Weekend Reading: July 12th Edition—Worldwide Partner Conference focuses on cloud solutions and Windows 8

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we take you to Houston for the Worldwide Partner Conference, then introduce the global CityNext initiative and the groundbreaking Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8 device. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference showcased cloud computing and big data and updates about Windows 8. At WPC, which kicked off Monday in…


Partners in the cloud for modern business

The following is a post from Satya Nadella, President of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. Today, at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), I am excited to announce new programs and services that are designed to help our partners and customers embrace the challenges and opportunities associated with cloud computing and big data….


Partners: Want higher profits and faster growth? Sell cloud solutions, new IDC study says

Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Microsoft released a new study from IDC that shows partners selling cloud-based solutions benefit from higher gross profit, more new customers, higher revenue per employee and faster overall business growth. The study also revealed customer buying preferences that highlight the importance of the role of partners in…


Weekend Reading: July 13th Edition–Microsoft Unveils Kinect PlayFit and Launches the Bing Fund

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Kinect PlayFit, the new Bing Fund and a final look at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Burn calories on Kinect, track them With Kinect PlayFit. At last, a high score your doctor will applaud. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled Kinect PlayFit, a new Kinect fitness dashboard…

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The Midweek Download: July 11th Edition–Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel, plus Highlights from the Worldwide Partner Conference

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Microsoft acquiring Perceptive Pixel Inc., the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto and Imagine Cup 2012. Microsoft to acquire Perceptive Pixel Inc. Microsoft and Perceptive Pixel announced on Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized…

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Weekend Reading: July 15th Edition–Imagine Cup Winners Revealed, Xbox 360 Stays No. 1 plus WPC, SkyDrive, Bing and Windows Phone

This week, Microsoft announced the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup and held the Worldwide Partner Conference, a four-day event in Los Angeles for the company’s more than 640,000 global partners. On Thursday, it was also announced that the Xbox 360 maintained its position as the number one console in the U.S. for the sixth…

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The Microsoft Partner: Optimizing for Cloud Computing

Yesterday at our Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), I talked to thousands of our partners about the opportunities and challenges presented by our industry’s shift to cloud computing. While the path to cloud computing might be different for each customer, the economics, agility and focus the cloud provides will eventually prove irresistible to customers. For our…

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The Midweek Download: July 13th Edition–400M Windows 7 Licenses Sold, plus the Worldwide Partner Conference, Imagine Cup, Windows Phone, IE10 and Windows Azure

So far this week, the biggest stories out of Microsoft are the Worldwide Partner Conference and the 2011 Imagine Cup. Read on for those and other news bits in this week’s edition of the Midweek Download. Worldwide Partner Conference Round Up. This week, Microsoft celebrates the accomplishments of its 640,000 partners from all areas of…

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Weekend Reading: July 8th Edition–More Windows Phone “Mango” news plus the Rustock botnet, Hotmail, Windows Live Essentials, Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partners Conference

Today in Weekend Reading, we’ve got a bevy of great stories for you – everything from Windows Phone to progress on the Rustock spambot to an inspiring story about a visually impaired Microsoft employee who recently broke both the women’s and men’s world records for blind ironman competitors. Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partner Conference….