Windows 8

Carve Watermelons and Master Butt Ping Pong at Windows Training Camp

Gape in awe at these impressive "Windows 8 Training Camp" videos that dramatize product benefits through the goofiest of competitions. In "Makeup," three women have 10 seconds to apply cosmetics, with results that are hilariously mixed. In "Piano," we are introduced to two men who balance work and play by tickling the ivories while playing pingpong with their buttocks. They’re actually quite talented. And in "Watermelon," three skilled martial artists carve and suggestively finger some watermelons. Microsoft told bloggers the online-only videos were created specifically for Asian markets and were only posted to the global Youtube channel by mistake, but we're not buying it. While I don't speak Korean or Chinese, commenters who are native speakers of both have said on The Verge that the actors in the ads are actually speaking a fake language that's just gibberish, which makes you wonder if the whole odd-Asian vibe and vague backstory for the spots are signs that these were intended to be viral videos from day one. More spots after the jump.

Ad of the Day: Internet Explorer

Hey look, it’s an Internet troll, getting all troll-ish on Microsoft. Because what better target is there for a geeky bully than a bloated legacy tech company with sub-par products. But wait.

Skype to Expand Its Native Ad Platform in 2013

Earlier this year Skype launched the ability for brands to show ads during users’ calls. The idea was that marketers could run these Conversation Ads as conversation starters.

Hammer Time for the CW

All right, stop. Collaborate and listen. The CW is back with a brand new invention. And it’s got Microsoft holding down the beat.

Microsoft Gets 30 Brands to Run Windows 8 In-App Ads

Microsoft may or may not be dropping upwards of $1 billion to promote its latest operating system Windows 8, and now the company’s

Some Publishers Rushing to Microsoft’s Surface Tablet

On Thursday (Oct. 25), Microsoft officially launched two crucial, highly anticipated products: its first-ever computer, the 10.8-inch Surface tablet; and Windows 8, the new operating system on which the Surface will run.

The Long Goodbye?

There was a time not so long ago when Microsoft threw the biggest digital media event of the year. In 2006, at the company’s once-annual but now-defunct Strategic Account Summit, Donny Deutsch recorded his CNBC show The Big Idea live on stage, rapping with a mellow Jay-Z and then with the visionary himself, Bill Gates.

Google and Intel Team Up for Android

Intel has announced a partnership with Google to produce Android-based smartphones and tablets using Intel Atom chips.