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  • MMS 2013 in Las Vegas, April 8-12

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 10 2012, 11:31 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    I am excited to announce that Microsoft will once again be hosting our annual management conference, Microsoft Management Summit 2013, in Las Vegas April 8-12, 2013 at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. 
    We are planning a great week of technical training, content and networking that you can only get at MMS.  If you want to be the first to know when registration opens, please like us on Facebook or send e-mail to
    Following on the heels of the releases of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, I am really excited for the chance for everyone to learn more about our latest capabilities and share what’s ahead at our annual gathering. And remember, we had a very early sell-out last year so be on the look-out for registration information and be sure to secure your spot.


  • Microsoft to open its holiday pop-up retail stores on October 26

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 2 2012, 4:53 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft will, indeed, open its 30-plus holiday pop-up brick-and-mortar stores on October 26, the day that Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablets go on sale.


    It seems obvious this would be the case, doesn't it? But back in early September, when Microsoft announced the list of pop-up stores it will be opening "this fall,," officials refused to confirm they'd be open by October 26.

    Luckily, eagle-eyed Microsoft watcher @steveymacjr spotted a mention of the New York store opening on October 26 on Microsoft's own Microsoft Stores web site.

    I checked some of the 31 other pop-up store locations in the U.S. and Canada and they also list October 26 as their opening dates.

    Microsoft Stores sell Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft and third-party software, games, peripherals and more. Microsoft also is going to sell its recently announced Surface PC/tablets through its Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and through select online Microsoft stores, as well.

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  • Microsoft Enters Licensing Agreement With Sharp

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 8 2012, 3:12 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft has entered into an IP licensing agreement with Sharp Corp. to use the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). The agreement covers the use of exFAT in smartphones distributed by Sharp based on the Android platform. Today’s deal marks continued momentum by Microsoft for its exFAT technology licensing program.

    exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle — by more than five times over the previous technology. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed.

    Today’s agreement allows Sharp to incorporate the latest file system from Microsoft in its product portfolio and deliver faster response times and greater storage capabilities to consumers around the globe.

    “Consumers today move from mobile phones, to PCs, to home entertainment systems throughout their day — and they expect their media to move as seamlessly across those devices as they do,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “This agreement allows Sharp to continue to stay ahead of the curve and give people around the world entertainment and productivity experiences that truly fit their lifestyles.”

  • Microsoft mulls plan for new music service

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 19 2012, 4:16 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    The software maker has spoken with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox and an upcoming Windows-based phone.

    Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies about creating a new music service, CNET has learned.

    The software maker, which has a spotty record in digital music, has discussed creating a delivery service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

    It was unclear exactly how this will differ from Microsoft's Zune Music Pass, which is the music service currently available to Xbox subscribers.

    Negotiations are still in a preliminary stage and the two sides have yet to drill down into all the specifics, the sources said.

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  • No Mix 2012

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 25 2012, 3:19 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    At the beginning of each year, many of us assess how we (and our developer community) might want to invest our respective time and resources for the year ahead, and we’ve devoted some of that energy in the past few months toward thinking about the various developer conferences we host.

    As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012.

    For context, the idea to create MIX was conceived in the fall of 2005, literally as the PDC05 main stage was being disassembled after the final keynote. While we reflected on that PDC, there was a lot of discussion around our engagement with the web community, and how we needed a more focused effort around our upcoming plans for Internet Explorer, the roadmap for our web platform, the work we were starting on web standards (we were shipping IE6 at the time), and so on. MIX06 was held about four months later in Las Vegas, and has been there ever since. A lot of great things subsequently happened in and around MIX in the six years that followed, but there have been a couple of slow and steady trends that have brought us to this point.

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  • Skype acquires Microsoft BizSpark partner GroupMe

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 3:25 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Skype — a company which is in the midst of being acquired by Microsoft — announced on August 21 that it is acquiring GroupMe.

    GroupMe offers a messaging and conference call service, which it launched about a year ago. GroupMe officials referred to the service as “your real-life network,” and offers users a private chat room on their phones. GroupMe enables users to chat within their groups while circumventing SMS (and thus, not deducting from users’ SMS balances).

    GroupMe allows users to have multiple “disposable” groups, and works on a variety of phones, including iPhones, Blackberries, Android phones and feature phones. When I talked with company backers a couple of months ago, they were porting their application to Windows Phones, and had big plans for the “Mango” Windows Phone release (allowing users to pin groups to their start menus and obtain real-time notifications).

    Skype and GroupMe are not disclosing terms of the deal, but estimates have the deal valued at more than $50 million.

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  • Microsoft Interactive Classroom

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:20 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft Interactive Classroom helps interaction and collaboration between educators and students by enabling the creation of classroom polls using PowerPoint, and sharing content with students using OneNote. Educators can insert a multiple choice, yes/no, or true/false polling questions to lessons using PowerPoint. Students who have laptops running Microsoft Windows and OneNote receive the polling questions and teacher annotations in real-time within their OneNote Notebook.In addition, students can add their own notes to the slides using the features provided in OneNote.
    They can also respond in real-time to the questions during the lesson. Students without laptops can participate in polls using hardware clickers. This gives educators real time feedback on how well their students are grasping their lessons.
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  • Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Results

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:54 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft  today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.71 billion, $5.23 billion, and $0.61 per share, which represented increases of 10%, 31%, and 36%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share included a $0.05 tax benefit primarily related to an agreement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to settle a portion of their audit of tax years 2004 to 2006.

    “We delivered strong financial results despite a mixed PC environment, which demonstrates the strength and breadth of our businesses,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Consumers are purchasing Office 2010, Xbox and Kinect at tremendous rates, and businesses of all sizes are purchasing Microsoft platforms and applications.”

    Microsoft Business Division revenue grew 21% year-over-year. Since its release last spring, Office 2010 has become the fastest-selling version of Office in history, and the integrated innovation with SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Dynamics CRM is driving significant growth for the division.

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  • Microsoft Appoints Satya Nadella as President of Server and Tools Business

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:53 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft today promoted Senior Vice President Satya Nadella to president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business.

    “We’re already making strong traction across our Server and Tools Business by embracing cloud services,” said Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. “Satya has deep experience in both our server business and online services, which will help accelerate our momentum while setting the course to deliver the cloud computing scenarios of the future.”

    As president of the Server and Tools Business, Nadella will oversee the overall strategy, engineering, marketing and product development for Microsoft’s server, tools and cloud platform efforts. This includes developing the technology road map and vision to drive adoption of the company’s products, tools and services, and delivering the company’s next generation of cloud solutions for business customers.

    “Our server and tools business is one of the fastest growing and most profitable businesses at Microsoft,” Nadella said. “I see great opportunity for Microsoft to grow the business and also lead the way in the transformation of enterprise IT. I’m excited to work with such a high-caliber team to chart the path for our continued success today and growth in the future.”

    Nadella, 43, has been with the company for 19 years and most recently led the engineering efforts in the Online Services Division, which includes overseeing the technical strategy for one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, spanning the company’s Search, Portal and Advertising platforms.

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  • Report: Microsoft management changes in the works

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:39 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft is said to be on the brink of another shuffle among its senior management.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to make changes to the company's senior management in order to improve the company's competitive edge in Web services, smartphones, and tablet computers, according to a Bloomberg report that cites unnamed sources.

    Those changes, Bloomberg says, will be announced "this month."

    What remains unclear is whether the changes will bump out any of the existing division heads, in place of talent from within or outside of the company, versus changing the number of business units and their executive make-up. Bloomberg did say that a central part of the company's plan was to "promote managers who have engineering chops and experience executing on product plans," which would imply moving someone at the top to make way for that promotion.

    A Microsoft representative declined to comment.Read more:

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  • Microsoft shuts down its ad-exchange acquisition

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 2 2011, 7:10 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

    To those wondering why Microsoft has become increasingly cautious about acquisitions, here’s another morsel for thought.

    Between 2006 and 2008, Microsoft bought at least eight search/advertising-related companies. On the list: Massive, aQuantive and AdECN, among others.

    We’ve heard about Microsoft allegedly pulling the plug on Massive, its in-game advertising purchase. It has lost a number of its aQuantive execs and sold off part of that company (Razorfish) after buying it. And this week, we learn that Microsoft is closing down AdECN, the ad-exchange network it bought that year.

    Thrice burned, thrice shy? Are these kinds of seemingly bad bets at least part of the reason why CEO Steve Ballmer has been putting the brakes on Microsoft’s acquisition spree for the past year-plus? Do you blame him?

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  • Microsoft getting ready for CES 2011 videos

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:20 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Events.

    Our #CES creative presentation creative consultant @ChetLogo has completed his journey of molding presenters for Microsoft's keynote. Watch his magic! Visit us on Facebook for more Chet (and CES).

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