Author: Katie Stainer

Who has won Apprentice of Year 2016?

This week, Microsoft’s annual Apprenticeship of the Year competition has crowned 20 year old Lucy Muldoon, who works at Nomura Holdings in London, as overall winner for 2016. Beating 114 other hopefuls to take the top spot, Lucy entered the competition in the ‘Apprentice in Support role’ category, which she … Read more »

Unboxed: The Xbox One S is here!

Xbox One S

At E3 earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its latest console, the Xbox One S. The new console has a sleeker design and is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. It features a new wireless controller with textured grip and Bluetooth support as well as a built in power supply. … Read more »

Microsoft Pix gives the iPhone camera an artificial brain

By John Roach As a professional photographer shooting the Seattle Seahawks, Josh Weisberg dashed around the football field, constantly taking pictures in anticipation of the perfect shot. “If you see it happen and you aren’t already taking pictures, it’s too late, you missed the shot,” says Weisberg, who is a … Read more »

UK start-up handed grant to boost free internet

grants

UK start up Movivo is one of 12 entrepreneurial businesses to be awarded a Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grant.  The grants will help these businesses scale their services and business models to increase affordable Internet access for the 4.2 billion unconnected people in the world. Each company will receive seed … Read more »

Microsoft launches independent gaming festival

Man using Xbox controller and laptop to play games ID@Xbox

We’re very proud of the progress that we’ve made with the ID@Xbox program, which enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live. Today, to celebrate the amazing success and bright future of ID@Xbox, we’re … Read more »

Want more women in tech? Companies need to relate to us, girls say

Women laughing with Surface tablet in park

Technology companies must relate to girls better if they want to increase the number of women choosing a career in the sector, according to new research. Seven to 14-year-old girls are very comfortable using technology such as mobile phones and tablets but are put off considering future employment in the … Read more »

Rolls-Royce agrees deal with Microsoft

Rolls-Royce engine

Microsoft has agreed a deal with Rolls-Royce to improve the British manufacturer’s engines and fuel efficiency and cut flight disruptions, it has been announced. Rolls, whose engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world every month, will use Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to analyse data … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

Microsoft Lumia phone with apps

Spring has now sprung, so this month we’re bringing you the freshest apps for your Windows Phone. From a brand new version of edjing, the world’s number one DJ app that transforms your device into a real DJ vinyl turntable, to the latest games that will keep you occupied during … Read more »

Windows 10: Tomorrow is finally here today

Over two days in December (2nd and 3rd) we hosted the ultimate Windows 10 experience for fans and media. The event culminated in a product showcase – where guests had the chance to try out the latest and best Windows 10 kit, from phones to Xbox, as well as tablets, … Read more »

2015: The moments that changed the world

2015

As 2015 draws to a close it’s time to reflect on the moments that made it such a monumental year – from epic sporting achievements to political change, tragic world events and out-of-this-world space exploration, 2015 has been a year filled with moments that will go down in history. Bing … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Microsoft Lumia Phones

This month we’re bringing you some of the latest and greatest games to hit Microsoft Lumia Phones, and the ultimate apps for TV addicts. From the original and unique ‘Prune’, cartoon pirate fun with Munchausen and the return of Tiny Troopers, there’s plenty to keep gamers entertained this December.  And, … Read more »

Cities Unlocked: A voyage of discovery

Gerald James

Research by Guide Dogs suggests that in the UK, 180,000 blind or partially sighted people rarely leave home alone. It should come as no surprise then that for these individuals, making any journey, let alone an unfamiliar one, can leave them feeling anxious and vulnerable. But what if we could … Read more »

Michel Van der Bel: The Power of Transformation

Michel Van der Bel said transformation was the word of the week at Future Decoded

By Michel Van der Bel, Managing Director, Microsoft UK As I reflect on a great two days at Future Decoded, I wanted to share my event highlights with you. Transformation was the word of the week at Future Decoded which showcased how our customers are transforming their organisations to change … Read more »

Microsoft leads the way in computer science education

“If we’re going to solve tomorrow’s global challenges, we must come together today to inspire young people everywhere with the promise of technology. We can’t leave anyone out.” These were the words of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at Dreamforce (the annual salesforce customers, partners and developers convention) earlier this … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phone

This month we’re bringing you some exciting games – including Lara Croft GO, a turn-based take on one of the most popular series out there. Plus, if you’re looking for something to liven up your commute, Audible Audiobooks or iHeartRadio will put your phone to good use! If you loved … Read more »

Calling all game developers in Wales

By doing a simple internet search for ‘tips for game developers’, you are met with a dizzying array of top tips, success guides, business tips and marketing guides to choose from. If you’re a game developer start-up working alone, there is a lot of support and advice on offer, perhaps … Read more »

Windows 10: The insider’s view

Last night we kicked off the launch of Windows 10 with a bang! We thanked Windows 10 fans and insiders across the UK by inviting them to a celebration at the iconic, Old Billingsgate on the River Thames.  Guests enjoyed an array of interactive experiences from Microsoft and partners, from … Read more »

What is the most likely cause of data breach?

Did you know that 90% of data breaches happen because software is not up to date? Falling behind with patching updates can leave your business vulnerable to attack. Ask yourself this: if you knew that burglars had the keys to your front door, would you change the locks? Of course … Read more »

Microsoft celebrates with Pride

On Saturday, hundreds of Microsoft employees and friends joined the annual LGBT Pride in London Parade and for once, the weather was kind and the umbrellas were not called for. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of spectators, the celebration of LGBT culture was the biggest ever, with over 30,000 people … Read more »

TV White Spaces helping us see the wood through the trees

Earlier this year Ofcom gave the go-ahead for the industry to start harnessing the benefits of TV White Spaces technology. With use cases of the technology set to become a commercial reality at the end of 2015, Microsoft continues to explore how this innovative use of wireless technology will impact … Read more »

June is Internet Safety Month – Get involved

By Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft Corp. Dedicated to promoting online safety, June presents a unique opportunity for youth and parents to become better “digital citizens”, and to protect themselves and others from potentially harmful online content and activities, including topics that some may prefer to not even … Read more »

Microsoft crowns first female Apprentice of the Year

Youth unemployment in the UK has been hovering around the half-million mark for the last few years, and businesses – particularly in the IT sector – continue to grapple with the challenge of finding cost-effective ways to hire talented individuals. Finding ways to combat this challenge is vital to fill … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

This month has seen the launch of some great new games and apps – with two legendary franchises in Halo: Spartan Strike and Star Wars Rebels: Recon now available in the Windows Phone Store. We’ve also got a treat for you, as the culinary challenge offered by Toca Kitchen makes a … Read more »

Microsoft’s ‘Modern Apprentice of the Year 2015’ is…

Microsoft has crowned 21-year old Daniel Morrison, who works at Lockheed Martin in Glasgow, as the winner of 2015’s ‘Modern Apprentice of the Year’ award at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament. Daniel saw off a strong field to win in the Enterprise category, before going on to win the Overall … Read more »

Questions (and answers) for parents about kids’ online safety

By Jacqueline Beauchere – Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft We often pose a few questions to parents – in conversations, forums, research and elsewhere – about how much they know about their children’s online safety practices. Along with sharing these queries, we thought it might be a good idea to … Read more »

The Art of Doing More

Ruthie Holloway, Creative Director, modern art company Beautiful Crime Thursday marks the opening of a new contemporary art exhibition we’ve been collaborating on with Microsoft – ‘The Art of Doing More’. It’s inspired by the Surface 3’s ability to empower people to do and achieve more and 11 exhibiting artists … Read more »

Bing Predicts tackles the Premier League table

It’s nearing the end of the football season for another year, so with less than a month’s worth of games remaining, we thought it was about time we took another look at how Bing Predicts sees the last few matches playing out this weekend, and what that will mean for … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps

16 March 2015 – With Spring around the corner, Windows Phone has some fresh apps to offer. See off winter with great games like Dragon’s Blade II, keep updated while on your commute with Fedora Reader, or capturing the last days of winter with Afterlight, the apps below are sure … Read more »

Build your imagination

11 March 2015 – It is amazing to think that when the BBC Micro launched in 1981, Microsoft didn’t exist in the UK and neither did Windows. But that first BBC project embodied everything we believed then, and that we still believe today about computing. Get affordable computers to as many … Read more »

Can your business afford not to hire an Apprentice?

By Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK 09 March 2015 – Ask any successful IT business in the UK what their biggest issue is, and they’ll tell you it is recruiting qualified people they need to grow their company. Hiring people with the right skills, particularly when you … Read more »

Get scammed or get savvy?

For our customers, one of the most frequent problems is the phishing phone call: Your phone rings. You answer it and find the person at the other end telling you they are calling to inform you that your computer has been compromised or is infected with malware or a virus. … Read more »

Microsoft named top tech Consumer Superbrand of 2015

02 March 2015 – This has been a year of great change for Microsoft. We’ve welcomed a new CEO, heralded the next generation Windows experience, delivered the benefits of the Cloud to more people and organisations across the UK and ushered in the era of holographic computing. What hasn’t changed … Read more »