Build day one news recap: Windows 8.1 Preview, new Bing apps, Sprint’s new Windows Phone 8 devices and more

Microsoft’s Build conference for developers kicked off in San Francisco today, and this morning’s keynote was packed with major news announcements from execs Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond. Here’s a recap: You can now download a free public preview of Windows 8.1 and get a sneak peek at the latest features and enhancements…

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Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 Unveiled

The Kinect for Windows team unveiled Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 at the Engadget Expand event this past weekend. The latest iteration is the result of thousands of hours of work since the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK v. 1 and comes with a host of cool new capabilities. Next at Microsoft Editor…

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The Midweek Download: Jan. 16th Edition – Delivering on the Cloud OS & the ‘Next App Star’ Contest Kicks Off

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the Cloud OS and the opportunity it brings enterprise customers and IT managers, retailers connecting with customers using Windows 8 apps, plus a shot at seeing your app featured in a Windows Phone TV ad through the Next App Star contest. What is the…

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Daily Update, Jan. 14th – Microsoft Showcases ‘The Future of Retail Today’ at National Retail Federation Annual Convention & EXPO

This week brings the National Retail Federation (NRF) 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO to New York City, where Microsoft is highlighting how its technologies and broad ecosystem of partner solutions help retailers deliver personalized, seamless and differentiated shopping experiences for their customers. A post today on the Next at Microsoft blog features exciting examples like…

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The Midweek Download: Dec. 12th Edition – Microsoft Surface Production and Retail Distribution Increased

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Microsoft Surface, Kinect inventor Alex Kipman winning the Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation and more. Microsoft increased production and expands retail distribution for Surface. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to make Microsoft Surface available at additional retailers…

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Give the Gift of Cool with Microsoft This Holiday Season

This is an exciting holiday for Microsoft, with new Surface tablets and Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phone 8 devices and experiences for Xbox 360 with Kinect and more arriving just in time for the season. Check out the four videos below to see great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Give the gift of…

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The Midweek Download: Nov. 21st Edition – Global Customers are Adopting Windows 8 and Windows Azure Is on a Roll

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on customers who are setting their businesses apart from the rest using Windows 8 and Windows 8 apps, some great Windows Phone developer tips, and Windows Azure SQL Database being named an Enterprise Cloud Database Leader by Forrester Research. European customers embrace Windows 8. During…

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Xbox 360 Leads U.S. Console Market for 22nd Consecutive Month

In October, Xbox 360 maintained its lead in the U.S. console market – marking the 22nd consecutive month as the top-selling console. October 2012 U.S. NPD highlights include: · Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in October, more units than any other console, and held 56 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This…

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