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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

Would you like double cheese with that? Adding Windows tablet goodness to Windows Phone applications

This post was written by Microsoft MVP Rob Miles. ----- 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

Fitbit arrives for Windows Phone 8.1!

Fitbit is launching their native app for Windows Phone 8.1 today that brings direct mobile syncing (via Bluetooth 4.0). Devices running Windows Phone 8.1 will now have instant access to up-to-date stats from Fitbit’s wireless activity trackers like the Flex, One and Zip. Show More Summary

Expanding Open Source technologies on Windows

At //build/ 2014 earlier this year, Microsoft took a number of broad steps to embrace open source, from WinJS and.NET to the open cloud on Azure and investments and efforts to enable your favorite open-source technologies on Windows....Show More Summary

Introduction to universal Windows apps in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1

This post was written by Microsoft MVP Pavel Yosifovich. ----- 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

For Imagine Cup finalists, Code is the common language

The 2014 Imagine Cup comes to Seattle this week and that means 34 teams will be competing in the World Citizenship, Games and Innovation categories. The finalists may come from around the world, but they speak a common language: code. Show More Summary

Microsoft kicks off //oneweek and you won’t believe the hacks!

There were “easier” projects that could have been done for //oneweek. Members of the Ability Hackathon: Eye Gaze team had a list of them, mulled them over and weighed their pros and cons. But Steve Gleason hadn’t asked the team about easy. Show More Summary

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