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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 »

The Demons of Doom: Then and Now

Doom

The original Doom blasted onto the scene in 1994, in an era where 3D gaming was in its infancy and almost no one had dedicated graphics cards in their PCs. Nevertheless, the designers at id Software squeezed terror and menace out of every single pixel. Now, with the launch of … Read more »

Microsoft launches independent gaming festival

Man using Xbox controller and laptop to play games ID@Xbox

We’re very proud of the progress that we’ve made with the ID@Xbox program, which enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live. Today, to celebrate the amazing success and bright future of ID@Xbox, we’re … Read more »

60 seconds with Hugh Milward

woman standing in park using surface tablet

Hugh Milward has been appointed Senior Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft, overseeing the company’s legal and corporate affairs activities in the UK. The News Centre sat down with Hugh to find out more about his role, the challenges he will face and what he hopes to … Read more »

Want more women in tech? Companies need to relate to us, girls say

Women laughing with Surface tablet in park

Technology companies must relate to girls better if they want to increase the number of women choosing a career in the sector, according to new research. Seven to 14-year-old girls are very comfortable using technology such as mobile phones and tablets but are put off considering future employment in the … Read more »

Rolls-Royce agrees deal with Microsoft

Rolls-Royce engine

Microsoft has agreed a deal with Rolls-Royce to improve the British manufacturer’s engines and fuel efficiency and cut flight disruptions, it has been announced. Rolls, whose engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world every month, will use Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to analyse data … Read more »

Three UK non-profits receive Microsoft computer science grant

People using Surface laptops

Microsoft has given large grants to organisations in the UK in a bid to boost youngsters’ computer skills. The money, which forms part of Microsoft’s $75m commitment to increase access to computer science education across the world through Microsoft YouthSpark, will be handed to  The Royal Society, UK Youth and … Read more »

Become part of a world of creativity with MØxSurface

Danish singer Mo working on Microsoft Surface laptop

Singer MØ has launched a global campaign with Microsoft Surface to showcase the creativity of her fans. The Danish star – best known for her collaboration with Major Lazer on the most streamed song on Spotify, “Lean on” – has asked her followers to share their thoughts and artwork online … Read more »

Intelligent Cloud lifts villages from water poverty

Cloud computing is helping villages in Africa

Jacob Katuva used to get up at dawn to cycle 12 miles from his village to collect water with his uncles and cousins when he was growing up in Kenya. Now he is part of a research team at the University of Oxford using cloud computing and mobile sensors to … Read more »

Quantum Break: the biggest selling standalone Xbox One title

Quantum Break

Quantum Break, the latest blockbuster game from Microsoft Studios, has become the company’s biggest selling standalone title on the Xbox One. Quantum Break, the first Microsoft-published game to top the UK charts since Halo 5: Guardians in November last year, beat offroad racing title DiRT Rally to the number one … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

Microsoft Lumia phone with apps

Spring has now sprung, so this month we’re bringing you the freshest apps for your Windows Phone. From a brand new version of edjing, the world’s number one DJ app that transforms your device into a real DJ vinyl turntable, to the latest games that will keep you occupied during … Read more »

Football Crazy, Match Stat Mad

Football statistics

With Bing predicting a win for Tottenham against Arsenal in this weekend’s North London derby*, we’ve taken a closer look at football fans’ love for facts and figures to see just how far we’ll go to stay on top of the latest soccer stats. We’ve all got that one friend … Read more »