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Weekend Reading: Aug. 15th Edition — Xbox ignites gamescom, Satya Nadella names Hackathon winner, gets ice bath

We soared this week with big news for gamers, the naming of Hackathon and Microsoft Ventures winners, and the announcement of a high-flying partnership with a major airline. Read on! It was wall-to-wall Xbox at gamescom 2014, Europe’s biggest video games expo. 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

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."

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

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

Mining for digital gold with Amir Netz

When you watch the video, you think, wow, the man is cool. Amir Netz is cool. The video in question, which is easily found on YouTube, shows Netz introducing Power BI for Office 365 to an audience of thousands at the 2013 World Partner Conference. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing...Show More Summary

Mining for digital gold with Amir Netz

Editor’s note: The following is a post from Geoff Carter, a writer for microsoft.com/stories. When you watch the video, you think, wow, the man is cool. Amir Netz is cool. The video in question, which is easily found on YouTube, shows Netz introducing Power BI for Office 365 to an audience of thousands at the 2013 World Partner Conference. Show More Summary

4 ways to personalize the sounds on your Windows Phone

Windows Phone is all about letting your personality shine through. For instance, whenever I receive a call from my wife, The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back plays. (Love you, honey.) With that in mind, here are my top tips for personalizing your sounds in Windows Phone 8.1. Show More Summary

How Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 marketing push backfired

Can the Surface Pro 3 replace your Windows laptop? Probably. Can it replace a MacBook Air for a professional writer whose workflow is built around that device? Probably not. Unfortunately, Microsoft's key messages at last month's launch event encouraged reviewers to try exactly that, with predictable results.

Windows themes to make your desktop foxy (for real)

We have a lot of wildlife photography on the Personalization Gallery, including themes and wallpapers featuring wolves, tigers, polar bears, mustangs, dolphins, tropical fish, birds of various kinds – including owls and other birds of prey – and a wide variety of other furry families. Show More Summary

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturing

Microsoft has RTM'd SQL Server 2014, which includes a new in-memory OLTP engine built jointly by Microsoft Research and the SQL Server team.

Meet five Microsoft women inspiring change in technology

It takes everyone to innovate. And in advance of International Women’s Day, March 8, we’re celebrating by profiling five dynamic individuals from all corners of the company who are changing the world through technology. We’re also highlighting...Show More Summary

Microsoft's 'Cortana' alternative to Siri makes a video debut

A new leaked video appears to show off Microsoft's coming personal digital assistant, codenamed ;Cortana,' in action.

Independent UK-based developer surpasses 3.5 million downloads on Windows devices in less than one year

I love seeing developers succeed. So when Judge Dredd vs. Zombies recently surpassed 1.55 million downloads on the Window Windows Phone Windows Store, I couldn’t wait to talk with James Valls, Senior Producer at Rebellion to ask about the strategies he used to produce such strong performance. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Feb. 21st Edition — Your personal cloud is now OneDrive, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM to add marketing capabilities

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about free cloud storage OneDrive being globally available, Microsoft Dynamics CRM adding more capabilities to deliver even better customer service, and new and updated Bing appsShow More Summary

Free OneDrive cloud storage now available worldwide for Microsoft, iOS and Android devices

It’s moving day, with free cloud storage OneDrive now globally available — but you don’t have to do a thing. Existing SkyDrive customers are all set: Your files are ready in the new OneDrive, writes Chris Jones on The OneDrive Blog.Show More Summary

Build and share your own games with Project Spark

At E3 last year, we announced Project Spark – a game that lets you build and share your own games across Windows 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Project Spark uses a visual programming language originally created by Microsoft Research called Kodu that is made specifically for creating games. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Feb. 7th Edition — New CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft will ‘move faster, push harder and continue to transform,’ and Windows Azure being used to live stream 2014 Winter Games

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, Windows Azure being used to provide live streaming and on-demand video of the 2014 Winter Games on NBC, and the fourth-largest school district in the U.S. Show More Summary

Six challenges for Microsoft as the Satya Nadella era begins

Congratulations, Satya Nadella. You're the new CEO of Microsoft! What are you going to do next? I don't have any advice, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what's on the new boss's to-do list.

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