Smart cities

The latest news on how Microsoft is helping to improve technology in cities

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

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

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 »

Cities Unlocked: A voyage of discovery

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Code.org launches Hour of Code

Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web and to coincide with this Code.org is launching a campaign to bring the joy of coding to every student and every classroom in the UK. Technology changes everything. If you look back over the past 25 years the pace … Read more »