Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group in Microsoft today took the ALS Ice bucket challenge. He nominated Amy Hood, Brian Harry and Anders Hejlsberg. ScottGu responding to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Scott challenges Amy Hood, Brian Harry and Anders Hejlsberg to accept and respond to the challenge in the next 24hrs. Already Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela took the ALS ice bucket challenge. ...

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Microsoft today announced the 2nd year of YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest for young people. Starting today and running through March 5th, people ages 18-25 can submit their next general big ideas by clicking here. Of course, you will be winning lots of prizes. Each entrant will receive a $10 donation gift card to support the project of their choice on YouthSpark on GlobalGiving. 20 finalists will each receive a Microsoft Surface 2 with Office 365 University. 5 grand prize winners will win:   A life-changing, volunteer travel experience in the Amazon to learn about creating change $2,500 cash  to help turn their ideas into a reality A Microsoft technology bundle including a Windows Phone and an Xbox One* The opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark ambassador and take advantage of YouthSpark training and resources The Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a chance for you to share how you spark change in ...

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Based on various reports from Bloomberg, Recode, and many other news publications, Microsoft’s current executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise group is likely to become CEO of Microsoft. GigaOM’s Om Malik did an interview with Satya few months back and he published it yesterday. It is an very interesting interview in which Om asks questions like, “What does the future of Microsoft productivity apps and Microsoft’s Enterprise business look like, say in 2020?”, “What is your biggest challenge right now from a cloud and enterprise standpoint in the company?” and more. I find the answers from Satya to these questions are great. One of the highlights of the interview was when he was asked about the challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft, read his full response below. What do you think is the big challenge for the incoming CEO of Microsoft? I’d say our current challenge and our ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Ian Ayres is a Yale professor and co-founder of Stickk.com. You may recall he found himself in a bit of a controversy in 2007 after it was found that he had plagiarized some passages in book he had published.  He has published a paper challenging the claims of the “Bing It On” challenge, where Bing claims that most people prefer Bing 2:1.  The Bing team published a rather vicious post, rebuking Ayres’ claims: Ian Ayres posted an article on Freakonomics yesterday challenging the claims that have been used on the Bing It On website. A couple of notes are important before I talk about Ayres’ claims. There are two separate claims that have been used with the Bing It On challenge. The first is “People chose Bing web search results over Google nearly 2:1 in blind comparison tests”. We blogged about the method here and it was used back in 2012. ...

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