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The Famous Five go digital for 75th anniversary writing competition

A competition to find talented young authors who can write a book in the style of Enid Blyton has been launched to mark the 75th anniversary of The Famous Five novels. In celebration of this anniversary year, Hodder Children’s Books, a part of the Hachette Children’s Group, is re-releasing all 21 original … Read more »

World-famous architect sees his buildings recreated using HoloLens

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Hololens

World-famous architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has expressed his delight after Microsoft and Trimble helped to recreate some of his most well-known buildings using HoloLens. The 88-year-old Brazilian said it was “fantastic” that he could see his creations using Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset, which places computer-generated holograms in the real world. … Read more »

Microsoft is helping to create the next generation of cloud experts

People looking to learn cutting-edge technology skills can now sign up to a Microsoft apprenticeship programme that teaches them about cloud computing. The Azure Apprentice programme offers training in a range of cloud features, including the different ways it can be provided, how it can be used for developers and … Read more »

Azure changes will put hybrid customers on cloud nine

data

Azure customers who also use their own data centres to store information can now launch the same large computing projects as cloud-only clients after Microsoft unveiled a raft of new features. The company has rolled out Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3), which allows organisations to sign up to secure … Read more »

Arsenal to drop out of top four after Liverpool defeat, Bing predicts

Football

Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will suffer a blow this weekend when they drop out of the top four, Bing has predicted. Arsene Wenger’s men take on Liverpool at Anfield, with Microsoft’s search engine predicting that the hosts will clinch a victory (55% chance). Liverpool’s victory … Read more »

Xbox reveals unlimited subscription service called Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox has announced a new subscription service that gives gamers unlimited access to more than 100 titles on the console. Xbox Game Pass will feature games from Microsoft Studios – including 343 Industries, The Coalition and Rare. Microsoft is also working closely with top industry publishing partners, including 2K, 505 … Read more »