Vote now for Asia’s Change-makers! Voting closes on April 22!

Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a global contest that encourages young people who are passionate about social causes to submit their ideas for how they can spark social good in their communities, college campuses or throughout the world, using the new Windows and Office. Five grand prize winners will receive a volunteer travel experience in the Amazon, $2,500 cash to kick-start their projects and a Microsoft technology bundle including Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Surface 2 (or equivalent device).

Farewell Windows XP

We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but all good things must come to an end. Microsoft Asia marks the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003 today, and if you are still on the ageing platform – we are here to help.

Old is not always gold

With Windows XP End of Support on 8 April 2014, we take a walk down memory lane to check in on what was hot back in 2001 when Windows XP was first launched. See what a difference 12 years have made to our lives!

Microsoft-CITYNET Appathon uncovers innovative solutions for cities

The first place winning app, a solution focusing on public safety called Safety Whistle, was submitted by Yashasvi and teammates Anish Ansari, Gopal Kandoi and Rumi Shakya, who made up Team Conscientious. In this app, users can enter two to three emergency contact numbers and two to three emergency email addresses.

Enter the responsive organizations

To reap the full benefit of social technologies, organizations must transform their structures, processes, and cultures: they will need to become more open and nonhierarchical and to create a culture of trust. Ultimately, the power of social technologies hinges on the full and enthusiastic participation of employees who are not afraid to share their thoughts – and trust that their contributions will be respected. Creating these conditions will be far more challenging than implementing the technologies themselves.