Microsoft Dynamics Sponsors Lotus F1 Team at 2013 Grand Prix

Microsoft Dynamics sponsors Lotus F1 team. USPTO grants 17 patents for Surface, Windows Phone 8. Xbox 360 #1 selling console in U.S. in Feb. CU-RTC-Web HTML5Labs prototype enable roaming between cellular, Wi-Fi.

Microsoft Dynamics sponsors Lotus F1 Team at the 2013 F1 Melbourne Grand Prix--with a gold sticker on the side of the car as well as on the front right side of the team members tea-shirts.

With over 2 billion annual viewers, F1 sponsorships remains extremely lucrative for Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft had first signed their business and branding sponsorship with Lotus F1 last year. After a successful racing season with 1 victory, 11 podium finishes and 3 fastest laps, the two announced they have doubled their contract from two to four years until 2016.

Microsoft Dynamics sponsors Lotus F1 team at 2013 Formula One Grand Prix

As part of this sponsorship, Microsoft is providing Lotus licenses, training and implementation of it's Dynamics enterprise resource planning platform so the global and diverse team of 550 staff can run like a well-oiled machine.

A Lotus F1 team member wearing Microsoft Dynamics sponsored tea-shirt at Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne

In other Microsoft news today, USPTO has granted approval on seventeen patents to Microsoft that include a design patents for the Surface tablet, along with various design elements from the Windows Phone 8 operating system interface.

"Microsoft was granted twelve Surface related design patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, while eleven of those patents dealt with various interface elements.

USPTO also granted four design patents for various Windows Phone 8 interface elements."

Xbox 36 sold 302k units in the U.S. in February 2013

According to latest NPD data Xbox 360 sold 302,000 units in February, marking its 26th consecutive month as the number-one selling console in the U.S.

Highlights from NPD Feb:

  • "Holding 41 percent share of current-generation console sales, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) was the most for any console in the U.S.
  • Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: "Crysis 3," "Aliens: Colonial Marines," "Dead Space 3," "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "NBA 2K13"," informs microsoft.

Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., publishing an updated prototype implementation of CU-RTC-Web on HTML5Labs that demonstrates another important scenario - roaming between two different connections (e.g. Wi-Fi and 3G, or Wi-Fi and Ethernet) - with negligible impact on the user experience.

"The simple, flexible, expressive APIs underlying the CU-RTC-Web architecture allowed us to implement this important scenario just by building the appropriate JavaScript code and without introducing any changes in the spec, because CU-RTC-Web is a lower level API than the current proposed WebRTC API draft," explained MS Open Tech.

The prototype can be downloaded from HTML5Labs.

Microsoft latest office suite Office 2013 comes with built-in Microsoft Translator providing an easy way to translate words and phrases righ in side the Word, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel and Visio--all "under the Review tab."

"Simply highlighting the text you'd like to translate, and clicking on Translate and Translate Selected Text. Then voila!, the translation will display in the Research pane to the right of your screen, including an option to Insert or Copy the text directly into your document," the office team explained.

Native Microsoft Translator in Office 2013