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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 »

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 »

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 »

World-famous architect sees his buildings recreated using HoloLens

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Hololens

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 »

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

Football

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 »

Blockchain banking gets a boost from Azure

piggy bank

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 »