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Coding the way to a brighter future in 2018 & beyond

As the world ushers in 2018, there are many reasons to celebrate the new year. For hundreds of thousands of youths who participated in the Hour of Code across Asia, one reason is that they are already starting the year on a bright note. After all, they have been introduced to skills … Read more »

Microsoft launches artificial intelligence research hub in Taiwan

Microsoft is investing 1 billion New Taiwan dollars (USD 33 million) to create an artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) hub in Taiwan, which the government predicts will help transform the island’s tech and industrial sectors. “Taiwan is known as a world-leading manufacturing hub. This gives the island the … Read more »

Fueling digital transformation in Asia

By Sanjay Patel, Director, Technology & Innovation Center, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn. George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) wrote ” You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” ”   A dream or an idea. Innovation starts there and fuels … Read more »

Microsoft breaks new ground … campus cricket, anyone?

By Greg Shaw, Senior Director, Microsoft’s Office of CEO. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn. “If you build it, they will come,” a disembodied voice implores Kevin Costner in the baseball masterpiece, Field of Dreams. The opposite might be said of the cricket grounds Microsoft plans to build as part of its revitalized … Read more »

Welcome to 2018, the year of AI

By Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn. If the history of human advancement has taught us one thing it is this: genuine step-change progress does not occur because of a single technology breakthrough, but a combination of multiple complementary factors coming together at the same time. … Read more »

Four ways to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace

By Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific The global workplace is evolving and women are the next emerging market in the world (Ernst & Young, 2013). The female labor participation rate in Sri Lanka stands at 35.9% (Department of Census and Statistics—Sri Lanka, Q2 2017). Furthermore, Asia … Read more »

Cyber threats in Asia: Keep that door locked

By Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn. Picture this: A family builds a new house and fills it with their most precious possessions and memories. Break-ins around the neighbourhood are on the rise, so they install a state-of-the-art alarm system. It costs a fortune. But it’s … Read more »

What’s big in edtech in Asia?

At the heart of a city in Asia, one student sits in her classroom, taking lesson notes with a laptop. On her way home, she makes final edits to an assignment on her tablet and submits it via her school’s e-learning platform. In the suburbs, another student calls to inform … Read more »