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Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

Free group video calling now available with Skype for Windows 8.1

You can now bring family and friends together for free group video calling with Skype for Windows 8.1 on your Windows PCs and Tablets. Group video calling allows you to have group video calls with up to 9 people at the same time. This...Show More Summary

Microsoft schedules Surface Pro 3 update to fix Wi-Fi issues

In the second of two July updates, due tomorrow, Microsoft says it has resolved some of the reported networking issues with its new flagship device but is still working on others. Surprisingly, this isn't uncommon for new hardware platforms. Just ask Apple.

Windows Phone 8.1 and Cyan firmware rollout to Lumia users begins

The Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and Cyan firmware release are starting to roll out to existing Lumia users as of July 15.

Viggle now available for Windows and Windows Phone

Who doesn’t like the idea of earning rewards for watching their favorite TV shows and listening to their favorite music? With Viggle, just hold up the app to check in to TV shows you’re watching or match music you’re listening to earn Viggle Points. Show More Summary

WPC 2014: Partnering to win in the mobile era

Today, we are at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives us an opportunity to connect with our partners and gather invaluable feedback on their experiences working with us, our platform and productivity scenarios. Show More Summary

Where will the new Microsoft put its focus? Expected job cuts will provide clues

Microsoft is believed to be ready to cut thousands of jobs this week as part of management's attempt to focus on areas where the company can win. Which teams are likely to take the brunt?

Microsoft provides one-year update on CityNext initiative at Worldwide Partner Conference

Exactly one year since launch, the momentum generated by Microsoft CityNext is significant and continues to grow. More than 200 partners have already signed on to Microsoft CityNext and are actively delivering more than 700 solutions worldwide – helping to build more modern, safer, healthier and educated cities. Show More Summary

Windows themes from dawn to dusk

Do people still read the Iliad? I studied it in school, mumble years ago, and one of the few things I remember about it is that every single time sunrise is mentioned, it is described as “rosy-fingered dawn” or “dawn’s rosy fingers.”...Show More Summary

Microsoft's differentiation plan: A suite of 'experiences' on any device

Microsoft gave its reseller partners their fiscal 2015 marching orders on the opening day of its annual partner conference. Productivity, enterprise mobility, security and CRM all figured prominently.

At Worldwide Partner Conference, it’s mobile-first, cloud-first world front and center

Microsoft is integrating the cloud into the Microsoft Partner Network, with three new cloud-focused competencies based on performance for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure to be offered to better help partners serve customers. The announcement...Show More Summary

Tips for submitting apps in markets that require an age rating

Windows Phone adoption is growing around the world, and as mentioned in my Windows Store trends blog, many of these countries or markets have organizations that have defined a content or age rating system that indicates the suitability of the app for certain age groups. Show More Summary

Bing magic helps Cortana predict the winner in 15 out of 15 Soccer (Football) matches in Brazil

A few weeks ago, we enabled the ability for Cortana to predict the outcomes of soccer matches from Brazil powered by prediction technology in Bing on devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Thanks to Bing, Cortana has accurately predicted...Show More Summary

Rolling out the Windows Developer Program for IoT

You’ve heard quite a bit recently about Microsoft’s strategy for bringing Windows to more devices, including IoT. Today I’d like to update you on the commitments we made during the recent O’Reilly Solid and Microsoft Build events to ship developer kits that allow people to run a version of Windows on the Intel Galileo board. Show More Summary

Microsoft launches Apportals to improve app management on Windows 8

Microsoft is continuing to attempt to reduce Windows 8.x hurdles for its business users with a new app-management tool called Windows Apportals.

Microsoft to work with Google on Kubernetes container-management platform

Microsoft is backing the Google-developed and now open-sourced Kubernetes container management effort.

Microsoft launches new Windows Apportals

Today we launched Windows Apportals on, at WHAT ARE WINDOWS APPORTALS? A Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate your entire Line of Business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: July 11th Edition — A message from Satya Nadella, Lumia 930 on sale, Microsoft Azure StorSimple previewed

It may feel like the dog days of summer where you sit, but in this edition of Weekend Reading, we’re still going full steam ahead with an important message from CEO Satya Nadella and a busy July ahead. Check out how summer sizzles at Microsoft in Washington state, Washington D.C. Show More Summary

Which app should I build? Exploring opportunities in the market

This blog post is the first in a guest series of articles from the creators of which walk developers through some of the business aspects of app development. In this post, we will cover the process of identifying your goals,...Show More Summary

Microsoft acquires InMage: Better business continuity with Azure

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired InMage, an innovator in the emerging area of cloud-based business continuity. Our customers tell us that business continuity – the ability to backup, replicate and quickly recover data and applications in case of a system failure – is incredibly important. Show More Summary

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