Continuing the evolution of the Microsoft MVP Award!

Back in October 2015, I announced the first step in a broad vision to transform the MVP Award program. Since then, you have provided a great deal of feedback on how we could take this vision further. Thank you for your feedback. Now, with the arrival of 2017, this is the perfect moment to share… Read more

Moving the Games Backend from Servers to Cloud: Game Insight Goes for Azure

Building a successful online multiplayer game is а complex task that requires orchestrating a host of nitty-gritty details. All the major components must play well together, starting from game design, artwork, client implementation, and the servers running behind the scenes. Without that last one, modern mobile games literally could not exist. Alex Shirov, CTO of… Read more

Welcome to 2017

It is the start of the year and my team and I are traveling to CES today in Las Vegas. CES has transitioned in recent years from an electronics show to a broader meeting of technologists. This makes sense as software eats the world, developers take on an increasingly more important role in every company… Read more

Announcing The MVP Reconnect Program & The 2016 MVP Global Summit

Once again, it is the time of the year when we have the privilege to host thousands of passionate technical leaders for our MVP Global Summit. This is far from a traditional technical conference. Next week our whole Redmond campus is dedicated to over 2,000 MVPs. Across 16 buildings and 55 of our largest meeting… Read more

Microsoft NYC Reactor Opening

Microsoft on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its latest Microsoft Reactor, based in New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal. This is the third Reactor where Microsoft is supporting the business, university, government, and entrepreneur communities. The NYC Reactor is co-located with the Hub @ Grand Central Tech, and occupies 4,000 square feet of… Read more

Bentley’s Cloud Solution is Instrumental to Europe’s Largest Construction Project

London is a dynamic city with over two millennia of history which span several eras of buildings and infrastructure. So it’s an ambitious undertaking to build a new subway line right through the center of it. The London Crossrail railway project is the largest construction project in Europe with a £14.8 billion budget. The project… Read more

Worldwide Partner Conference 2016 is Here

It is hard to believe that Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2016 has finally started. WPC is a great opportunity to network and learn—all with the goal of increasing your profitability and accelerating your business growth. Over 15,000 attendees will descend on the city of Toronto, Canada, between July 10th – 14th, 2016. We have a really exceptional… Read more

Creating Better User Experiences with Microsoft Cognitive Services

Computer scientists have been captivated by the potential of artificial intelligence to create human like experiences with computers for decades. Although we are not at the point of true human intelligence, we have seen great advances in vision, speech, language understanding and knowledge recall that will produce better human computer experiences. These advances were made… Read more

Winners of Microsoft Office Hackathon breaking through old paradigms of Productivity

The developer community is always driving to solve today’s problems with creativity, and engaging with this community is one of the favorite parts of my job. These days, we are seeing developers apply the hacking mindset to everyday business and productivity blockers – inside and outside the office. Many of us remember how email brought… Read more

Build 2016, Our Conversation with Developers

The world of technology has always been fast-moving, but in recent years the conversations we’ve been having with developers has been evolving into 3 conversations. The first conversations saw Microsoft embracing open-source technologies. The notion of a developer working with only one platform, be it “all Microsoft”, “all Oracle”, “all Linux” or “all Apple”, is… Read more