Contents tagged with Microsoft Press

  • Ford Motor Co. Reaches Milestone With 3 Million Plus SYNC-Equipped Vehicles Produced Since 2007

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 2:14 PM. Posted in Microsoft Press.

    The emergence of in-vehicle infotainment systems has experienced a dramatic shift this decade, going from neutral to full speed ahead. According to a case study published this week by Microsoft Corp., the appeal of Ford’s SYNC automotive infotainment platform is significant. To date, SYNC has been installed in over 3 million vehicles, making it the fastest selling infotainment unit in the United States.

    The Windows Embedded Automotive 7 platform, recently announced at SAE Convergence 2010, has tuned up the in-car experience — quickly adding to the increased value Ford has witnessed in over 20 of its models currently on the market. Today, SYNC-enabled Ford vehicles provide drivers with Bluetooth connectivity, access to music libraries on their portable media devices and a slew of other applications that contribute to an enhanced driving experience. 

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  • The Microsoft Blog

    Posted by bink on January 8 2010, 4:01 AM. Posted in Microsoft Press.

    Introducing the Microsoft News Center

    For the past decade, PressPass has been the official voice of Microsoft to people who are interested in the company. This week, we’re launching a refreshed and renewed version of the site, with a new name (Microsoft News Center) and more content than ever – full details can be found here. As part of the redesign, we are also establishing an official company blog (this one!).

    Almost from the inception of blogging, Microsoft has had a large group of passionate and prolific bloggers at the company. Today, nearly all of our major teams have an official blog which serves as the nexus for the conversations that spring up about products, features, issues and news relevant to that group and the audiences who care about it. Because of this, and because of the way we’ve used PressPass, we’ve never established an “official” blog for the company overall.

    As we stepped back and started thinking about how PressPass needed to evolve, it became clear that while we now have a great place to put rich media and information about *what* Microsoft and its partners are doing, we also need a place to have conversations about what we *think* and believe, and to offer perspective on what is happening at Microsoft, or in the world of technology more broadly.

    In some ways, this makes the blog the opinion section for the News Center, and the place where we’ll likely first post statements and commentary on breaking news about the company. We’ll also use this blog to point to other sites/blogs at Microsoft when they’re more relevant on issues du jour.

    You can expect to see a variety of people at Microsoft post to this blog – and each blog will be signed by the person who authored it. Our goal is to start relatively slowly, which means a post or maybe two per day for the next month or so. And like some other company blogs, we are not enabling comments initially, but once we’ve gotten into a rhythm we do hope to enable comments and foster a greater dialogue with readers.


    The Microsoft Blog – News and Perspectives from Microsoft
  • Microsoft Confirms Data Recovery for Sidekick Users

    Posted by vasudev on October 15 2009, 11:50 PM. Posted in Microsoft Press.

    Dear T-Mobile Sidekick customers,

    On behalf of Microsoft, I want to apologize for the recent problems with the Sidekick service and give you an update on the steps we have taken to resolve these problems.

    We are pleased to report that we have recovered most, if not all, customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage. We plan to begin restoring users' personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the data and our restoration plan. We will then continue to work around the clock to restore data to all affected users, including calendar, notes, tasks, photographs and high scores, as quickly as possible.

    We now believe that data loss affected a minority of Sidekick users. If your Sidekick account was among those affected, please continue to log into the T-Mobile Sidekick forum at for the latest updates about when data restoration will begin, and any steps you may need to take. We will work with T-Mobile to post the next update on data restoration timing no later than Saturday.

    We have determined that the outage was caused by a system failure that created data loss in the core database and the back-up. We rebuilt the system component by component, recovering data along the way. This careful process has taken a significant amount of time, but was necessary to preserve the integrity of the data.

    We will continue working closely with T-Mobile to restore user data as quickly as possible. We are eager to deliver the level of reliable service that our incredibly loyal customers have become accustomed to, and we are taking immediate steps to help ensure this does not happen again. Specifically, we have made changes to improve the overall stability of the Sidekick service and initiated a more resilient backup process to ensure that the integrity of our database backups is maintained.

    Once again, we apologize for this situation and the inconvenience that it has created. Please know that we are working all-out to resolve this situation and restore the reliability of the service.


    Roz Ho

  • Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 14 2009, 7:46 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Windows Mobile, Microsoft Press.

    The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.

    Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.

    Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia Executive Vice President Kai Öistämö announce a joint venture to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and Communication solutions to Nokia smartphones.

    Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia Executive Vice President Kai Öistämö announce a joint venture to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and Communication solutions to Nokia smartphones.

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  • Elevator to Space Stops at Microsoft

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 11 2009, 11:04 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Microsoft Press.

    Today, a trip into space is a bone-crunching, rocket-roaring ride with a multi-billion dollar price tag. Tomorrow, it might be a smooth, 62,000-mile elevator ride, cheap enough for the masses.

    The journey would take place on a “space elevator,” which sounds like something out of science fiction: A ribbon from Earth that lifts crew and cargo up toward the stars. But thanks to recent advances in technology, some scientists say this high-wire act isn't as big a stretch as one might think.

    Aug. 13-16, hundreds of scientists, researchers, and space enthusiasts from all over the world will gather at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus for Space Elevator Conference 2009 – an exploration of the technical, legal, and social challenges of building an elevator to space.

    The fact is, ever since Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky dreamed up the idea in 1895, the space elevator has lived primarily in the imaginations of writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, admits David Horn, a program manager on the Office Live Service Experience team and the conference's organizer. "It does sound a little like sci-fi but, hopefully, not for long," Horn says. "The excitement about the space elevator is that the technologies we need to make this happen are very near."

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  • Two free e-books from Microsoft Press

    Posted by vasudev on April 15 2009, 2:35 PM. Posted in Microsoft Press.


    2009 is the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Press! The press's first book was published on March 22, 1984: The Apple Macintosh Book, by Cary Lu ( For 25 years, Microsoft Press has described Microsoft products and technologies like nobody else.

    To celebrate, we’ve been offering free e-books to our readers, and I’m happy to announce that April’s e-books are now available:

    • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford (27 chapters, 3 appendices, 712 pages)
    • Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! by Patrice Pelland (9 chapters, Glossary, 254 pages)

    Grab them now because this offer ends on April 22. And, as always, enjoy!

    ........... Download Links At Source

    (Pl. note: It gets downloaded as ‘’ which you have to rename them with .pdf extension)