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Future Decoded 2017: in pictures

Future Decoded, Microsoft’s largest UK enterprise event, was held at ExCeL in London on October 31 and November 1. The two-day conference was attended by tens of thousands of business leaders, journalists and analysts, and featured speakers such as Panos Panay, Vice-President for Surface at Microsoft; Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK … Read more »

Future Decoded 2017: day two – as it happened

HoloLens rolled out to additional 29 countries, taking total to 39; hardhat accessories also in production Day two of Future Decoded gets under way at the Excel in London Speakers include Lorraine Bardeen, from Windows and HoloLens, Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose and former footballer Gary Neville Future Decoded: day … Read more »

Future Decoded 2017: Day one – as it happened

Panos Panay: Surface Book 2 13-inch coming to UK on November 13, 15-inch coming early next year Microsoft Teams coming to UK data centres Microsoft’s biggest event in the UK gets under way at ExCel, in London Speakers include Microsoft’s Panos Panay, UK CEO Cindy Rose and comedian David Walliams … Read more »

Fear of change is putting British companies at risk, report finds

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A fear of change among staff is putting British companies at risk, according to new research that looks at how businesses are preparing for a technology-led future. A significant number of workers from across the UK admitted to anxiety and concerns over job security when their firms introduced technology to … Read more »

Microsoft unveils superfast and secure blockchain service for companies

Microsoft has announced a first-of-its-kind blockchain service for companies that can handle more than 1,600 transactions per second – much faster than current networks. The Coco Framework is easier to use than other blockchain products, making the technology widely available to firms in a range of sectors, including financial services, … Read more »

Scotland’s best teacher works at a Microsoft Showcase School

A teacher at a Microsoft Showcase School in Scotland has been named the best educator in the country at a major awards event. The prize for Jacqueline Campbell, who works at St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk, came as Kirkton of Largo Primary School in Fife, another Microsoft Showcase School, … Read more »

Microsoft unleashes massive computing power in UK data centres

New Microsoft Azure services that make it easier to work with huge amounts of information have been launched in the UK. G-Series, H-Series and N-Series virtual machines (VM), which allow developers to create multiple copies of their own computer to increase computing power, are now available in the company’s UK … Read more »

Six things Microsoft announced at its London AI event

Microsoft has laid out its vision for AI (artificial intelligence), which puts people at the heart of intelligent technology to empower them to achieve great things. The company is dedicated to democratizing AI for every person and organisation, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone, and for the past … Read more »

The secret to a healthy life? Big data

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It’s an exciting time to be in medicine. Thanks to scientific advances, many more of us are living longer. We’ve seen exciting developments in areas such as robotic surgery, prosthetics and remote care. All these technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we experience healthcare. With better medical care, … Read more »

Microsoft unveils a key weapon in the fight against hackers

Hackers will now find it even harder to steal customer information from companies after Microsoft rolled out new security features in its UK data centres. The technology firm announced that Azure SQL Threat Detection will send users an alert when their website is being attacked and suggest how to deal … Read more »

Centrica becomes latest blue-chip company to choose Microsoft Azure

The owner of British Gas is supporting its business with a number of Microsoft’s cloud services to ensure staff have the latest technology to help customers. Centrica, the international energy and services company which also runs plumbing firm DynoRod and US energy retailer Direct Energy, is moving its UK data … Read more »

Microsoft expands UK cloud offering with Dynamics 365 launch

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Microsoft has expanded its cloud offering in the UK with the launch of Dynamics 365, helping customers digitally transform their business securely and efficiently. Joining Microsoft Azure and Office 365, Dynamics 365 enables companies and organisations to work seamlessly to become more productive, gain new insights into their operations and … Read more »

TAAP wants to make paperwork extinct – and it’s succeeding

A mobile app company aiming to make paperwork obsolete has announced it is in talks with leading retailers and commercial firms across the UK. TAAP’s software allows firms to use handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets to log important work events such as merchandising, incidents, security and cleaning, instead … Read more »

Microsoft can now help you store your financial data closer to home

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Organisations concerned about payment fraud can now securely store their customers’ financial details in the UK after Microsoft was told its data centres in the country met crucial, global guidelines. The company’s sites in the UK have been cleared to store, process and move data about credit card holders, allowing … 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

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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 »

Blockchain banking gets a boost from Azure

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British payments services firm Caxton will use Microsoft’s cloud platform to offer faster, cheaper and more secure banking via blockchain technology. The private blockchain system will run on Azure and give users direct access to preferential banking rates, while cutting their service costs. The move will be particularly beneficial for … Read more »

Protecting innovation in the cloud

By Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Rapid advancements in cloud computing are creating new capabilities, insights and efficiencies, allowing businesses big and small to transform the way they deliver products and services. As this transformation accelerates, virtually every company in every sector of the economy is … Read more »

Imagine Cup: Young developers to battle it out for $100,000

Young developers who enter the next Imagine Cup will battle it out for $100,000 after Microsoft doubled the prize money. Registration for the annual competition, now in its 15th year, has opened and teams from across the world can apply. Entrants must use technology to create “the next big thing”, which should … Read more »

The 10 best-read Microsoft UK stories of 2016

Microsoft has been busy over the past 12 months. The company has bought SwiftKey and LinkedIn, rolled out HoloLens and opened data centres in the UK, among other things. The Microsoft UK News Centre has covered a lot of news during 2016, so here are the 10 best-read articles of the year. … Read more »

Microsoft now offers private connections to its UK data centres

Microsoft’s customers are now able to use private connections to the company’s UK data centres. Microsoft’s partners are providing a gateway from PSN/N3 to ExpressRoute and into Azure – just one of the new services the group has unveiled since the company launched its Azure and Office 365 cloud offering in … Read more »

A British company has created a simple test to help premature babies

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A simple bedside test that could improve the lives of millions of premature babies suffering from underdeveloped lungs has been developed by a British-Danish company. SIME Dx, a digital diagnostics company in Microsoft’s start-up programme, has announced that its laser-based test can accurately predict which babies are likely to develop … Read more »

Microsoft explains why Azure is perfect for financial firms

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Financial companies that want to move work to the cloud have been told by Microsoft that its Azure service complies with the new guidance released by the UK’s top regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released guidance in July aimed at aiding firms from the financial services sector as they move … Read more »

RAC technology lets cars ‘talk’ to drivers before they break down

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Motorists will know their car has a problem before it breaks down thanks to RAC technology that lets people “talk” to vehicles. The British firm’s device can spot issues with parts such as filters and fuel injectors before they fail, saving car owners time, inconvenience and money. The black box device can be fitted to … Read more »

CES 2017: The model car kit that can improve kids’ lives

A model kit that helps children build and program their own toy cars has been recognised by one of the world’s top innovation award shows for improving kids’ lives. SAM Labs, which is based in London and graduated from Microsoft’s start-up programme in 2014, has revealed that its Curious Cars … Read more »

The 10 charts that show the UK needs to embrace the cloud and AI

Research has revealed that nearly half of UK bosses believe they have to embrace digital transformation or see their company fail within the next five years. However, while 44% of business managers understand that the sudden shift to a more digital society will require changes in how they work in … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: in pictures

Microsoft held its Future Decoded event, which is aimed at helping businesses digitally transform so they can grow and succeed, on November 1 and 2. Thousands of attendees heard from speakers including Chancellor Philip Hammond, who vowed to tackle cyber criminals, author Bill Bryson and Paralympic athlete Martine Wright. Here is a … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: day two – as it happened

Future Decoded held on November 1 and 2 Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams, a new collaboration tool Speakers today include Uber’s Chris Messina and Roger Walkden, HoloLens Commercial Lead Exclusive HoloLens developer session Thousands of people to attend at ExCeL, London Latest 17:52 And that’s the end of Future Decoded. We … Read more »

Future Decoded: Chancellor Philip Hammond vows to tackle cyber criminals

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Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used his keynote speech at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event to launch a new National Cyber Security Strategy and “strike back” against cyber criminals. Speaking on the first day of the technology conference Hammond said his “three-pillar plan” of Defend, Deter and Develop to protect the privacy … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: Day One – as it happened

Future Decoded held on November 1 and 2 Chancellor Philip Hammond and author Bill Bryson speak at event Hammond: The tech industry is the future of the British economy Chris Bishop, head of Microsoft Research Cambridge: AI will transform nearly every aspect of our lives Thousands of people to attend at ExCeL, … Read more »

How computer science is helping me tackle cancer

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By Ben Hall Cancer is a major problem in biomedicine. While scientists have made great strides in some types of the disease, we have not been able to reduce adult mortality greatly over the past few decades. My laboratory at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge works … Read more »

Microsoft is helping epilepsy patients predict when they will have a seizure

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People with epilepsy could soon be able to predict when they will have a seizure under a “pioneering” project that uses Microsoft products to monitor health. MyCareCentric Epilepsy, a program run by a private/public consortium, will see patients wear a Microsoft Band to record data such as sleep patterns, exercise, heart rate and temperature. … Read more »

The Met Office needs your help to predict when it’s going to rain

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The Met Office is calling on more people to record the weather from their gardens in a bid to make forecasting more accurate. The UK’s weather service is encouraging homeowners to use weather monitors to record data such as rainfall, hours of sunlight, wind and humidity, and upload the results to its Weather … Read more »

Microsoft is helping a company that tries to predict the future

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A program that tries to predict the future, a home health monitor for people with cancer and an online bot that can chat to customers are just some of the proposals that have won places on a Microsoft course for start-ups. Microsoft Accelerator, a global initiative that helps entrepreneurs to grow their companies, has chosen eight … Read more »

Pokémon Go: New tool can detect Pikachu and friends

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You’ve caught a Pikachu in the park, a Squirtle in the supermarket and a Bulbasaur at the bus stop. By now, your Pokémon Go library is probably looking pretty full; and while you’ve got to “catch ’em all”, it can be difficult to keep track of ’em all. Luckily, Microsoft … Read more »

The new world of massive scale data

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By Robin Lester  Data is more relevant today than it has ever been. Data flows though industry, it is the life blood that connects businesses, people and machines to humans. It powers the gears of industry, destroying geographic boundaries with communication systems and, with the internet, creates a sea of … Read more »

Rolls-Royce deal with Microsoft could mean fewer flight delays

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Airline passengers could see more flights leave on time after a new partnership between Rolls-Royce and Microsoft. 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 quickly diagnose issues with plane engines. Mechanics can then … Read more »

Fitwell is the personal trainer that everyone can afford

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Setting up your own business can be painful, both financially and emotionally. The bills, the long hours and the stress can all take their toll on a person’s health. But for one entrepreneur, starting his company was literally painful. Baris Ozaydinli developed such serious back and neck pain that he … Read more »

Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

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A new experiment is set to be launched that could lead to the general public creating their own satellites. The project will see people from across the country capture information about the world around them such as location and mapping services, weather forecasting and measuring plant and crop health. This will then … Read more »

UK start-up handed grant to boost free internet

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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 »

Work from anywhere? Only if you’re the boss

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More than half of workers believe they have to be in the office to get work done, compared with less than a fifth of bosses, new research has revealed. Despite most managers believing that allowing their staff to work from anywhere, very few employees are actually doing so. The survey, … Read more »

Cyber criminals step up attacks on UK computers

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Cyber criminals have intensified attacks on the UK, a new report has revealed, with the number of computers being infected by viruses surging at the end of last year. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, released on Thursday, found that criminals are using videos and other digital media to customise their … Read more »

TruRating: helping customers to rate shops – as they shop

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Answer the following questions truthfully: how many times have you left a restaurant after a great meal and vowed to write a positive review online? Or got so angry at poor service that you made it your mission to drag that company’s name through the mud using just your computer … Read more »

Rolls-Royce agrees deal with Microsoft

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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 »

Intelligent Cloud lifts villages from water poverty

Cloud computing is helping villages in Africa

Jacob Katuva used to get up at dawn to cycle 12 miles from his village to collect water with his uncles and cousins when he was growing up in Kenya. Now he is part of a research team at the University of Oxford using cloud computing and mobile sensors to … Read more »

Microsoft donates $1bn of cloud services

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Can cloud computing change the world? Microsoft believes it can. Cloud computing has emerged as an essential resource for addressing some of the world’s biggest problems, helping to solve issues across a range of economic and social challenges. There are now plans afoot to expand the reach of the cloud … Read more »

Microsoft announces plans to offer cloud services from the UK

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella announced plans to offer commercial cloud services from the UK

Will deliver Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from a new UK data centre region; completes data centre expansions in Ireland and Netherlands; all part of the more than $2 billion spent on cloud infrastructure across Europe London — 10 Nov 2015 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella … 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 »

The app that puts Eurovision at your fingertips

With an international audience of 200 million, and 40 participating countries, the Eurovision Song Contest is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular televised entertainment events. Today, Microsoft and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announce the launch of the official Eurovision Song Contest app – by far the best way … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »