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Black Friday 2017: Bargain hunters are buying for themselves

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“‘Twas a month before Christmas and all through the house, loads of presents but none for the spouse.” Black Friday is almost here! People across the country are hunting for money down the back of the sofa and warming up their mouse-clicking fingers for the biggest shopping day of the … Read more »

GDPR: The five things teachers should do first

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will reshape the way organisations approach data privacy in the European Union and beyond. GDPR will come into force on May 25, 2018, and is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe and to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It covers such topics … Read more »

SwiftKey now lets you personalise keyboards with your own photos

SwiftKey users can now personalise the keyboard app with personal pictures, the company has announced. Photo Themes lets people upload their own images to create a keyboard that’s unique to them. To launch the new feature, SwiftKey, a British company owned by Microsoft, has teamed up with professional adventure photographer … Read more »

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 »

Your Doritos craving could win you an Xbox One X

UK gamers could win an Xbox One X by buying a packet of Doritos. The tortilla chip maker has teamed up with Xbox to give away a version of the world’s most powerful console, plus an extra controller and five games every day until the end of the year. Thousands … Read more »

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: HoloLens to be rolled out to 29 new countries

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Microsoft will expand the availability of HoloLens by launching the headset in 29 new countries across Europe, the company announced at Future Decoded. The mixed-reality device, which allows wearers to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them, is being used by NASA to recreate Mars, Audi and Saab, … 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 »

Forza Motorsport 7: Nine cars you should definitely drive

Forza Motorsport 7 has been released on PC and Xbox One, and the Xbox One X version is available on November 7, when the new console launches. The game features more than 30 tracks and over 700 cars, including the largest collection of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches ever, and each … Read more »

This is how you turn your Minecraft creations into 3D models

The Minecraft Team recently released the Better Together Update, designed to unify the console, mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under one single Minecraft. It includes cross-platform play, infinite worlds, the community Marketplace and servers (which are coming soon). For Windows 10 PC players, there’s also integration … Read more »

With HoloLens, police can now take the crime scene back to the station

Black Marble, a member of the Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality Partner Program (MRPP), is one of many agencies creating ground-breaking applications for the device. It has seen the potential benefits that mixed reality brings to an enterprise by blending virtual and physical worlds, enabling revolutionary experiences to improve business processes … Read more »

Future Decoded: welcome to the quantum age

By Rob Fraser, Senior Director of Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft   Sitting on the desk next to me as I write this is a small, red and black glass valve. Loaned to me by the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, it’s a part of one of the … Read more »

Former Manchester United footballers launch pioneering university

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Manchester United footballers from the famous “Class of 92” have teamed up with organisations including Microsoft to launch a “game changing” university in the heart of the city. UA92, which will be based in Trafford, was the brainchild of Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, … Read more »

The era of Windows Mixed Reality begins October 17

By Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft Mixed reality will unleash the creativity of every person and every organization on the planet. Our journey has been filled with key moments in time that have shown us what is possible as we enter this next era of computing, the era of … Read more »

Hands-on with the Xbox One X at EGX: in pictures

EGX, the largest videogame event in the UK, has kicked off in style at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s a particularly special few days for Xbox, as EGX will be the only place where gamers can try out the Xbox One X before it is released on November 7. As … Read more »

You can now pre-order an Xbox One X in the UK

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The Xbox One X can be pre-ordered from today, Microsoft has announced. Gamers can now reserve the most powerful console ever made from select retailers and the Microsoft Store ahead of its release on November 7. On Tuesday, videogame retailer Game tweeted: “Get ready. The most powerful console in the … Read more »

The number of schoolchildren who could learn digital skills just exploded

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Hundreds of thousands more schoolchildren in Scotland could be taught vital digital skills after a scheme backed by major companies including Microsoft was expanded. The Digital Schools Awards Scotland encourages schools to partner with colleges, universities and employers to embed technology skills in a range of lessons. It is hoped … Read more »

The Windows 10 Creators Update has a release date

Microsoft’s keynote at IFA in Berlin – one of the world’s largest trade shows for consumer electronics – saw plenty of news for tech fans to sink their teeth into. This week has already been a busy one for the company. On Monday, more details were shared surrounding Windows Mixed … Read more »

The rush to pre-order the Xbox One X has broken records

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The Xbox One X has become the fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever, Microsoft has confirmed. Gaming fans could reserve a special edition version of the console on Sunday, August 20 ahead of its release on November 7. Just five days later, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition has sold out … Read more »

Skype now lets you send money to friends and family

Skype users can now send money to friends and family via the video call and messaging service by linking their account with PayPal. The new service, called Send Money, lets people in the UK transfer funds via the Skype mobile app while they are in the middle of a conversation. … 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 »

A top UK hospital has proved that technology and treatment go hand-in-hand

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One of the UK’s leading hospitals for treating rare and complex conditions will start using Microsoft technology to ensure staff continue to give patients the best possible care. Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals, is to become the largest healthcare organisation in England to run … 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 »

A two-minute guide to how mixed reality will change your world

Mixed reality. Virtual reality. Augmented reality. What’s the difference, and how will blending the physical and digital worlds empower you to do things that were previously impossible? Most importantly, how will all this affect our trousers? Learn all this and more on episode three of the Story Labs animated series … Read more »

BBC and Microsoft experiment lets viewers talk to their TV

The BBC has worked with Microsoft to create an experimental version of iPlayer that lets viewers talk to their television and find their favourite programmes. The experimental version of the popular service, which allows people to watch BBC television shows and listen to the radio via the internet, uses artificial … 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 »

Minecraft Better Together Update released as beta

A Minecraft update that lets players on Xbox and Windows PCs team up with friends on Apple and Google devices has been released as a beta. The Better Together Update has been rolled out as a beta on Windows 10 and Android, with Xbox One beta access to follow soon. … Read more »

Microsoft HoloLens is helping architects to build better buildings, says RIBA

Architects are constructing better public buildings and spaces in the UK thanks to the growing popularity of cutting-edge technology such as Microsoft HoloLens, the industry’s professional body has said. Switching from pens and paper to mixed-reality headsets, cloud computing and digital collaboration tools has transformed how architectural firms operate. This … 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 »

Microsoft at London Pride 2017: in pictures

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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 »

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 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 »

Xbox lets UK gamers customise their controllers with Design Lab

Xbox is launching its controller customisation programme in the UK, Microsoft has announced. The Xbox Design Lab allows gamers to choose the colours of their accessory and engrave it with a personal message. Up until now the service has only been available in the US and Canada, with hundreds of … Read more »

Digital transformation just got a lot easier for financial firms

Financial companies that want to digitally transform how they work can now use artificial intelligence and machine learning to oversee and accurately measure the change. London-based GainX has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a platform that allows executives at banks and other financial firms to monitor innovation plans, investment, … Read more »

Surface Studio gets UK release date

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The Surface Studio, a Microsoft device designed for creatives and professionals, will be released in the UK next month, the company has announced. Microsoft used a special event in Shanghai on Tuesday to reveal that the all-in-one PC is available to pre-order now and will ship in June. The Surface … Read more »

Microsoft unveils fastest, lightest and most powerful Surface Pro yet

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro laptop that is faster, lighter and lasts longer than any other device in the range. Simply called Surface Pro, the device was announced at a special event in Shanghai on Tuesday, by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice-President of Devices. The completely redesigned two-in-one … 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 »

Eurovision: UK has 1% chance of winning, Bing predicts

The UK has just a 1% chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, Bing has predicted. Microsoft’s search engine has crunched the numbers on all 26 competitors and belives Lucie Jones is 12th in the list of performers who are most likely to take top spot in the … 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 »

Microsoft expands UK cloud offering with Dynamics 365 launch

Dynamics 365

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 »