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All quiet on the PC front, Android passes iOS (maybe) in mobile

It's the first of the month, which means it's time for another look at the state of the PC and mobile markets, using the latest data from two large web analytics firms.

Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 winner Eyenaemia receives $50,000 and a private meeting with Bill Gates

On the final day of the Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 competition at the Washington State Convention Center, only one team emerged as the winner, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the 125 students and 34 teams who made it this far...Show More Summary

Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung

Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suite against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.

A minor Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 2 still on tap for August 12

Microsoft is still on track to deliver a second update to Windows 8.1 in August. But don't expect it to include any major features or to be mandatory.

Can a Surface Pro 3 with docking station replace your desktop PC?

In its ads, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 is "the tablet that can replace your laptop." With the addition of a new docking station, the Surface Pro has its eye on your desktop PC, too.

Microsoft hacks its way into a new era with first-ever //oneweek

Microsoft kicked off its first-ever //oneweek on Monday, a global event that is part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s effort to reinvent the way the company does business and encourage employees to adopt a challenger mindset and collaborate on the ideas and technologies of the future. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Aug. 1st Edition — Hackathon heats up //oneweek, a new Microsoft board member, Imagine Cup finalists compete in Seattle

Buckle up, Weekend Reading faithful. It’s been a blockbuster. As the sun set on July, it’s doubtful we could’ve packed in much more, even if we tried. Check it out. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella threw out the playbook on the traditional company meeting this year, opting instead for a week’s worth of events to get everyone fired up. Show More Summary

Hands-on games judging at Imagine Cup World Finals gives competitors advice and encouragement

While it was warm and sunny on Microsoft’s Redmond campus Thursday morning, inside the tents set up on the Commons’ soccer fields, it was cool and dark – perfect conditions for the continuing competition of the Imagine Cup World Finals – the hands-on judging round. Show More Summary

Six clicks: Excel power tips to make you an instant expert

Excel isn't just for number crunchers with accounting degrees. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite hidden features to make you more productive when working with Excel spreadsheets.

Taking charge: Chris Cortez’s journey from 2-star general to Microsoft VP

You could call him “General.” Thousands of Marines did during his 33 years in the Corps. But Chris Cortez, true to his roots – the son of a father who picked fruit in the fields of Northern California, and whose devoted mother could not read or write – does not put on airs. It is not his way. Calling him Chris is just fine. His appearance is neat, tidy, spare. … Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preview due week of August 4

Microsoft will make the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 available to developers the week of August 4. Here's what to expect in that update, feature-wise.

Microsoft to roll out new Cortana beta and alpha releases in more countries

Microsoft is releasing Cortana, its personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, in beta in China and the U.K., and in 'alpha' form in Australia, Canada and India.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update details, with Cortana coming to new markets

This morning, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore announced details about the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, which is being made available in preview form for developers next week. This update has new features for everyone around the world, and certain features customized for and by people in China. Show More Summary

Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings Cortana to new markets + new features

Back in April, you heard me talk about how we believe Windows Phone 8.1 is the world’s most personal smartphone because of features like highly personal Live Tiles on your Start screen and the world’s first truly personal digital assistant. Show More Summary

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone gets Video recording and playback

Facebook has released an update for their Messenger app for Windows Phone that brings a few new features I think you will enjoy. This update introduces video recording and video playback so that you can send video messages and watch received videos directly within the app. Show More Summary

Merging the Code-Base: Combining Existing Windows Store and Phone Apps into Universal Apps

This post was written by Microsoft MVP Can Bilgin. ----- This week we're featuring guest blog posts from some of the members of our Microsoft developer MVP program. Microsoft MVPs are passionate, expert community leaders who share their real-world knowledge and experience building solutions with Microsoft platforms. Show More Summary

Microsoft is out to prove productivity is more than PowerPoint

The self-described 'productivity and platforms' company is championing this week some cross-divisional projects meant to show how enterprise and consumer tech can be combined to create new kinds of apps and services.

Microsoft delivers new OneNote features for iOS, Mac users

Microsoft is rolling out new OneNote features for iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as a start on the promised support for OneDrive for Business for Macs.

Cortana now shows local recommendations from Foursquare

One of the benefits of Cortana is that we can make updates behind-the-scenes on the servers that light up new capabilities without the need for a software update. We added the ability for Cortana to predict the winners in popular soccer matches in Brazil courtesy of Bing magic earlier this month. Show More Summary

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