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Microsoft Technology Center in SydneyAUSTRALIA: Sydney Microsoft Technology Centre opens; accelerates digital transformation journeys for Australian enterprise

Australia is now entering its 28th year of economic growth. GDP growth is at 2.8 per cent, unemployment a low 5 per cent. The nation should be proud of its track record and I firmly believe that by accelerating digital transformation… Read more »


Exploring the power and potential of AI to drive progress in AsiaASIA: Exploring the power and potential of AI to drive progress in Asia

New technologies not only offer potential solutions to our most complex and difficult challenges, they can open the way for more people to take part in the digital economy, says Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Asia.

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APAC: Asia Pacific’s future success is dependent on harmonizing our efforts in data privacy

When it comes to data privacy, everybody wants to do the right thing. But the question is, how, writes Sunny Park, Assistant General Counsel and APAC… Read more »



INDIA: Building a trusted AI ecosystem and finding the right balance

New digital technologies come with risks and benefits. And, it is imperative that they are aligned with our society’s moral values and ethical principles, writes Keshav Dhakad, Group Head & Assistant General Counsel – Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA), Microsoft India… Read more »



ASIA: The transformation of the retail experience starts with cybersecurity

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting retail organizations that store and use personal and financial data, writes Raj Raguneethan, Microsoft’s Asia Lead for Retail and Consumer Industries… Read more »



INDIA: Design for disabilities, empower everyone

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we create at Microsoft. So, leaving behind a billion people with disabilities is contrary to our mission of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more, writes Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India… Read more »



HeaderASIA: Hidden risks in pirated software

Too-good-to-be-true software deals can be tempting. But in this age of cybercrime, they usually come with unseen dangers and steep hidden costs for consumers and businesses, writes Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel and Regional Director, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft Asia… Read more »



Wendy JohnstoneAPAC: Inclusive products + inclusive marketing

As global demographics change, it’s no longer a matter of one size fitting all. Marketers need to adapt and become radically more inclusive, writes Wendy Johnstone, General Manager, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Asia Pacific… Read more »



APAC: Protecting the world’s languages for an inclusive future

Some of the world’s oldest languages run the risk of being wiped out. Now there is mounting pressure on technology to be the silver bullet that holds “old and new” together, writes Alberto Granados, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Asia Pacific… Read more »



HONG KONG: The art of Microsoft worldwide datacenter technology

As more industries move to the cloud, sustainability and environmental issues are becoming key factors in their choice of cloud provider, writes Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong… Read more »



ASIA: Cross-border data flows – Powering innovation & economic growth

In Singapore, a student logs into a US-based e-learning platform to join a physics lecture delivered by a leading academic; in Malaysia, an engineer accesses a cloud-based dashboard with real-time analytics on how his company’s manufacturing facilities across Asia are performing Read more »



SINGAPORE: Manufacturing organisations: Are you reaping the full benefits of digital transformation?

To in thrive in our modern environment, manufacturers must increasingly rely upon technology to power breakthrough innovations and drive more intelligent operations, says Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Singapore. Read more »


Boy looking at a handheld deviceAPAC: Hello fintechs, goodbye digital passive banks

Traditional banks that only digitalize legacy infrastructure risk becoming obsolete as innovative fintech companies rise, writes Rick Kapur, General Manager, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft Asia Pacific. Read more »



AUSTRALIA: How privacy compliance can help optimize retail sales this Christmas

Critical for any retailer’s success this festive season will be collecting, analyzing, and using data about their customers and, perhaps more importantly, maximizing the often-disparate data they already have, writes Ben Gilbert, Attorney at Microsoft. Read more »



Female students gathering around a computerAPAC: Microsoft’s pledge on interns, digital skills development and jobs in ASEAN

Microsoft is to provide 15,000 university students with internship opportunities, deliver digital skills training to 2.2 million workers in small-to-medium enterprises, and to hire 8,500 digital workers by 2020 across ASEAN, writes Microsoft Asia Pacific’s Sunny Park Read more »



Microsoft ExecutivesAPAC: Four questions with … Alberto Granados

Alberto leads sales and marketing operations for Asia Pacific and under his regional leadership, Microsoft successfully enabled government institutions and multinational commercial enterprises to innovate rapidly by adopting technologies and solutions in areas such as big data, social, cloud and mobility Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: It’s time to upskill for the AI opportunity

Barrie Sheers, Managing Director at Microsoft New Zealand, says more IT professionals need to gain greater skills in machine learning and other areas of artificial intelligence to make the connection between business needs and new technologies Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: Build an AI practice and they will come

There are a lot of AI solutions, services and components out there, and it’s easy to start small, right now, writes Philip Goldie, Director, Commercial and Partner Business at Microsoft New Zealand Read more »



APAC: AI, Sustainability, and Humanity

Soon Hyung Hwang – Industry Solutions Executive, Public Sector (Southeast Asia New Markets) at Microsoft – explores how questions around technology, sustainability, and humanity are intertwined when it comes to addressing the challenges of economic development Read more »



Gabe RijpmaNEW ZEALAND: Gabe Rijpma – An app a day keeps the doctor away?

Within a few years artificial intelligence (AI) will help relieve overstretched hospitals by empowering people to manage their own health,  Microsoft’s Gabe Rijpma tells Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: Maximizing our AI opportunities without trampling our ethics and destroying jobs

The labor market will be able to successfully adapt to a future AI economy, writes Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology officer Craig Russell. But, public policies are needed to make sure Kiwis are equipped with the right skills Read more »



Pouring beer from a tapAPAC: Tapping artificial intelligence for your next beer at Oktoberfest

I’d like you to think about how satisfying it feels to lift the cap off an ice-cold bottle of beer. After a long day. When the sun has been merciless. When you sink into the sofa and put your legs up and lean back with a cold one Read more »



Make What's Next campaign in VietnamASIA: Four questions with … Daiana Beitler

Technology can be a huge force for good that can generate both social and economic returns. In other words, we can do good while doing well, says Daiana Beitler, Microsoft Asia’s Philanthropies Director Read more »



Rudiantara & Haris IzmeeINDONESIA: Building a #StartUpNation by future-proofing a new generation

In February 2018, Indonesia’s National Statistical Bureau reported that the country’s labor force had reached 133.94 million citizens – a 1.5% annual increase. But looking ahead, how can we ensure that Indonesians have the right skills to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Read more »



INDIA: We’re putting AI to work. For a better planet.

Climate change is upon us – we’re seeing it happen, warns Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India… Read more »



APAC: Youth, innovation, technology – Our future in their hands

Alberto Granados talks about Salvador Dali, Bernard Shaw and the importance of embracing change and opportunity… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Telstra empowers employees to do best work from anywhere with Microsoft Office 365

Successful organizational change comes when people are engaged and empowered with tools and systems that connect them across markets and countries, says guest writer Gregory Koteras, general manager of digital workplace solutions at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia… Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: Making change stick

The future might become one of “symbiotic intelligence” in which machines augment and enhance our experiences and ultimately make us better humans, writes Nigel Parker, Principal Software Engineer, Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft New Zealand… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Soundscape helps create empowering mind map for blind and low vision users

Our company is deeply committed to is inclusion. We want everyone, no matter where they are, no matter their gender, age, ethnicity or ability, to benefit from the digital opportunity, writes Steven Worrall, Managing Director at Microsoft Australia… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Microsoft joins Jawun, shares digital skills and expertise with Indigenous communities

Steven Worrall, Managing Director at Microsoft Australia ventures into the country’s far tropical north where the beauty of the landscape is matched by significant social issues… Read more »



MALAYSIA: Prime Minister Mahathir visits the Microsoft CityNext booth at the Cities 4.0 + Business 4.0 Conference

Dr. Mahathir gets a firsthand look at cutting-edge technologies such as HoloLens. Read how he experienced mixed reality views of the inside a human heart and a cityscape… Read more »



SINGAPORE: Enabling AI-ready talent for the digital economy

While there is little doubt that governments and businesses around the world are accelerating their investments in AI, new technology inevitably raises complex questions and broad societal concerns, writes Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore… Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: Arming kiwi kids with tech maps for the future

No one can predict the future. But we do know that children entering education this year will one day fill jobs not yet created, work with technologies not yet invented, and solve problems not yet anticipated, writes Anne Taylor, Education Manager, Microsoft New Zealand… Read more »



SINGAPORE: Don’t let security be an afterthought

Technology can create new business models, open new sources of revenue, and shape industry landscapes. However, a big challenges in any digital transformation journey is in ensuring security, privacy, and compliance, writes Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore… Read more »



MALAYSIA: Do you know who lurks in your digital playground?

Jasmine Begum, Director of Legal, Government and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia, recently appeared on Bernama News Channel to discuss the perils of the dark web and the dangers of not supervising your children when they are online… Read more »



VIETNAM: Building Digital Streams of Opportunities

Microsoft’s role in helping to build a future-ready labor force is growing with training and education programs and partnerships for upskilling and reskilling students and workers for the digital economy, writes Pham The Truong, General Manager, Microsoft Vietnam… Read more »



APAC: Four questions with … Vivek Puthucode

Vivek Puthucode is the General Manager for Partners and small and midmarket businesses in Asia Pacific, and his role covers ASEAN, New Zealand, South Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan. He brings twenty years of experience across the technology sector and has earned a reputation for thought leadership … Read more »



APAC: It takes a community to raise a STEM-girl

President, Microsoft Asia Pacific, Andrea Della Mattea, looks back at her own work experience and says while much is being done to promote wider education and career options for young women, more change is needed… Read more »



APAC: Cyber threats in Asia. It’s time for your IT checkup

Prevention is better than cure. That is true for our bodies and it is also vital for the security of our data and devices, writes Mary Jo Schrade, of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit… Read more »



INDIA: Embracing the new world order with GDPR

The European Union’s new data protection law is a golden opportunity for India to drive thought leadership in the global market, writes Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India… Read more »



INDIA: AI for a billion people. And an accessible world.

Inclusive design is key to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, writes Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India… Read more »



INDIA: Our quest to empower every person and organization to achieve more

Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, looks at some of the big opportunities and challenges facing his country in 2018… Read more »



MALAYSIA: Democratizing IT in a Mobile-first, Cloud-first World

K Raman, the Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia outlines the fundamental shifts that are reshaping our company as it powers ahead… Read more »



ASIA: Don’t ever underestimate the damage of cyberattacks, just like icebergs

Eric Lam, Director of the Enterprise Cybersecurity Group at Microsoft Asia, likens a cyber attack to a ship hitting an iceberg – so much is hidden beneath the surface… Read more »



APAC: Cybersecurity -The art of simplicity and being on the right side of history

When it comes to protecting your IT operations from attack, less can often mean more security, explains Michael Montoya, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Microsoft Asia… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Solving the cybersecurity skills gap

The war for talent has a new battleground – cybersecurity. Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, outlines a strategy to help find the right people for the job… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Voiding the opportunity cost of cyber risk

Too many organisations are in a state of unnecessary paralysis due to the threat of cyberattack. Tom Daemen, Director of Corporate, Legal and External Affairs, Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, outlines a course of action… Read more »



AUSTRALIA: Azure Central open for business – accelerates Government and national critical infrastructure transformation opportunity

Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, looks forward to the potential gains that can be made now that the Canberra Azure regions are operational with protected level services certification… Read more »



NEW ZEALAND: It takes a tech sector to raise a digital child

The NZ Government’s decision to embed digital education in the school curriculum is a vital step forward, says Evan Blackman, Education Sector Director, Microsoft New Zealand. But it will need help from the partners in tech sector…  Read more »



ASIA: Five ways AI is building a better, brighter future

Concerns over the challenges artificial intelligence might pose for society should not overshadow its enormous potential benefits, writes Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia… Read more »



ASIA: Brave new world – how AI will impact work and jobs

The good news is that AI is already delivering tangible economic benefits for many organisations across Asia Pacific, writes Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia… Read more »



ASIA: AI is built on trust

Artificial intelligence is driving profound progress in every field of human endeavor, from healthcare to education to climate control and crop yields, writes Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia… Read more »



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