Microsoft Asia Blog

Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And, we strongly believe this aim closely aligns with the ambitions of the nations, businesses, and people of the Asia Pacific. Since starting operations in the region more than 30 years ago, Microsoft now has thousands of employees working with customers, partners, and organizations in 18 countries and territories. Below are the latest thoughts, observations and viewpoints of our leaders and experts who are dedicated to the future and progress of our part of the world.

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 »



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