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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 »

How to set up your Windows mixed-reality headset

Microsoft has launched affordable and easy-to-use mixed-reality headsets that will include content from the Steam gaming platform and Halo franchise. The technology announced a range of devices and motion controllers from HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer. “Mixed reality is the future, and we want everyone on the journey with us,” … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Here’s how to find out if people are reading the emails you send

Did you know there’s an add-in for Outlook that helps you work more efficiently? MyAnalytics lets you prioritise your time and show you who is reading the email you’ve sent, among other things, in an easy-to-use dashboard layout. Here’s everything you need to know, along with details about new mixed-reality … 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 »

Charities know they need a cybersecurity plan, so why do so few have one?

By Eve Joseph, UK Responsibility Manager at Microsoft It’s no surprise that cybersecurity is a priority for most charity-technology leaders today, but does the wider charity workforce understand the need to invest in it? With more digital threats today than ever, it’s important that charities put plans in place to mitigate potential risks and address any skills … 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 »

Everything you need to know about Xbox at Gamescom in three minutes

We bring you the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, the Xbox One S Limited Edition Minecraft bundle, and news on games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, State of Decay 2, Forza Motorsport 7, ReCore Definitive Edition, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Xbox Backward Compatibility and more. … 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 »

Your first look at the next major Xbox system update

Larry Hryb, also known as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and Mike Ybarra, from Platform Engineering, walk through the next major system update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalised and social than ever before. … 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 »

Perception and Refunct: the latest games you should play this weekend

The latest set of games to hit the Windows Store this week serves up everything from a soothing obstacle-laden world designed to help you relax and unwind, to dinosaur-riding, rocket-wielding explosive mayhem (and everything in between): Refunct Refunct is a first-person platformer that sees you jumping off walls, pipes, lifts and springboards, … 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 »

Xbox at E3: media briefing

Xbox held a media briefing on Sunday at E3, the annual videogame conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in California. Find out all the latest on Xbox by watching the video below: … 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 »

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 »

This week in Windows: new app partners for Surface Dial

This Week on Windows: just in time for the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve got a host of new app partners for Surface Dial, Forza gets a new car pack and embarks on the third season of its Racing Championship – all thanks to a Porsche partnership. Plus, we give … 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 »

The most powerful Surface Book yet is coming to the UK

Surface Book

The Surface Book with Performance base is coming to the UK. The device, which boasts more processing power and a longer-lasting battery than Microsoft’s original Surface Book, is available to pre-order from today, ahead of its release in this country on April 20. The redesigned Surface Book features 6th Gen i7 … 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 »

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 »

The Famous Five go digital for 75th anniversary writing competition

A competition to find talented young authors who can write a book in the style of Enid Blyton has been launched to mark the 75th anniversary of The Famous Five novels. In celebration of this anniversary year, Hodder Children’s Books, a part of the Hachette Children’s Group, is re-releasing all 21 original … Read more »

World-famous architect sees his buildings recreated using HoloLens

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World-famous architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has expressed his delight after Microsoft and Trimble helped to recreate some of his most well-known buildings using HoloLens. The 88-year-old Brazilian said it was “fantastic” that he could see his creations using Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset, which places computer-generated holograms in the real world. … 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 »

Arsenal to drop out of top four after Liverpool defeat, Bing predicts

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Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will suffer a blow this weekend when they drop out of the top four, Bing has predicted. Arsene Wenger’s men take on Liverpool at Anfield, with Microsoft’s search engine predicting that the hosts will clinch a victory (55% chance). Liverpool’s victory … Read more »

Xbox reveals unlimited subscription service called Game Pass

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Xbox has announced a new subscription service that gives gamers unlimited access to more than 100 titles on the console. Xbox Game Pass will feature games from Microsoft Studios – including 343 Industries, The Coalition and Rare. Microsoft is also working closely with top industry publishing partners, including 2K, 505 … 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 »

Forza races past $1bn in retail sales, Xbox reveals

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Forza, the car racing franchise, has racked up more than $1 billion in retail sales, Xbox has announced. Microsoft Studios launched the first title in the popular gaming series in 2005 and released the latest, Forza Horizon 3, last September. It is the fifth Microsoft franchise to surpass the $1 … 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 »

Halo Wars 2: Here’s the launch trailer everyone has been waiting for

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Xbox has released the official launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, the latest installment in the hugely popular franchise. The real-time strategy (RTS) game, which will be released later this month, allows players to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces – including Warthogs, Scorpions and other new units – in … Read more »

Safer Internet Day: Microsoft’s five top tips for online safety

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To mark Safer Internet Day, Microsoft has released its Digital Civility Challenge – a set of four tenets to encourage people to think about their behaviour online and how it affects others, creating a safer experience for all users. The company’s YouthSpark Hub also provides young people and adults alike … Read more »

Microsoft launches digital skills programme for the UK

Microsoft has launched a programme to teach digital skills to people across the UK to ensure the country remains one of the global leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other next-generation technologies. The announcement, which corresponded with a visit by Chancellor Philip Hammond to the company’s UK headquarters, revealed … Read more »

2017 predictions: Cybersecurity will take centre stage

So far this week, Microsoft’s leaders in the UK have looked at artificial intelligence, the cloud, games and apps. Today, we turn our attention to cybersecurity and education. Stuart Aston, UK National Security Officer at Microsoft, comments on how we keep our data secure as more of us surround ourselves … Read more »

2017 predictions: the apps we’ll use and the games we’ll play

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In the latest instalment of our week-long look at what Microsoft UK’s leaders believe will happen in 2017, we turn to apps and games. Lee Schuneman, head of Lift London, focuses on digital reality technologies and how they can be used to help us push forward healthcare and education; while Harvey Eagle, at … Read more »

Here’s what leaders at Microsoft UK think will happen in 2017

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As it’s January, you’re probably focused on two things: keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, and wondering what the next 12 months will bring. This month is a good time to look forward. January is the namesake of Janus (Roman god of transitions), whose two faces look ahead to the future … Read more »

Chelsea to tighten hold on Premier League, Bing predicts

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Chelsea will extend their lead at the top of the Premier League when they beat Leicester City this weekend, Bing has predicted. Antonio Conte’s men have a 41% chance of beating last season’s champions, which will push the club up to a total of 52 points, widening the gap between … Read more »

Apprentice star Bianca Miller reveals her top tips for starting a business

Microsoft has teamed up with Apprentice finalist and entrepreneur Bianca Miller to launch the #My365 campaign, which aims to help budding business owners start their own venture in just 365 hours. Miller founded The Be Group, a specialist provider of personal branding, image consultancy and employability skills training. She will be offering … 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 »

Brits have loved 2016 – and here are the emoji to prove it

The UK may have experienced ups and downs in the past year but Brits were determined to stay positive, at least when it came to messaging their friends. SwiftKey, the smartphone keyboard app, has revealed the 10 most-used emojis in the UK in 2016, and the list is dominated by happy faces. The … 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 »

Zombies take over London shopping centre for Dead Rising 4 release

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People moaning and shuffling around a shopping centre in December would normally be called “Christmas shopping”. However, the figures walking around Bloomsbury in London on Monday night looked like they had been digging through earth rather than bargain bins. Xbox officially launched Dead Rising 4, one of the most popular … Read more »

Premier League: Top four to break away from chasing pack, Bing predicts

The top four teams in the Premier League will break away from the chasing pack after this weekend’s matches, Bing has predicted. Microsoft’s search engine expects Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester to win their respective games, while fifth-placed Tottenham will only manage to draw against sixth-placed Manchester United. This will … Read more »

The World Skills Show: where the present meets the future

By Jaipriya Kaur Rai The World Skills Show is the UK’s largest careers event – and I was lucky enough to be there with Microsoft. The one-stop-shop for jobs, held in Birmingham recently, aims to be an interactive aid for youngsters who are considering what they would like to do … 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 »

Help your children stay safe online with Xbox Family Hub

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Xbox is helping children have fun and stay safe online this Christmas by launching a family hub. With the Xbox One S outselling rival consoles in September and October, and Black Friday deals proving popular with shoppers, Microsoft is helping parents make sure their children are having fun in a secure … 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 »

Black Friday: The best Microsoft deals

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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 »

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 »

Wayne Rooney most searched-for player on Bing following England row

Wayne Rooney was the most searched-for player on Bing in the past week after the Manchester United and England star was criticised for attending a wedding. The midfielder has “unreservedly” apologised for “inappropriate” pictures of him at an event at the England hotel a day after his team beat Scotland … Read more »

Hour of Code: You can now create your own version of Minecraft

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Minecraft fans can now create their own version of the game and choose how it works, in a new release by Microsoft and Mojang. Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free coding tutorial for students and teachers, lets users make their own world in the popular block-building title and program … Read more »

Be the best at Microsoft Office and win a trip to America

A competition to find the best user of Microsoft Office in the UK and Ireland has been launched, with a grand prize of a trip to the US to compete for the world title and thousands of pounds. The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship will pit teams of students from … Read more »

Gas Guzzlers Extreme: the best games you should download this week

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From blowing up spaceships to shooting cars, here are the best games to download this week. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom An alchemist’s apprentice returns home from university to finish her training under a great master, but little does she know a real paranormal adventure has only just begun. She must … 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 »

People are buying more Xbox Ones than any other console

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People in the UK bought more Xbox Ones than any other games console in October, new research has revealed. Figures from leading market research company GfK Entertainment revealed that Microsoft’s console was the best-selling product of its kind for the second consecutive month. Microsoft has launched a range of Xbox One … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is released to help children learn in schools

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A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn has been released after feedback from tens of thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition, which is already being used in 10,000 classrooms across the world, allows pupils to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game. Teachers can also take … 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 »

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

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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 »

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 »

Zombie apocalypse: the latest games you need to download now

From fighting zombies to helping a young, blind girl on her life-changing journey, here are the best games to download this week. Zombie Anarchy In Zombie Anarchy, you must gather skilled survivors to your side and unite against relentless attackers – both living and dead. Scavenge in the city, wage … Read more »

I saw how rocket cars can change children’s lives

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When I was told to go “to the races”, I was thinking Aintree or Royal Ascot. However, my destination was North Liverpool Academy, and the races involved rocket cars being fired across the school’s playground. It was all part of the Race for the Line competition, which is open to primary schools … Read more »

A company that makes meetings worth going to just raised $1m

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A company that allows people to easily share ideas and content during meetings and presentations has secured $1 million of funding to expand into the US. Glisser, which enables presenters to interact and share slides with audiences via their smartphones, has been handed investment from backers including Downing Ventures, the London … Read more »

Microsoft releases special Minecraft Xbox One S bundle

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Microsoft has released a special Minecraft Xbox One S bundle that brings together a range of texture and skin packs. The new set includes tokens for Xbox and Windows 10 versions of the game and an Xbox Live membership, so players can work together to build worlds up to 16 times bigger than on the … Read more »

Microsoft and HP team up to transform tech in schools

Microsoft and HP have teamed up to transform how technology is used in schools. The companies have chosen 61 schools across the world – including three in the UK – that will receive hi-tech tools to ensure children learn the latest digital skills. Along with Digital Promise Global, a non-profit organisation … Read more »

Microsoft launches Dynamics 365 to help companies grow in the cloud

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Microsoft has launched a new range of business apps to help companies grow using the cloud. Dynamics 365 combines services such as accounting, sales, marketing and customer service with data analysis tools, artificial intelligence and Power BI to give firms a unique insight into how they work. Companies can choose which of … Read more »

Microsoft launches HoloLens in the UK

Microsoft is releasing HoloLens, its mixed-reality headset, in the UK. The company announced that people in six new markets can now pre-order the device, which allows users to see computer-generated holograms in the real world and has been used by organisations such as NASA and Audi. From today, HoloLens is available to pre-order in the … Read more »

Minecraft Halloween skins: the best apps and games to download this week

From spooky skins and capturing castles to finalising floor plans, here is this week’s best apps and games to download now. Minecraft: Campfire Tales skin pack The Minecraft: Campfire Tales skin pack has been released for Halloween and features 16 skins, including the Headless Haunter, Lumbering Jack, the Sea-Swallowed Captain, the … Read more »

ReCore robot dog Mack is brought to life by UK firm

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Man’s best friend has become an engineer’s best friend after a UK company built a fully working version of the robot dog in ReCore. Mack, as the canine is known, plays a key role in the new Xbox game, helping heroine Joule Adams solve puzzles and fight enemies on a ravaged world … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is given a release date

A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn will be released in November after feedback from thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition allows classrooms to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game, while teachers can take photos of pupils’ work and create plans, guides and chalkboards to … 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 »

Two-thirds of university students worry about finding a job, study reveals

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Nearly two-thirds of university students are worried about finding a job after they graduate, according to a study released today. The high levels of uncertainty come as record numbers of youngsters start higher education courses across the country, following the publication of A-Level results last month. The research, from Microsoft Surface, found … 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 »

Xbox unveils special green console to mark Battlefield 1 release

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Xbox has unveiled a special edition green console to mark the release of first-person war game Battlefield 1. The title, which goes on sale next month, allows players to fight in some of history’s greatest conflicts, such as the First World War and in the deserts of Arabia, in a range of vehicles. … Read more »

Rockstar releasing limited edition Gears of War 4 can

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Rockstar Energy Drink is selling a limited edition can in the UK to mark the upcoming release of Gears of War 4 on Xbox. From October 1, fans will be able to collect under-the-tab codes on special cans of Rockstar Energy Original and use them online to unlock exclusive in-game content. Gamers will also … 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 »

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 »

Minecraft to WeChat: the best new apps and indie games to download now

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From building worlds in Minecraft to staying in touch with your friends using WeChat, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. WeChat (update) WeChat offers free texting, voice messages and video calls from your phone. Instant messaging includes group chats and animated smileys, while … 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 »

The best new apps and indie games to download now

From catching slime to building towns, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Facebook (update) The new Windows 10 app is significantly faster than running Facebook on the internet, while the Facebook Live tile helps you find out what your friends and family are … Read more »

The best new apps and indie games you need to download

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From fast-paced arcade titles to puzzling mysteries, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Alto’s Adventure Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient … Read more »

Gamescom: FIFA 17 bundle for Xbox unveiled

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Xbox has kicked off its presence at the world’s largest video game show by announcing a new FIFA package. Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Head of Marketing, used the start of Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, to unveil the Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. … 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!

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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 »