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Weekend Reading: April 11th Edition – Nokia Devices and Services acquisition approved in China, plus two awesome robot stories!

The days are getting longer and the bees are waking from their long winter slumber here in Seattle. In celebration, we’re pollinating your weekend reading with news buzzing from around the globe. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday...Show More Summary

San Francisco City and County moving to Office 365 for cloud email

The City and County of San Francisco is upgrading its cloud email to Office 365 for 29,000 employees to improve how key public safety services – law enforcement, fire and rescue, and health – are delivered to citizens, and to reduce IT management costs, writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft Vice President, U.S. Show More Summary

Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service

For years, one of the best bargains in tech was Microsoft's free Custom Domains service, which allowed anyone to assign a custom domain to free Hotmail and Outlook.com accounts. Effective today, Microsoft has begun "winding down" the service.

The Fast Lane for App Certification: 12 Windows Store Certification Tips

When you register for a Windows Dev Center account, your goal is most certainly to submit an app, get it certified, and distribute it to your potential users. In this post I’d like to focus on app submission and certification for Windows...Show More Summary

Windows 8.1 Update: Sideloading Enhancements

Windows 8.1 includes the ability to run modern apps, typically delivered from the Windows Store. But for organizations that develop their own line-of-business apps, we have also provided a mechanism called “sideloading” that allows the installation of apps without using the Windows Store. Show More Summary

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What is Windows Image Boot (WIMBoot)?

Now that Windows 8.1 Update has been released, we want to talk about a new way that Windows 8.1 can be installed on Windows 8 logo-certified devices (since UEFI is a requirement) with smaller disks, e.g. devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage, while still ensuring that there is plenty of storage left for apps and data. Show More Summary

Some tips and tricks for using the Windows 8.1 Update

Last week at Build, we announced Windows 8.1 Update. This update is a collection of refinements that makes Windows 8.1 feel more familiar and convenient with a mouse and keyboard as well as touch. Yesterday, we began rolling out the update to people via Windows Update. Show More Summary

Red Stripe Deals: half off Asphalt 7: Heat, My Trips, Xolitaire Xtreme, and more

This week’s Red Stripe Deals offer at least 50% off of popular games, a must-have app for frequent travelers, and some fun apps for kids. Asphalt 7: Heat One of our hottest Red Stripe Deals this week is Asphalt 7: Heat. Choose from 60 different racecars, and rip up the tracks in cities around the world, including Miami, Paris, London and Rio. Show More Summary

How we got from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

This week Windows XP ended an amazing run of more than 12 years, but its influence lives on. Here's a brief of history of Windows in the 21st Century.

Microsoft OS chief Myerson talks turkey on transparency, cadence and cross platform

Microsoft Executive Vice President of operating systems Terry Myerson talks about Windows' value proposition for the a more cross-platform-committed Microsoft.

Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees

Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees as a major step in the state’s Information and Communications Technologies strategy to transform digital...Show More Summary

FIRST Robotics competition helps create next generation of engineers

What do you get when you combine life-size robots, giant rubber balls, alliances vying for victory and a bunch of rowdy teenagers? Mayhem, of course. You also get a FIRST Robotics competition that took place recently at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Wash. Show More Summary

Microsoft OS chief Myerson on the future of 'One Windows'

The head of Microsoft's unified operating system group, Terry Myerson, shares more details on Microsoft's one Windows vision in a Q&A with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

Privacy authorities across Europe approve Microsoft’s cloud commitments

The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft. This is an important week for the protection of our customers’ privacy. The European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. Show More Summary

Build 2014 highlights #1: keynotes, “universal apps,” Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Update

We just completed Build 2014 last week, and what a show! Between extensive keynotes packed with many important announcements, over 150 breakout sessions, and the channel9 live recordings from the show floor itself, there’s much to digest!...Show More Summary

Pick up the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 from the Microsoft Store for $299!

You can pick-up an ASUS VivoTab Note 8 today from the Microsoft Store for just $299 (originally $329). The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 comes with a Wacom digital stylus that has over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, giving you pinpoint control of what you write and draw on the screen making it feel as natural as writing and drawing on paper. Show More Summary

Internet Explorer 11 Now Helps Customers Stay Up To Date

With all the exciting announcements last week at BUILD, we want to highlight the great news about Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode provides better backward compatibility for Internet Explorer 8 and earlier, and...Show More Summary

World Series of Poker now in the Windows Store

There's always a seat at the poker table for you in World Series of Poker: Full House Pro, available now for Windows PCs and Tablets. Download it now from the Windows Store for free. Build your bankroll as you compete against sharks, nits, and noobs from around the world – including those playing WSOP on Xbox 360. Show More Summary

Microsoft Office for iPad engineers talk history, hint about futures

In a Reddit AMA, Microsoft's Office for iPad engineers tackle some questions about the new suite Microsoft introduced a couple weeks ago.

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