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UEFA Euro 2016: Gareth Bale is most searched-for player

Bing predicts EURO

Gareth Bale is the most searched-for footballer at Euro 2016, according to Bing. The Welsh midfielder, who is the tournament’s joint top scorer so far with three goals, beat Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and England’s Jamie Vardy to the top spot. The findings, which cover millions of online searches in the … Read more »

Euro 2016: England ‘will get knocked out earlier than expected’

Bing UEFA Euro 2016, England, Wales

England will be knocked out of the European Championships in the quarter-finals, according to Bing, one round earlier than previously predicted. Roy Hodgson’s team, who finished second in group B behind British rivals Wales, will beat Iceland in the next round, before losing to hosts France in the last eight, Microsoft‘s … Read more »

Game inspired by Pratchett’s Discworld could net UK students $50,000

Sapient - Imagine Cup

A computer game inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld could win four students in the UK $50,000 (£34,000) and a mentoring session with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. Riccardo DeLuca, Michael Harty, Thomas Mahoney and Ciaran Harty will compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals next month in Seattle after winning the UK … Read more »

If you’re reading this, you should thank Alan Turing

Alan Turing

If you’ve ever used a computer, asked your smartphone a question, or even spent time with your nan or granddad, you owe a debt of gratitude to Alan Turing. You may be familiar with the name, or may have heard of the Turing test of artificial intelligence, but surprisingly few … Read more »

MØ fanzine created by her fans is released at Glastonbury

MO fanzine art

A fanzine created by pop singer MØ from works of art sent to her by fans will be available at Glastonbury Festival this weekend. The Danish star teamed up with Microsoft Surface and OneNote to encourage her followers from across the world to upload photos, paintings and poems to her … Read more »

England will be knocked out of Euros in semi-final, predicts Bing

Bing Predictions Euros 2016a

England will reach the semi-finals of this summer’s European Championships but will then be knocked out by Spain, according to Bing. Roy Hodgson’s team will top Group B with seven points following their matches against Wales, Russia and Slovakia, Microsoft’s search engine has predicted. England will beat Russia on June … Read more »

Pride 2016: changing what it means to be LGBT

Microsoft at Pride

On June 25, Microsoft will join 250 other companies to celebrate the 44th annual Pride in London festival. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event first started as a parade in 1972 to take a stance against discrimination and violence towards people who were LGBT and to mark the … Read more »

Pride 2016: Microsoft’s biggest ever turnout

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Microsoft revealed its biggest ever turnout at this year’s Pride Festival in London at the weekend. Almost 300 groups from across the country took part in the parade on June 25, and hundreds of Microsoft staff joined them. Under the motto of “be yourself with a smile”, GLEAM – Microsoft’s … Read more »

Five reasons why you need the Xbox One S in your life

Xbox One S

Microsoft has used this year’s E3 video games conference to unveil its latest console, the Xbox One S. The new device is smaller, sleeker, will make your games and videos look better, comes with a new controller and it’s white. Here’s why you need one when it’s released in August: Size The … Read more »

Xbox E3 2016 Briefing: Live

E3 2016 kicks off this week, with all of the biggest game developers and publishers converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center to reveal the latest games. Xbox will start coverage of the three-day event at 5:30pm (UK time) with the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, which you can watch live, here: … Read more »

This man built a robot to play Connect 4 with him

BBC micro:bit

You know that feeling when you absolutely have to play Connect 4? Wait, is that just me? Surely I’m not the only one who has felt that pang of pain when you realise you can’t play one of the best board games of all time on your own? Paul Foster … Read more »

A new Minecraft could help your child do better at school

Minecraft: Education Edition for teachers in classrooms with students

Using Minecraft to teach children is set to become easier after Microsoft released a new version of the block-building computer game. Minecraft: Education Edition can be downloaded by teachers across the world and used free of charge this summer. The latest version of the game has been developed based on feedback … Read more »

Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

Catapult satellite kit with bbc micro:bit

A new experiment is set to be launched that could lead to the general public creating their own satellites. The project will see people from across the country capture information about the world around them such as location and mapping services, weather forecasting and measuring plant and crop health. This will then … Read more »

Love the sharing economy? You’re probably over 65

Bing

If we asked you to think of people who use the sharing economy, who would you suggest? Young, 20-somethings staying in a trendy Copenhagen flat, perhaps? Whoever you’ve just thought of, we can bet it’s probably not a British silver surfer, or, more specifically, those over the age of 65. … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

Microsoft Lumia phones

June marks the start of festival season, and as some of the world’s biggest acts head to Britain to entertain the crowds, we’ve rounded up some of the best apps for your Windows Phone to help you party all day. Must-have apps include Shazam, which allows you to instantly identify … Read more »

How one square mile of the UK has become a hub of creativity

WIndows, phone, tablet, surface

By Lee Schuneman With a rich history in arts, music, film, advertising, television and fashion, Soho has long established its reputation as the centre of creativity in London – and arguably the world. Now predominantly made up of media and technology offices, production and editing studios, Soho is still a … Read more »

BBC micro:bit: pocket-sized codeable computer available to all

BBC micro:bit

A mini-computer that UK schoolchildren have turned into watches, stepometers and musical instruments has now been released for general sale across the country. The BBC micro:bit, which has been handed to 800,000 youngsters across the UK free of charge, can now be bought online. It is hoped the fully programmable … Read more »

Computational thinking, 10 years later

Computer Science

By Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research “Not in my lifetime.” That’s what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in schools in the United States. It was 2009, and I was addressing a gathering of attendees to a workshop on … Read more »

UK start-up handed grant to boost free internet

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UK start up Movivo is one of 12 entrepreneurial businesses to be awarded a Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grant.  The grants will help these businesses scale their services and business models to increase affordable Internet access for the 4.2 billion unconnected people in the world. Each company will receive seed … Read more »

Xbox releases nearly one million Gamertags

Xbox gamertag

Xbox is to release a nearly one million previously unavailable Gamertags to online players this week. The tags, which are aliases that gamers use online, are from the original Xbox era, but these accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result have been inactive for some time. Specific Gamertags … Read more »