David Rappaport, a University of Colorado came up with the idea of sending a balloon to the edge of space during his internship with Microsoft Surface which he started a few months ago. Now, more than 20 of his fellow interns would stick with the project. Public can participate the balloon launch by helping to control the camera that is attached to the balloon’s payload. “I just thought it would be cool to have a fun side project to work on after hours,” he says, and came up with one that involves various Microsoft technologies – including Surface, Microsoft Azure, Internet Explorer and Bing apps – to create an interactive experience. Little did he realize when he first formed the idea that he’d hear from . The balloon will launch at noon PT on Saturday, Aug. 9, from a remote area in Washington state. The balloon’s camera will live stream ...

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Today Microsoft has open sourced the code of the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS).  It is being released under the Apache 2.0 license as an Open Source project by Microsoft Open Technologies (MS Open Tech). The source code is available now on GitHub where developers provide feedback, and submit contributions. Additionally, WinJS is taking its first steps to becoming cross-platform by supporting browsers and other devices. For those unfamiliar with WinJS here is some background from Microsoft program manager Maria Kang: WinJS is a JavaScript library that was first created for Windows 8 to enable first class, native-quality experiences in Windows Runtime apps using familiar web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The first version of WinJS provided high-quality infrastructure including page controls, promises, and data-binding. It also offered polished UI capabilities like virtualized collections and high performance controls such as ListView, FlipView, and semantic zoom. WinJS 2.0 was introduced with Windows 8.1 and added new UX patterns like ...

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While there are many positives and negatives one can list out for the announced Microsoft-Nokia deal, I have only one concern. The marketing team at Microsoft is completely different from the marketing team at Nokia. You can just tell the difference by observing them from the recent campaigns. Nokia’s marketing is always bold, straight-forward and nowadays takes on its competition directly and in-directly through various forms of marketing activities. It worked most of the time for Nokia and I fear Microsoft could change this. In his letter to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft is planning to integrate global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible. I don’t think Microsoft’s unified marketing strategy will work the way they expect. Marketing ...

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