friday, to kick-off Techweek Miami 2014, Microsoft formally announced…


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…


Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal

This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for developers, the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana on the way, and updates to Windows 8.1. Cortana, your personal virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, was introduced at Build. Cortana…

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Weekend Reading: Feb. 14th Edition—Make Valentine’s Day memorable with Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on making Valentine’s Day memorable using apps, the continuing commitment to empowering youth through YouthSpark initiatives and tips to stay safer online. The international day of love celebration known as Valentine’s Day inspired Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store to play…