31 days of learning–Learn & Win, for Swiss Techies


Get a head start on Microsoft technology know-how with Microsoft’s free online learning platforms.

In March 2016 you will have a chance to win daily prizes: just watch selected top online trainings for developers, IT and database professionals and students and you might be a winner!

Every day, we are raffling off one Microsoft Office 365 Home Edition and one of the following prizes: Microsoft Surface 3 Tablets, Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft Azure backpacks, Microsoft Arc mice, Microsoft universal foldable keyboards and various Xbox One games.

Visit our “31 Days of Learning” page on http://aka.ms/learnandwin.

Surface Pro kommt in die Schweiz

Wallisellen, 16. Mai 2013 – Microsoft startet am 30. Mai mit dem Verkauf von Surface Pro in der Schweiz. Surface Pro mit Windows 8 ist ein vollwertiger Laptop, der die Leistung von einem PC mit dem Komfort eines Tablets kombiniert. In der Schweiz ist Surface Pro mit 64 GB oder 128 GB bei ausgewählten Fachhändlern oder im Microsoft Store erhältlich.

Surface Pro mit Windows 8 unterstützt alle Office- und Windows-Programme, Apps und Games und kann so für alle Arbeits- und Unterhaltungsbereiche eingesetzt werden.

Unverbindliche Preisempfehlung (UVP) für die in der Schweiz erhältlichen Modelle:

64 GB Surface Pro: CHF 959.-

128 GB Surface Pro: CHF 1‘059.-

via Microsoft Mediacorner – Press Release.

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership to Advance World-Class Digital Reading Experiences for Consumers

New York, NY and Redmond, WA(April 30, 2012) – Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. The partnership will accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content.

The new subsidiary, referred to in this release as Newco, will bring together the digital and College businesses of Barnes & Noble. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Newco at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion in exchange for an approximately 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own approximately 82.4% of the new subsidiary, which will have an ongoing relationship with the company’s retail stores. Barnes & Noble has not yet decided on the name of Newco.

One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore by providing one of the world’s largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the U.S. and internationally.

via Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership to Advance World-Class Digital Reading Experiences for Consumers.

I have moved from posterous to wordpress…

Today, I have moved my blog from posterous to wordpress. I have really enjoyed using posterous and I am thankful to the posterous team for their service.

The blog on wordpress is not fully setup yet, however, I have at least imported all my previous posterous posts.

I hope that you will enjoy the new design, which will be finalized in the next days/weeks.


Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate for Windows 7 available for download #IE9RC

Windows Internet Explorer 9
delivers web sites and applications that look and perform like native PC
applications through the power of Windows.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 9 is all-around fast. Designed to take full
    advantage of your PC’s hardware through Windows, Internet Explorer 9 delivers
    graphically rich and immersive experiences that are as fast and responsive as
    native applications installed on your PC.
  • Clean: Internet Explorer puts the focus on the Web sites you love
    with a clean look and increased viewing area that makes your Web sites shine.
    Intuitive and seamless integration with Windows 7 provides one-click access to
    Web applications pinned directly to your Taskbar.
  • Trusted: Internet Explorer is the trusted way to the Web because it
    has a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that
    keep you safer and your browsing experience uninterrupted.
  • Interoperable: Support for HTML5 and modern Web standards architected
    to take advantage of the GPU means that the same mark-up not only works across
    the Web, but runs faster and delivers a richer experience through Windows and
    Internet Explorer 9.

#Chromium Blog: HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome (#H264 #html5)

Video Codec Support in Chrome

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The web’s open and community-driven development model is a key factor in its
rapid evolution and ubiquitous adoption. The WebM Project was launched
last year to bring an open, world-class video codec to the web. Since the
launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of an open development model:

  • Rapid performance
    in the video encoder and decoder thanks to contributions from
    dozens of developers across the community

  • Broad adoption by
    browser, tools, and hardware

  • Independent
    (yet compatible) implementations that not only bring additional choice for
    users, publishers, and developers but also foster healthy competition and
  • We expect even more rapid innovation in the web
    media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those
    technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To
    that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5
    support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open
    Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora
    video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open
    codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal
    is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our
    resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

    changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to
    give content publishers and developers using HTML
    an opportunity to make any necessary changes to their sites.

Pretty bold…

Samsung’s Claus is coming to town…Microsoft and Samsung Unveil the Next Generation of Surface: #Samsung #SUR40 for Microsoft Surface (#surface2)

The manufacturer’s suggested price for Samsung SUR40 starts at $7,600 (U.S.. Samsung SUR40 will beavailable later in 2011 in 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland , the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.