If you want to get inside the head of a researcher who works on fast, scalable storage systems for datacenters, check out James Mickens’ essay, “The Slow Winter.” Mickens, a researcher in the Distributed Systems group at Microsoft’s Redmond lab, riffs on a variety of topics that don’t seem to have much to do with each other, but he makes connections between air travel’s heyday, the hard working (and harder partying) glory days of being a hardware architect and touring with Aerosmith.
In fact the update includes over 150 improvements, including server-side search (so you can search through all of your email, even if the messages aren’t on your phone), the ability to download all your mail (no matter how old), support for all your aliases, the ability to choose from 11 colors to personalize your mail app the way you like it, and more.
With the free Fresh Paint app for Windows and Windows Phone, it’s easy to create vivid digital paintings that that look like masterpieces – even if you don’t have traditional artistic skills. Now, thanks to a new update, you can also put those masterpieces created in Windows 8.1 on high-quality, ready-to-hang canvas prints from CanvasPop.
Bing recently challenged photographers across the U.S. to capture the beauty of their hometowns in a single shot for their Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. You can see the winning photo, a stunning shot of Niagara Falls by Prasad Karkera, above and also on today’s Bing homepage.
In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon takes you to a permanent video art installation at the Seattle Art Museum. Powered by Windows Server, it gives onlookers a constantly changing reflection of the city around them through pre-recorded video scenes of the urban landscape.
Tired of trolling blogs in order to build and follow conversations around cloud computing? Good news: The @WindowsAzure team just created #AzureChat Twitter chat – an always-on place to learn about cloud computing, get best practices on developing for the cloud, and share your own tips and tricks with fellow devs.
More and more developers are discovering that publishing on the Windows Phone platform is an easy way to expand their market – and a fast-growing market at that. A group of PhoneGap developers recently learned this firsthand when they accepted the challenge to take their existing apps (already published on other platforms) and port them to Windows Phone 8.
In a paper published Monday, Microsoft Research’s Nancy Baym focuses on musicians and the “big difference between massive amounts of data being available, thanks to new media, and being well-equipped to manage and interpret data. It’s important because, these days, people are putting a lot of faith in big data, often harvested from social media, as a purveyor of truth.”