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NFL hero Steve Gleason battles ALS with cutting-edge tech and the power of human spirit

Spokane’s 3rd annual Gleason Fest was billed as a “grassroots, indie music festival,” but everyone there knew something more profound was afoot.

As I watched the sun set over the outdoor stage at Division and Main Street, Lukas Nelson (yes, Willy’s son) played to the crowd like a man possessed. He sweated out every note of his new songs and blues-tinged renditions of Paul Simon and Tom Petty classics.

Steve Gleason – the Spokane-born NFL cult hero and festival namesake – sat onstage in his wheelchair, a few feet to Nelson’s left. The mayor of Spokane, childhood friends and close family members flanked Gleason at different points during the set.

His young nephew, Finn, wore nothing more than shorts, an oversized fedora and a Team Gleason sweatband as he danced frenetically beside the bassist.

“It’s all about camaraderie. It’s about friends and family and music,” said Gleason.

I saw numerous parents introduce their toddlers to each other. I saw people who have been friends for over 30 years toast with Gleason-themed beer cans. I saw former Division I football players cry.

It is obvious that people are moved by how Gleason has faced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s), the disease that has robbed him of his ability to speak, move so much as a finger or breathe without a respirator.

But I came to understand that the driving inspiration behind Gleason Fest and the greater legend surrounding Steve Gleason is, in fact, how he has faced life.

Time and again, Gleason has channeled his passion for life to exceed expectations – not just expectations for himself, but raising up whole communities around him.

“Steve’s a natural uniter,” said Clare Durrett, associate executive director of the Team Gleason foundation. “He has very high standards for himself and an incredible energy that creates passion in others. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Now, some three years since his ALS diagnosis, Gleason continues to beat the odds and galvanize people to action. Among other lofty goals, he and Team Gleason are collaborating with the tech industry to create new technologies, like a wheelchair that can be controlled with your eyes, to improve the lives of those suffering from neuromuscular diseases or other injuries.

“I realized pretty quickly after my diagnosis that technology would have to become an extension of myself,” Gleason explained using eye-gaze technology to input sentences into his Surface Pro 3 tablet. “As I’ve often said, until there is a medical cure for ALS, technology will be that cure.”

Gleason’s wife Michel added, “Steve’s never sold on status quo. He challenged life before ALS, and he continues to love and experience life. He has challenged the tech world, the world of research, and who knows what he’ll challenge next.”

Read the full profile at microsoft.com/stories.

Weekend Reading: Aug. 8th Edition — Surface Pro 3 to launch in 25 more countries and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online adds new markets

Summer slowdown? Not really. We learned that Surface Pro 3 is heading to 25 more countries soon, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is adding new markets and Peggy Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development. So, let’s jump in:

Surface Pro 3, already in the U.S., Japan and Canada, will be available in 25 more countries starting Aug. 28: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. All versions of the device, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models, will be available from Microsoftstore.com, Surface retail partners and Authorized Surface Resellers.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online went live in 17 additional markets, bringing the total number of global markets it is available in to more than 50. Those 17 new markets are: Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. “Together with Microsoft Azure and Office 365, CRM Online is a critical part of the Microsoft Cloud for Business that delivers experiences that users love and businesses can count on,” wrote Bob Stutz, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in a blog post.

Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development, reporting to Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella. Johnson joins Microsoft from Qualcomm, where she most recently served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and was president of global market development. In that role, she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. She has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.

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Some NFL players won’t just have a football in their hands this season — they’ll also be grabbing a Surface and using Microsoft’s Sideline Viewing System App to make it easier and faster for them and for their coaches to see pre- and post-snap photos. They’ll be able to review what went well and what didn’t in previous possessions, as well as strategize ways to attack the opposing side. It’s all part of Microsoft’s groundbreaking partnership with the NFL. Surface, NFL, Sideline Viewing System App

Never give up. Ever. That philosophy lives big for Mario Bonfante Jr., whose story we learned about this week. Bonfante, who started racing when he was a young teen, was in an accident that resulted in his becoming a quadriplegic. Because of his passion for racing, his competitive nature and some determined engineering, Bonfante, now 24, is back in the racing game. He also looks to “Forza Motorsport” to hone his driving skills.

In the app world, PBS KIDS Video could be your new best friend, especially if you’re planning any late summer road trips, or even for the day-to-day drive to and from school. The app, available for Windows and Windows Phone, has 1,000-plus videos from more than a dozen shows, including “Curious George,” “Dinosaur Train” and “Sesame Street.” Want to go wild with your selfies? You can touch them up with one of the most popular apps for doing so, Facetune, now available for Windows Phone. Then, when you’re done taking them, you can use Wal-Mart’s PhotoMart app to order up prints, ready in one hour or less. The app is exclusive to Windows Phone. Check out the NFL Preseason Live Windows app. With it, you can watch every game in high definition live or on demand. For Xbox One, STARZ Play is now available for your binge-watching pleasure, delivering hit movies and original series, free with your STARZ subscription. And, if you missed the recent premiere of the “awesomely bad” “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” you can still catch up with the Syfy Now app for Xbox One. PBS KIDS Video app, Windows Phone

This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we prepped for back to school by awarding an HP ENVY TouchSmart Notebook to the second winner of our #8WordEssay contest! Join us on our page for the next chance at a prize.

Microsoft Facebook page From Snaps this week, National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez captured his epic journey to Mount Everest using the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930.

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Photo credit: Stephen Alvarez

Okay, now you can rest – we hope – this weekend. Hope it’s a great one for you, and we’ll see you back here next week.

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Surface Pro 3 will be available in 25 more markets starting Aug. 28

Surface Pro 3, which has gotten a great reception in the U.S., Japan and Canada, is on its way to 25 more markets starting Aug. 28.

Customers will be able get Surface Pro 3 featuring 4th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models from Microsoftstore.com, Surface retail partners, and Authorized Surface Resellers beginning on that date.

The Surface Pro 3 will be available in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

To learn more, head over to the Surface Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox.

At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft shared how teachers are using Office Mix and OneNote. Since the customer preview for Office Mix became available in May, teachers have been using the tool in unexpected ways that are influencing how Microsoft will continue to evolve it. For Cary Academy in North Carolina, OneNote helps bridge devices with students’ learning objectives. Microsoft’s partners also unveiled transformational tools that support 21st-century learning: the AssistX TestPolicy app and the Sebit Global Education Cloud, VCloud.

The Selinsgrove Area School District in rural Pennsylvania, and St. Thomas School, a K-8 school in Washington state, are on opposite coasts, but they share one thing: They’re using Surface. In the past year, teachers and students in 30 markets around the world have adopted Surface, including the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, Tuckahoe Common School District, St. Andrews Anglican College, St. Patrick’s College, Williston Northampton School, Twickenham Academy and CDI College.

A profile on Julia White, general manager of product marketing for Office, shows how she embraces change and fights to move both technology and business to its future state – and how a leather jacket has become her signature accessory. At the San Francisco launch event for Office for iPad, she was Satya Nadella’s co-presenter at his first appearance as the CEO of Microsoft in the Bay Area tech industry and media epicenter.

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Following a life-changing injury, Tyler Schrenk uses the Surface Pro with speech recognition software and an Xbox One to help him connect.The quick connections many take for granted – email, online news websites, Facebook and other social media – slowed dramatically for Schrenk because it was hard to adapt technology to his new circumstances. Now, he’s able to check his email, follow his favorite sports teams, read the newspaper and look at the weather. He’s also enrolled in computer science classes at a local community college and hopes one day to find employment in programming.

With the acquisition of SyntaxTree, creators of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio, Microsoft has the opportunity to integrate support for Unity even more deeply into Visual Studio.UnityVS enables Unity developers to take advantage of the productivity of Visual Studio to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications. Already, dozens of the biggest names in game development rely on Visual Studio and the UnityVS plugin.

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We saw the U.S. debut of the Lumia 635 and a bonanza of Windows Phone and Windows apps, many of them new or on sale. The Lumia 635, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Cortana personal digital assistant, will be available at both T-Mobile and MetroPCS beginning in July. When you get that phone, install the App of the Week, Adobe Photoshop Express. The Staff App Pick, the Good.Co app for Windows, helps you find out if you’re a good fit for that dream job. The latest Red Stripe Deals sale sparkles with games like “Bejeweled LIVE.” The Indie Game Spotlight Collection collects some monthly standouts from a growing community of independent developers, and the Windows Phone Blog focuses on 10 of those. The Conversations blog also weighed in on their top 10 favorite Windows Phone games for June. New titles from Gameloft also give you more choices for play. You can also find a round-up of apps that help you bring your favorite TV shows on-the-go.

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In this week’s installment of Snaps, Microsoft Stories’ digital photo album, the team wishes you a very sweet Fourth of July with this tasty take on the Microsoft logo, spotted backstage at a recent press event.

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This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we introduced you to Julian Mayor, who mixed Victorian furniture with Xbox control. Read his story, and tell us what you’ve created using #ICreatedThis.

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Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday! See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox.

At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft shared how teachers are using Office Mix and OneNote. Since the customer preview for Office Mix became available in May, teachers have been using the tool in unexpected ways that are influencing how Microsoft will continue to evolve it. For Cary Academy in North Carolina, OneNote helps bridge devices with students’ learning objectives. Microsoft’s partners also unveiled transformational tools that support 21st-century learning: the AssistX TestPolicy app and the Sebit Global Education Cloud, VCloud.

The Selinsgrove Area School District in rural Pennsylvania, and St. Thomas School, a K-8 school in Washington state, are on opposite coasts, but they share one thing: They’re using Surface. In the past year, teachers and students in 30 markets around the world have adopted Surface, including the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, Tuckahoe Common School District, St. Andrews Anglican College, St. Patrick’s College, Williston Northampton School, Twickenham Academy and CDI College.

A profile on Julia White, general manager of product marketing for Office, shows how she embraces change and fights to move both technology and business to its future state – and how a leather jacket has become her signature accessory. At the San Francisco launch event for Office for iPad, she was Satya Nadella’s co-presenter at his first appearance as the CEO of Microsoft in the Bay Area tech industry and media epicenter.

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Following a life-changing injury, Tyler Schrenk uses the Surface Pro with speech recognition software and an Xbox One to help him connect.The quick connections many take for granted – email, online news websites, Facebook and other social media – slowed dramatically for Schrenk because it was hard to adapt technology to his new circumstances. Now, he’s able to check his email, follow his favorite sports teams, read the newspaper and look at the weather. He’s also enrolled in computer science classes at a local community college and hopes one day to find employment in programming.

With the acquisition of SyntaxTree, creators of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio, Microsoft has the opportunity to integrate support for Unity even more deeply into Visual Studio.UnityVS enables Unity developers to take advantage of the productivity of Visual Studio to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications. Already, dozens of the biggest names in game development rely on Visual Studio and the UnityVS plugin.

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We saw the U.S. debut of the Lumia 635 and a bonanza of Windows Phone and Windows apps, many of them new or on sale. The Lumia 635, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Cortana personal digital assistant, will be available at both T-Mobile and MetroPCS beginning in July. When you get that phone, install the App of the Week, Adobe Photoshop Express. The Staff App Pick, the Good.Co app for Windows, helps you find out if you’re a good fit for that dream job. The latest Red Stripe Deals sale sparkles with games like “Bejeweled LIVE.” The Indie Game Spotlight Collection collects some monthly standouts from a growing community of independent developers, and the Windows Phone Blog focuses on 10 of those. The Conversations blog also weighed in on their top 10 favorite Windows Phone games for June. New titles from Gameloft also give you more choices for play. You can also find a round-up of apps that help you bring your favorite TV shows on-the-go.

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In this week’s installment of Snaps, Microsoft Stories’ digital photo album, the team wishes you a very sweet Fourth of July with this tasty take on the Microsoft logo, spotted backstage at a recent press event.

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This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we introduced you to Julian Mayor, who mixed Victorian furniture with Xbox control. Read his story, and tell us what you’ve created using #ICreatedThis.

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Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday! See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox.

At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft shared how teachers are using Office Mix and OneNote. Since the customer preview for Office Mix became available in May, teachers have been using the tool in unexpected ways that are influencing how Microsoft will continue to evolve it. For Cary Academy in North Carolina, OneNote helps bridge devices with students’ learning objectives. Microsoft’s partners also unveiled transformational tools that support 21st-century learning: the AssistX TestPolicy app and the Sebit Global Education Cloud, VCloud.

The Selinsgrove Area School District in rural Pennsylvania, and St. Thomas School, a K-8 school in Washington state, are on opposite coasts, but they share one thing: They’re using Surface. In the past year, teachers and students in 30 markets around the world have adopted Surface, including the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, Tuckahoe Common School District, St. Andrews Anglican College, St. Patrick’s College, Williston Northampton School, Twickenham Academy and CDI College.

A profile on Julia White, general manager of product marketing for Office, shows how she embraces change and fights to move both technology and business to its future state – and how a leather jacket has become her signature accessory. At the San Francisco launch event for Office for iPad, she was Satya Nadella’s co-presenter at his first appearance as the CEO of Microsoft in the Bay Area tech industry and media epicenter.

WR_Julia White

Following a life-changing injury, Tyler Schrenk uses the Surface Pro with speech recognition software and an Xbox One to help him connect.The quick connections many take for granted – email, online news websites, Facebook and other social media – slowed dramatically for Schrenk because it was hard to adapt technology to his new circumstances. Now, he’s able to check his email, follow his favorite sports teams, read the newspaper and look at the weather. He’s also enrolled in computer science classes at a local community college and hopes one day to find employment in programming.

With the acquisition of SyntaxTree, creators of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio, Microsoft has the opportunity to integrate support for Unity even more deeply into Visual Studio.UnityVS enables Unity developers to take advantage of the productivity of Visual Studio to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications. Already, dozens of the biggest names in game development rely on Visual Studio and the UnityVS plugin.

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We saw the U.S. debut of the Lumia 635 and a bonanza of Windows Phone and Windows apps, many of them new or on sale. The Lumia 635, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Cortana personal digital assistant, will be available at both T-Mobile and MetroPCS beginning in July. When you get that phone, install the App of the Week, Adobe Photoshop Express. The Staff App Pick, the Good.Co app for Windows, helps you find out if you’re a good fit for that dream job. The latest Red Stripe Deals sale sparkles with games like “Bejeweled LIVE.” The Indie Game Spotlight Collection collects some monthly standouts from a growing community of independent developers, and the Windows Phone Blog focuses on 10 of those. The Conversations blog also weighed in on their top 10 favorite Windows Phone games for June. New titles from Gameloft also give you more choices for play. You can also find a round-up of apps that help you bring your favorite TV shows on-the-go.

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In this week’s installment of Snaps, Microsoft Stories’ digital photo album, the team wishes you a very sweet Fourth of July with this tasty take on the Microsoft logo, spotted backstage at a recent press event.

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This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we introduced you to Julian Mayor, who mixed Victorian furniture with Xbox control. Read his story, and tell us what you’ve created using #ICreatedThis.

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Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday! See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Spell e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n: Each spelling bee participant receives new Surface, Office 365 and Skype gift card

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Yan Zhong, Skype program manager at Microsoft, far left, when she competed in the national spelling bee during her middle school years.

Each of the 281 participants in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee got an extra boost from Microsoft Tuesday night to help them with their education, and to make sure the bonds they create with other competitors around the world can continue.

The spellers, who range in age from 8 to 15, each received a brand new Surface device and Office 365. They also got a Skype gift card that can be used with the Skype app on their new Surface devices. “That way, everyone will be able to maintain the new friendships they’ve formed, no matter where their friends are located around the globe,” writes Yan Zhong, Skype program manager at Microsoft. Zhong was a spelling bee competitor in the late 1990s, when she was in middle school.

Microsoft is sponsoring the event as the first-ever technology champion. To read more, head over to the Microsoft in Education blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff