Weekend Reading: Jan. 21st Edition

It was a very busy week here at Microsoft. Here are eight stories from around the company you may have missed. Listen, kids. It DOES get better. In her Jan. 19th Boomtown column on AllThingsD, Kara Swisher writes about the It Gets Better Project, which was “created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness,…


Weekend Reading: Jan. 14th Edition

It’s going to be a soggy weekend in Seattle, according to this MSN weather forecast, so here’s a little Weekend Reading for those who choose not to brave the elements. Big year for patents at Microsoft. According to this TechFlash story, Microsoft was granted 3,094 patents in 2010 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office….


It’s Official: 2010 the Biggest Year in Xbox History

The debut of Kinect and smash-hit games like “Fable III” and “Halo: Reach,” drove Xbox to the biggest year in its history in 2010. More December 2010 highlights from NPD, an independent market research firm, include: • Xbox 360 was the only console to show year-over-year growth at 42 percent, making it the fastest-growing console…


Microsoft Welcomes the Boys & Girls Club to CES 2011

Here at CES 2011, I’m struck by how natural and intuitive technology is today. The sound of your voice can cue a game to begin, and the touch of a finger can bring up Bing on a Windows 7 PC. Microsoft is turning science fiction into science fact, something that’s amazing to an adult like…


Microsoft CES 2011 – More on Kinect, Surface 2.0 and the Touch Mouse

In his keynote speech on Wednesday at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled some pretty remarkable numbers for the Xbox 360 and Kinect. The full transcript and video of the speech is now available, just in case you missed it. Also, catch all the Microsoft CES news on our CES Newsroom….


Microsoft CES 2011 – Slick New Kinect Features, Windows and Surface 2.0

Microsoft made a big splash at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show amid the glitz, glamor and bright lights of Las Vegas. In his keynote speech at the Las Vegas Hilton, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a number of major announcements around Xbox 360, new enhancements to Windows Phone 7 and the next generation of Microsoft…


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…


Celebrating the launch of Kinect with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Today, I had the pleasure of standing with Karen McDonald from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg, a BGCA alum and lifelong supporter of the Clubs. Together we announced, as part of the celebration of the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, that Kinect will be made available to the…


At Advertising Week, Making Ads Entertaining

If you’re into advertising, New York City is the most exciting place to be on the planet today as Advertising Week kicks off!  And even though I’ve been here many times before with Viacom and MTV Networks, this is my first with Microsoft.  There has never been a more exciting time to be in our business….


This Week At Microsoft – Great Financial News, Kinect, Cloud and More.

It has been a busy week for Microsoft, but quiet here on the blog – that’s because it has also been Microsoft’s annual sales and marketing meeting, MGX, in Atlanta.  Nevertheless there has been plenty of interesting news. The headline is Microsoft’s earnings announcement, beating estimates and setting revenue records. The media also responded positively…