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The latest corporate news on Microsoft in the UK

60 seconds with… Microsoft UK Education CTO Andy Nagle

Andy Nagle has been appointed Education Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Microsoft UK, overseeing technology strategy for our work with schools, colleges and universities across Britain. The News Centre sat down with Andy to find out more about his role, the challenges he will face and what he hopes to … 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 »

Microsoft at London Pride 2017: in pictures

Pride parade in London

More than 100 people from Microsoft, SwiftKey, Microsoft Research and LinkedIn have taken part in this year’s Pride in London. It was the ninth year that Microsoft has taken part in the annual event, which attracts tens of thousands of participants and more than a million spectators. Staff were joined … Read more »

Microsoft reinforces AI vision at London event

Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, Microsoft

Microsoft’s vision for AI (artificial intelligence) is about people. It’s about amplifying human ingenuity through intelligent technology that will reason with, understand and interact with people and, together with people, help us solve some of society’s most fundamental challenges. This was the message shared earlier today at an event in … Read more »

Microsoft at London Tech Week: in pictures

London Tech Week featured conferences, showcases and forums aimed at helping startups, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, students and companies. Microsoft was a headline partner of the event, which featured speakers such as Cindy Rose, the company’s UK CEO, and Ben Medlock, the founder of SwiftKey. Here’s what happened:   … Read more »

Digital skills are key to tackling social mobility

By Anna Smee You don’t need to be a tech expert to know there’s a digital skills gap in the UK, costing our economy billions of pounds every year. If we look at society more broadly, a Government report suggested there is a wider skills gap that could result in … Read more »

60 seconds with… Microsoft UK Services Lead Tamer Ozmen

Tamer Ozmen is Services Lead at Microsoft UK, helping companies across the country digitally transform to improve how they work. We sat down with him to talk about his role, his aims and his favourite bit of tech. Name: Tamer Ozmen (@tamerozmen) Role: UK Area Services Lead Lives: London Family: … Read more »

LIVE: #MicrosoftEDU event

Our #MicrosoftEDU event starts at 2:30pm (UK time) today. When technology and education come together, possibility becomes reality. #MicrosoftEDU pic.twitter.com/gEo8Volfr1 — Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 2, 2017 … Read more »

Prime Minister Theresa May hails the future of UK tech during Microsoft visit

Prime Minister Theresa May has hailed the “amazing work” being done by Microsoft, during a recent visit to the company’s UK headquarters. The PM reiterated the country’s “valued relationship” with the technology firm after being shown how artificial intelligence and products such as mixed-reality headset HoloLens allow businesses and organisations … Read more »

You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself

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Microsoft recently held its first ever Women’s Wellness event, which focused on how to keep your mind and body fit and healthy inside and outside the office. Those sharing their thoughts included Olympic gold-medal-winning hockey player Crista Cullen, BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Clare McDonnell and Microsoft UK’s Senior Human Resources … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Black Friday: The best Microsoft deals

Black Friday

Microsoft is offering hundreds of pounds off some of its best-known products for Black Friday. The company has reduced prices on its tablets, games consoles, games and accessories for the event, which takes place on November 25. Shoppers can save hundreds of pounds on a Surface Pro 4 while also getting … 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: Chancellor Philip Hammond vows to tackle cyber criminals

Philip Hammond, Microsoft, chancellor, Future Decoded

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 »

Cindy Rose: Decoding Digital Transformation

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By Cindy Rose The 2016 edition of Future Decoded comes as we are at the dawn of what many believe is the fourth industrial revolution. As with the first revolution in the 18th century, which witnessed the rise of industrial scale manufacturing; the second, the harnessing of electrical power for … Read more »

Buy a Surface, get an Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle

Xbox One S

Everyone loves getting more – you walk into a shop, buy something and you’re also given extra stuff. What could be better? Microsoft knows that Britons love a bargain, so if you buy a Surface, you now get an Xbox, too. But you don’t just get any Xbox, you get the … Read more »

Students vote Microsoft top employer for undergraduates

Students have named Microsoft as the best employer for undergraduates in the UK. The technology company scored highly on a staff member’s day-to-day role and responsibilities, the firm itself and social opportunities, in Ratemyplacement’s annual guide. The guide analyses all the student-written reviews on Ratemyplacement.co.uk relating to large companies that offer … Read more »

Technology is unearthing hidden art in the Tate’s collection

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People will get the chance to see rarely-viewed art from the Tate’s collection in a new exhibition that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to match historic paintings with modern photos. The display at Tate Britain will use cutting-edge technology to study the latest pictures from global news agency Reuters and compare them with one … Read more »

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 »

60 Seconds with… Lift London chief Lee Schuneman

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Name: Lee Schuneman Role: Studio Head of Lift London Age: 46 Lives: Hampstead, London Family: Wife and three children – one son and two daughters Pets: None Hobbies: BAFTA committee member and chair of Breakthrough Brits, movies (Japanese animation and Disney), music (I use an app to make music while … Read more »

The graphs that reveal the UK’s huge digital skills gap

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A series of new academies is to be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual and a select group of colleges. Here, … 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 »

Experts call for increased efforts to help prevent online child sexual abuse

Tackling online sexual abuse

By Jacqueline Beauchere Vile images are being taken out of online circulation; child victims are being identified and rescued; and perpetrators are being apprehended, but awareness-raising and educational efforts need to increase to help prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to experts attending an international conference in London this week. … Read more »

Pride 2016: Microsoft staff join a million people in London

Microsoft revealed its biggest ever turnout at a record-breaking Pride Festival in London. More than a million people watched 40,000 people take part in the parade on June 25, and 150 Microsoft staff joined them. Under the motto of “be yourself with a smile”, GLEAM – Microsoft’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender … Read more »

Game inspired by Pratchett’s Discworld could net UK students $50,000

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A computer game inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld could win four students in the UK $50,000 (£34,000) and a mentoring session with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. Riccardo DeLuca, Michael Harty, Thomas Mahoney and Ciaran Harty will compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals next month in Seattle after winning the UK … Read more »

Pride 2016: changing what it means to be LGBT

Microsoft at Pride

On June 25, Microsoft will join 250 other companies to celebrate the 44th annual Pride in London festival. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event first started as a parade in 1972 to take a stance against discrimination and violence towards people who were LGBT and to mark the … Read more »

Pride 2016: Microsoft’s biggest ever turnout

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Microsoft revealed its biggest ever turnout at this year’s Pride Festival in London at the weekend. Almost 300 groups from across the country took part in the parade on June 25, and hundreds of Microsoft staff joined them. Under the motto of “be yourself with a smile”, GLEAM – Microsoft’s … Read more »

Xbox E3 2016 Briefing: Live

E3 2016 kicks off this week, with all of the biggest game developers and publishers converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center to reveal the latest games. Xbox will start coverage of the three-day event at 5:30pm (UK time) with the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, which you can watch live, here: … Read more »

Computational thinking, 10 years later

By Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research “Not in my lifetime.” That’s what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in schools in the United States. It was 2009, and I was addressing a gathering of attendees to a workshop on … 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 »

Microsoft’s perspective on the EU referendum

Ahead of the referendum in June, we’ve been asked by employees, customers and partners about Microsoft’s view on the UK’s membership of the European Union. As a business in an industry which will be affected by the decision we have carefully examined our position. First and foremost, we want to … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »