Press Releases

Xbox: Demand for Xbox One X is really high

Demand for the Xbox One X is “really high”, the head of Xbox in the UK and Ireland has said. Following the launch of the world’s most powerful console on November 7, Harvey Eagle advised people to order their Xbox One X as soon as possible if they want it … 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 »

Manchester City will win the Premier League, predicts Bing

The wait is nearly over for football fans as the 2016/17 Premier League season kicks off this weekend. Microsoft’s search engine Bing has predicted that Manchester City will win the league with 94 points, five  clear of local rivals Manchester United with 89, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal with 88 and … 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 »

The Xbox Summer update starts rolling out

by Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app has started rolling out, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re … 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 »

How can STEM subjects support young people with autism?

By Helen Dyer Children on the Autism Spectrum & Parents Association (CASPA) has been working to support children and young people with autism and their families in south London for 15 years. Autism is a lifelong neurological developmental condition which affects all aspects of a person’s life. It is often … Read more »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

Microsoft Lumia phones

June marks the start of festival season, and as some of the world’s biggest acts head to Britain to entertain the crowds, we’ve rounded up some of the best apps for your Windows Phone to help you party all day. Must-have apps include Shazam, which allows you to instantly identify … Read more »

BBC micro:bit: pocket-sized codeable computer available to all

BBC micro:bit

A mini-computer that UK schoolchildren have turned into watches, stepometers and musical instruments has now been released for general sale across the country. The BBC micro:bit, which has been handed to 800,000 youngsters across the UK free of charge, can now be bought online. It is hoped the fully programmable … 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

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 »

The Demons of Doom: Then and Now

Doom

The original Doom blasted onto the scene in 1994, in an era where 3D gaming was in its infancy and almost no one had dedicated graphics cards in their PCs. Nevertheless, the designers at id Software squeezed terror and menace out of every single pixel. Now, with the launch of … 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 »

60 seconds with Hugh Milward

woman standing in park using surface tablet

Hugh Milward has been appointed Senior Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft, overseeing the company’s legal and corporate affairs activities in the UK. The News Centre sat down with Hugh to find out more about his role, the challenges he will face and what he hopes to … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Make more of your day with the Lumia 650

Woman holding Microsoft Lumia smartphone

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. But there are only really two ways to improve productivity – you either work harder, or work smarter. Today Microsoft announced the Lumia 650 – the latest smartphone to run on Windows … Read more »

Safer Internet Day: Top 10 online safety tips

Today marks Safer Internet Day 2016 and Microsoft wants to help educate, engage, and inspire people to better protect themselves and others online. Here are some useful tips to make sure you’re staying safe on the internet. For further support and advice about internet safety, please visit: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016 Get support … Read more »

Microsoft donates $1bn of cloud services

Microsoft Cloud services

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 »

Prime Minister David Cameron learns to code with Minecraft

Prime Minister David Cameron with school children from Eastlea Community School

Microsoft’s partnership with Code.org, and the specially created Hour of Code Minecraft tutorial, has the bold ambition of helping millions of young people to start coding. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella went back to school in the US and here in London, the Prime Minister, the Education Secretary and a number … 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 »

Microsoft mobilises Minecraft and BBC micro:bits to get kids coding

Schoolkids use BBC micro:bits and Minecraft to learn coding

By Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK Computer Science Education Week kicks off on Monday and we’re supporting events around the country with Microsoft staff, BBC micro:bits and even the phenomenally popular Minecraft franchise, all in an effort to enthuse kids about the world of computer science. We … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Michel Van der Bel: Decoding the future

Michel Van der Bel

By Michel Van der Bel, Managing Director, Microsoft UK We live in a world of profound change and transformation, where the results of decades of research into sensors, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are coming together to reshape our world in ways unprecedented since the turn of … 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 »

Xbox One’s “Halo 5: Guardians” Launches with a Bang

Four teams of four – made up of YouTubers and Fans – battled it out on stage to become the UK Halo Champions

Last night, fans, media and YouTubers turned out in force to celebrate the launch of Halo 5: Guardians at Camden Roundhouse, London. Hosted by Graeme Boyd and Julia Hardy, and with over 400 guests in attendance, the scene was set with Halo memorabilia ahead of the arrival of iconic lead … 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 »

Windows 10 Devices: a new chapter

It’s been an incredible few months for Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows 10 in July, we now have 110 million devices around the world running our new operating system. At an event in New York on 6th October, we announced the next chapter, unveiling a new era of Windows … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Windows 10: It’s time to #UpgradeYourWorld

Today marks a significant step towards an era of more personal computing, as we release Windows 10 to the world. Windows 10 is now available across 190 countries as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices, as well as with new PCs and tablets. With Windows 10 we’ve … 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 »

The shutter closes on Bing Originals, but who are our winners?

Last month, Bing.com, with support from Dazed Magazine, announced a photographic competition ‘Bing Originals’, in a bid to find up and coming photographic talent in Britain.  Candidates were asked to answer one question with an image.  ‘What makes you stop and think?’ Over the last 4 weeks entries have been … 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 »

Be Original. Be Bing.

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

Challenge for Change: have you cast your vote?

In the week that election fever grips the UK, the finalists of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change also want your vote – and the process is now officially open. So who will you vote for? Now in its third year, the global Challenge for Change initiative encourages young people 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 »

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 »

This month’s latest and greatest apps for Windows Phones

Microsoft Lumia phone with apps

This month has seen the launch of some great new games – 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 return … 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 »

Make sense of your health: Microsoft Band coming to the UK

17 March 2015 – Pre-orders start today with UK availability on April 15; Microsoft UK’s Director of New Devices, Leila Martine, shares her first-“wrist” experience. Following the successful introduction in the US last year, we couldn’t be more excited to introduce Microsoft Health and the Microsoft Band here in the … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »