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Three UK non-profits receive Microsoft computer science grant

People using Surface laptops

Microsoft has given large grants to organisations in the UK in a bid to boost youngsters’ computer skills. The money, which forms part of Microsoft’s $75m commitment to increase access to computer science education across the world through Microsoft YouthSpark, will be handed to  The Royal Society, UK Youth and … Read more »

Become part of a world of creativity with MØxSurface

Danish singer Mo working on Microsoft Surface laptop

Singer MØ has launched a global campaign with Microsoft Surface to showcase the creativity of her fans. The Danish star – best known for her collaboration with Major Lazer on the most streamed song on Spotify, “Lean on” – has asked her followers to share their thoughts and artwork online … Read more »

Quantum Break: the biggest selling standalone Xbox One title

Quantum Break

Quantum Break, the latest blockbuster game from Microsoft Studios, has become the company’s biggest selling standalone title on the Xbox One. Quantum Break, the first Microsoft-published game to top the UK charts since Halo 5: Guardians in November last year, beat offroad racing title DiRT Rally to the number one … Read more »

Football Crazy, Match Stat Mad

Football statistics

With Bing predicting a win for Tottenham against Arsenal in this weekend’s North London derby*, we’ve taken a closer look at football fans’ love for facts and figures to see just how far we’ll go to stay on top of the latest soccer stats. We’ve all got that one friend … Read more »

Microsoft extends Autism and Inclusive Hiring Programme to UK

Today Microsoft UK announced the rollout of a new pilot programme focused on hiring people with neurodiverse conditions, including Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, for full-time UK based Microsoft positions. Microsoft UK will initially be hiring for 10 roles. The UK programme will be modelled on the program that has been … Read more »

An Office 2016 page-turner

An illustrated short story was created using Office 365

Back in September when we launched the brand new Microsoft Office 2016, we released a suite of tools that allow everyone from professional data crunchers to part-time poets to do more by working together and collaborating more effectively.   To put these new features to the test, we challenged award-winning … Read more »

Rise of the Tomb Raider presents: Survival Billboard

The Survival Billboard to mark the release of the latest Tomb Raider game

Eight contestants stand tall in an endurance test like no other To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we are challenging eight people to channel their inner Lara Croft and survive 24-hours on a live action ‘Survival Billboard’ in central London. The eight contestants, made up of … Read more »

Cities Unlocked: A new journey

The Cities Unlocked partnership

As part of our Future Decoded event this week, Satya Nadella in his keynote highlighted the Cities Unlocked partnership between Guide Dogs and Microsoft as a powerful example of how we are helping people to achieve more. Take a look at our ‘Cities Unlocked: A New Journey’ video below, with audio … Read more »

Introducing “On The Up”: a Windows 10 and Dazed production

Windows 10 has been working behind the scenes with Dazed, to track down cutting-edge creative people

Something quite exciting has happened today – the launch of “On The Up”, a dynamic online series created by Windows 10 and youth and culture powerhouse Dazed. The series will spotlight the next generation doing great things to push the UK’s creative scene forward – with technology enabling creativity at its … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

This month we’re bringing you some exciting games – including Top Gear: Extreme Parking, a wild ride through the Top Gear Test Track, a nightmare for any driving instructor! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect photo, 4Blend HDR will help you achieve this using Nokia Imaging HDK. For … Read more »

Amos Miller lights up the world through sound at TEDx Glasgow

You may have seen or read about Microsoft’s Cities Unlocked project launched last November. Placing the individual rather than the technology at the centre of the experience, Cities Unlocked augments the ability of people with sight loss to employ their sense of hearing to navigate the world around them. The … Read more »

‘Revenge Porn’: Putting Victims Back in Control

Microsoft is working to eradicate the online availability of child sexual abuse material

When someone shares intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent, the effects can be truly devastating. These gross violations of privacy are commonly (and unartfully) referred to as “revenge porn.” Unfortunately, revenge porn is on the rise across the globe. It can damage nearly every aspect of … Read more »

Be Original. Be Bing.

To celebrate some of life’s standout moments is on the hunt for the next big UK talent by challenging budding photographers to submit a snap into the Bing Originals competition. The homepage has always been the place to find inspiring images from around the globe, and now it’s … Read more »

Microsoft Band and Health arrive in the UK

We’re excited to announce that Microsoft Band has officially launched in the UK! Unique to the UK, Microsoft has partnered with fitness and wellbeing leaders Nuffield Health. Check out the video below, featuring Jay Brewer, Head of Clinical Wellbeing, Nuffield Health and Leila Martine, Director of New Devices, Microsoft UK … Read more »

Bing Predicts the Oscars – the results are in!

20 February 2015 – Last weekend saw the 87th Annual Academy Awards take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and the results are in! An exciting night for Hollywood, and an even more exciting night for Bing Predicts after it correctly identified the award winners for all but three of those predicted. From Birdman’s … Read more »

Surface Pro 3 offer: for a limited time only

Microsoft and selected retailers are offering up to £250 off the Surface Pro 3 on purchases made from today until 1st March. The Surface Pro 3 is the ideal device delivering the best of a laptop, best of a tablet: it has all the power and performance of a premium … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps

February brings with it some great new apps from Windows Phone, whether it’s increasing your productivity with the ever-useful Dropbox or getting back on the bike to get the most out of Striver, Windows Phone apps are here to bring convenience and fun to your life.  Come back in a … Read more »

Are you ready to #Do1MoreThing for Safer Internet Day 2015?

The Internet is ubiquitous in young people’s day to day lives. Whether it be research for a school project, talking to friends on Skype, listening to music, the web enhances the things young people need to do and allows them to actively pursue things they want to do. Young people … Read more »

Cortana calls red in Barclays Premier League derbies

With two major Premiership derbies kicking off this weekend, Cortana is bringing the ever prescient ‘Bing Predicts’ to Windows Phones for the first time. Unfortunately for fans in blue and white it’s not looking like a good day out for the home sides. Cortana is forecasting that Liverpool is 12.5% … Read more »

Scottish Gaelic language support now available for Microsoft Office

*Goireas-taice litreachaidh ri fhaotainn ann an Gàidhlig a-nis airson Microsoft Office Hot on the heels of Burns Night, Microsoft announced earlier this week that Scottish Gaelic is the latest addition to the 95 languages and dialects supported by proofing functionality in Microsoft Office. It means that 60,000 speakers of the … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps

2015 has kicked off with a bang for Windows Phone, with some great free apps available this January. Get rid of the winter blues with some of the fantastic games, including the ultra-popular Minecraft, and ensure your health kick is aided by great new recipes from Epicurious. What’s more, Windows … Read more »

Windows 10: The next chapter

Yesterday we announced a number of new and exciting elements in the next phase of Windows 10. With a wide range of experiences as well as two new devices – the Windows experience is now being extended across devices and scenarios – from large screens to no screens at all. … Read more »

Teachers: how ready are you for the computing revolution?

As primary schools reopen their doors to begin the second term of teaching the new computing curriculum, a survey conducted by Microsoft and CAS has confirmed that 69% of teachers enjoy teaching the subject, which is now compulsory for all pupils from the age of five. However, the results also … Read more »

Create your own masterpiece with the Surface Pro 3

Create your own masterpiece with the Surface Pro 3 05-09-2014 Shakespeare James Mylne September 05, 2014 Fancy yourself as the next Leonardo da Vinci but not sure how to get started? With the right tools and a little advice anyone can start creating their own masterpiece. Renowned ballpoint pen artist … Read more »

Spreading Christmas cheer with Virgin Atlantic

This weekend, flight VS011 from Heathrow to Boston took on a distinctly festive feel as teams from Microsoft and Virgin Atlantic injected a taste of Christmas, enabled via some very cool technology. As well as putting a few smiles on faces, the aim was to show passengers what could be … Read more »

Stuck for present ideas this Christmas?

Microsoft has got a myriad of gifts to suit all members of the family and all budgets this Christmas. Whether you’re looking to splurge with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or save with colourful accessories there’s a Microsoft gift for everyone this year. Splurge Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (From RRP … Read more »

How many Hours of Code were completed this week?

The digital revolution is here. In the years to come, everyone is going to need to know how to code. Jobs of the future are going to require a solid understanding of computer science, and none of us can underestimate the importance of even a basic knowledge of coding. Millions … Read more »

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Can you make one hour last a lifetime?

This week is Computer Science Education Week, dedicated to inspiring people of all ages across the world to try their hand at coding. “Kids don’t always need to be told what to do to understand things, through computational thinking you can find out for yourself.” – Alfie Finch-Critchley (age 14), … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps

Every month we provide you with a roundup of the latest and greatest apps, along with updates to our favourite apps. Please see below for the last monthly app update of the year, featuring some great games and some seriously useful tools to help make your life easier. See you … Read more »

Unlocking cities through sound

Imagine losing your sight and having to rely on other people to help you get out and about, or being restricted to the same four of five short routes that have taken months to learn. Or imagine being in a foreign country, unable to read the signs and unsure of … Read more »

FUTURE DECODED: So what about tomorrow?

What does the future hold for me? My organisation? The UK? One thing is for certain, the intensification in the interconnectivity between people, businesses and institutions within, and across, national borders seems set to continue and will likely drive further heated debate around the benefits and costs to modern life. … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps

With so many new, informative and fun apps available on a daily basis, it can be hard to pinpoint the best apps for you. Each month, we plan to make the process a little easier by recommending five apps. See here our very first recommendations and don’t forget to check … Read more »

Getting it all and getting it NOW

From Royal Babies to Referendums, and X-Factor tears to England footballers getting back to winning ways, there is lots happening right now. Actually, there’s lots happening ALWAYS, and the never ending challenge is to stay on top of everything (especially if you want to win friends and influence people on … Read more »

Power of the Pen

The pen is one of the most recognised tools in the world. We’ve used it to jot down things like To Do lists, shopping lists and diary entries since the dawn of time (3000 BC to be exact) – but as devices like phones and tablets increase in popularity, the … Read more »

Hello world!

Welcome to Microsoft News Center Network. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! … Read more »

Who has won this year’s Kodu Kup competition?

The second annual Kodu Kup competition came to a close last Thursday with the final taking place at Microsoft’s Reading offices. The competition brought together twelve teams, representing ten schools from around the UK, to compete for the coveted title of ‘Kodu Kup Champions’. There were six overall winning teams, … Read more »

What’s next for cloud gaming?

The games industry is booming in the UK and the variety of games is shifting as mobile devices and popular apps bring gaming to a wider audience than ever before. From small gaming apps to be played on the commute, to immersive console games which can take days to complete, … Read more »

Picture the scene, festival fans: now you CAN share the moment

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, as Glastonbury, Reading, Isle of Wight and all the other great British festivals come around once again. For tens of thousands of fans that means the season of mud, tents and unquestionably great music – and whether it’s Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Metallica … Read more »

Microsoft’s 2014 Festival Survival Tips

Mud, rain, mates and good tunes. That’s right, it is summer music festival season again and we all know the better prepared you are the more fun you will have. So aside from a pair of fancy Wellingtons and a backstage pass, what are the best tech devices and apps … Read more »

A Big Night Out? It’s All In The Planning

We’ve all been there: someone suggests getting together one night for a few beers, the invites go out on Facebook, the word spreads and suddenly the whole thing’s been built up into The Mother of All Big Nights Out. And seeing as it was your great idea in the first … Read more »

Keeping two historic Welsh steam railways on track

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, steeped in 200 years of history and representing one of the oldest railway lines in the world, faced up to a very 21st century problem when it committed to modernise its aged IT infrastructure. Its system was suffering from frequent outages and couldn’t keep pace … Read more »

Popping the question: What IS the future of music?

As Madonna once pointed out, music makes the people come together – and that was certainly the case when some of the great and the good of the UK music industry met in central London to discuss the future of music. It wasn’t so much a case of who is … Read more »

What can parents do to keep their children safer online?

Almost every parent today recognises the need to protect their children online as well as in the real world. But with young people growing up with technology seamlessly embedded into their lives, it can be difficult to know where to start. Coupled with the increasing opportunities for young people to … Read more »

Can a mum win back 60 minutes a day?

We’ve been inspired recently by a group of talented working mums who are achieving the unachievable on a daily basis. These women have one thing in common; they all use technology to get the most out of their day. In fact they’re amongst the third of British Mums who are … Read more »

Bringing football to life like never before

As one of the world’s greatest sporting events is fast approaching, Microsoft Studios have been working hard to make watching football more immersive than ever before. At their new state-of-the-art HQ in London, Soho Productions have capitalised on the power and performance of Xbox One to create Brazil Now – an … Read more »

Here is the News – and don’t we just love it

It’s a century-old love affair: Britain and its regular dose of the News. And it’s certainly not been affected during that time in any great way by the many dramatic changes in how we access it – from print and broadcast to ever-increasing online platforms and apps like Bing News. … Read more »

UK Games Industry: what have we got to lose?

The UK is one of the most successful and lucrative games development hubs in the world. The industry is worth more than £1bn to the economy and it employs around 30,000 people. Home grown games such as Grand Theft Auto – the biggest selling entertainment property of all time – … Read more »

Microsoft Imagine Cup: UK winner announced

Twelve teams of aspiring student developers gathered at the Microsoft Imagine Cup UK finals at University College London to show off their newly developed technology to a panel of judges, including Microsoft technology experts and past winners of the Imagine Cup. The winning team will be flown to the world … Read more »

Big data means big dividends for UK businesses

At its “Accelerate Your Insights” customer event in San Francisco today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stressed the importance of a data culture – one that encourages curiosity, action and experimentation – for everyone, and every organisation. Microsoft also shared the results of new IDC research Infographic below) that shows that … Read more »

Get that Summer beach body in shape

The clocks have gone forward, which means the countdown to summer – and getting that summer beach body in shape – has started.  And if you’re STILL struggling to shed those extra pounds from too much New Year celebrating, fear not: help is at hand in the shape of trainer … Read more »

Who will build the next Halo?

It’s only five months until computing becomes a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum, representing a bold and important step towards making sure our young people have the skills that they need for the jobs of the future. We know that if we’ve got teachers who can confidently and … Read more »

Watching TV and movies in the cloud – the blinkbox way

The UK is a nation of TV and movie enthusiasts with the average viewer watching 3 hours 55 minutes of video-based content a day. However, consumer viewing habits are changing and we are increasingly living in a world where the viewer doesn’t want to wait for his or her favourite … Read more »

Do you remember 2001?

Tony Blair was Prime Minister, the likes of Craig David, Destiny’s Child and Westlife were storming the UK pop charts and Manchester United were doing well as they headed towards another Premier League title – when you think of it like that, 2001 seems a VERY different place to 2014. … Read more »

Computer games get smarter with Microsoft’s cloud

Did you ever get stuck at a level of your favourite smartphone game? Struggled with the controls of a particular app – and were never quite sure whether to blame the games’ fiddly controls or fat fingers for the trouble? British games studio Mediatonic doesn’t have that kind of problem … Read more »

Education and technology in the 21st Century

Last week, over 1,000 innovative educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries gathered at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona. Their aim? To learn from each other’s experiences and join forces to find new ways of transforming education for the 21st century. Technology is a … Read more »

Get APPy – and take our Picture Quiz

If Pharrell Williams is everyone’s favourite big hatted pop star of the moment, it’s equally fair to say we’re all singing his song of the moment: all together now, ‘because we’re Apppyyyyyy…’. Oh ok, maybe his recent BRITs show-stopping #1 hit isn’t about the wonderful things that make our smartphones … Read more »

Life in the digital crosshairs: The untold story

On Saturday, July 13, 2001, Microsoft was alerted to a nasty piece of malware called “Code Red.” In just two weeks, ABC News reported that the Code Red worm had infected more than 300,000 Windows computers around the world. When the news broke, it was like something straight out of … Read more » launches Hour of Code

Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web and to coincide with this is launching a campaign to bring the joy of coding to every student and every classroom in the UK. Technology changes everything. If you look back over the past 25 years the pace … Read more »

Head in the Clouds? You’re not the only one

Picture this: all your favourite selfies, dates with mates and family photos saved on your smartphone – which then goes missing one night in the pub. Painful enough to have to sort a new mobile, but imagine the heartache if none of those treasured images are saved elsewhere… In fact … Read more »

Millie Mackintosh gets her Xbox Fitness on…

If, like many others, your 2014 New Year’s resolution is to get fit and tone up this January, Xbox Fitness is on hand if you don’t fancy braving the elements this winter. Last week, wellbeing and fitness enthusiast Millie Mackintosh put media through their paces at an event that featured … Read more »

Microsoft’s Reading HQ welcomes HRH The Duke of York

There was excitement and anticipation at Microsoft’s Reading HQ today as staff welcomed HRH Duke of York, who came to visit the Thames Valley Park Campus to find out more about Microsoft’s community initiatives and work in supporting small businesses and start-ups. The Duke’s visit was filled with a variety … Read more »

‘Appy Christmas from Windows and Windows Phone

To showcase the range of family apps available on Windows and Windows Phone, ahead of Christmas, we invited media and their families to attend a family day out at London Zoo. Daddy Pig at London Zoo December 02, 2013 Taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020   The Saturday morning event … Read more »

Bing unveils Britain’s top search trends for 2013

It’s that time of year again, when we look at what Britain loved to search for most on Microsoft’s search engine, Bing. Well the results are in and pipping everyone to the post as the most searched for person this year was Justin Bieber! He beat Beyonce into second position … Read more »

Tackling Proliferation of Child Abuse Material with PhotoDNA

The internet is a proportionate representation of humanity, there are things of great beauty, there are trivial things, things that are informative and people who express their creativity in all manner of ways, but there are also the ugly parts of humanity; the parts we would prefer didn’t exist. Child … Read more »

Microsoft gives students the power of cloud with Student Advantage

Students at eligible educational institutions will soon be able to access the full version of Office, Microsoft’s productivity suite, in the cloud, for no additional cost. From December, any institution worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students giving them the … Read more »

Who are our next generation of computer programmers?

The inaugural Kodu Kup competition, which searches for the next generation of computer programmers, was launched in February at the BETT technology education show in London. Five months later, we have our winners! We had a great response, with over 450 teams entering for the competitions first year. Kodu is … Read more »

An Entertainment First at Lovebox

One of London’s popular music festivals, Lovebox, will be broadcast live into living rooms across Europe. Xbox LIVE will be streaming the event in several countries including the UK. Click here to check out the video of whats in store. … Read more »

Azure’s allure – for supermodels, businesses and consumers

Storm Model Management – one of the world’s leading model agencies, managing some of the biggest names in the fashion industry including Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Emma Watson – is using the new Microsoft Azure cloud service to improve access to its website and other tools its customers use … Read more »