Before we turn the page and say hello to 2011, the editorial team at Microsoft News Center shares a look back at some of the interesting stories they presented this past year. You may also want to see their Top News of 2010 collection.
Jan. 6 – Article and video: Project Natal (now Kinect for Xbox 360) and other natural user interface products are helping usher in a new generation of human-computer interaction.
Jan. 18 – Article: Using Microsoft software and Microsoft Surface hardware units, visitors to the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas experience a vast collection of memorabilia from John Lennon, Michael Jackson and other rock ‘n’ roll legends.
March 2 – Article and video: Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie shares his vision of how technologies are converging to transform how humans and computers work together.
April 18 – Article and video: Updates via blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are helping people find the most useful tools and techniques for saving energy in their homes.
July 29 – Video: Microsoft’s Ryan Asdourian takes you through a showcase featuring Windows Phone 7, Bing, Windows Live, Kinect for Xbox 360, WorldWide Telescope and various types and sizes of Windows 7 PCs.
Aug. 2 – Article: Windows Azure is helping enterprise companies boost profits and maximize business value by pushing their computing infrastructure onto the cloud.
Oct. 12 – Article: Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, work with Microsoft Research to analyze vast amounts of data without supercomputers.
May 20 – Article and video: Microsoft Research plays design role in sensor-network project on Brazil’s Atlantic Coast that will help scientists understand rainforest climate.
March 8 – Article and video: Microsoft launches the Elevate America’s Veterans Initiative to provide technology skills and other resources to veterans and their spouses.
Jan. 18 – Article: Microsoft employees contribute to a worldwide relief effort, both at the scene and remotely through technology assistance and cash donations.
March 10 – Article and slideshow: Microsoft, the City of New York, and Selfhelp Community Services use technology to create an interactive experience between homebound seniors and local senior centers.
May 4 – Article and slideshow: Microsoft DigiGirlz camps and day programs bring business and technology skills to students worldwide.
April 20 – Article: A group of students from Wayne State University in Detroit wants to use mobile phones to help stop the planet’s No. 1 killer—cardiovascular disease. The team is one of many competing in the U.S. Imagine Cup finals.
Oct. 21 – Article: Accessible technology, designed to help people with disabilities, enables aging workers and others to personalize and improve their computing experience.
March 9 – Article and video: Chuck Thacker, pioneer in computer science and a technical fellow with Microsoft Research, has been named winner of the 2009 A.M. Turing Award, the most prestigious honor in computing.
Dec. 17 – Article: An encounter with 35 young girls in Kenya prompted Margo Day to start a secondary school there. The school will also be a refuge for girls who fled their homes to avoid the traditional practice of female genital mutilation.
June 18 – Article and video: Donald Farmer, a business intelligence program manager, shows how people can use the new PowerPivot feature to produce uncommon results from common programs like Excel.
July 15 – Article: Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph, a self-proclaimed gadget geek who is becoming better known as “Ben the PC Guy” on the Web and on television, wants to help match people with their dream machine.