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A simple guide to quantum computing – in less than four minutes

It would take today’s computers billions of years to solve the world’s most complex problems, whereas a quantum computer could provide answers in just a few hours. This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials and more. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Chief Executive, has previously spoken … Read more »

Spurs to knock Chelsea out of the top four this weekend, Bing predicts

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Tottenham fans celebrating after last weekend’s win against Arsenal could have another reason to celebrate come Sunday, Bing has predicted. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been given a 67% chance of beating Crystal Palace away this Sunday. If Microsoft’s search engine proves to be correct in its prediction, we could very … Read more »

Ordnance Survey used Microsoft AI to ‘see’ roofs – and it could save you money

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Artificial intelligence could soon help homeowners save money on insuring their house, after Ordnance Survey (OS) taught Microsoft technology to identify roofs. People who own properties with flat roofs can be charged more for insurance due to potential problems with sagging or damp, as rainwater may not run off properly. … Read more »

Completing Sea of Thieves and becoming a pirate legend unlocks a hideout and new quests, ships and treasures, Rare reveals

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Completing Sea of Thieves by becoming a pirate legend unlocks a new section of the game featuring hideouts, special ships and unique treasures, its makers have revealed. Developers at Rare said last month that players of the highly-anticipated shared-world adventure game can complete quests from trading companies with the aim … Read more »

Premier League: Tottenham to deal huge blow to Arsenal’s Champions League hopes, Bing predicts

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Tottenham will deal a serious blow to Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by beating their North London rivals this weekend, Bing has predicted. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will remain in fourth place after taking all three points at Wembley on Saturday but will open up a seven-point gap … Read more »

Surgeons use Microsoft HoloLens to ‘see inside’ patients before they operate on them

Surgeons in the UK are using Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset to “see inside” patients before they operate on them. A team at Imperial College London are wearing HoloLens devices in operating theatres so they can spot key blood vessels, bones and muscles, making procedures quicker and safer. HoloLens allows the surgeons … Read more »

UK edtech firm Tribal Group enlists Microsoft Azure in its fight against student dropouts

A UK company whose student support technology is used by the University of Oxford and King’s College London has signed up to Microsoft’s cloud platform to ensure it can help more people remain in education. Tribal Group, which is based in Bristol, has created some of the world’s leading Student … Read more »

Hoaxes, scams and frauds among biggest complaints from UK internet users, Microsoft research reveals

Hoaxes, scams and frauds are some of the biggest problems UK internet users face, new research from Microsoft has found. The company’s Digital Civility Index, which looks at negative behaviour on the internet and its consequences, revealed that 22% of people who responded to the survey had been the target … Read more »

Manchester City will take a step closer to Premier League title this weekend, Bing predicts

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Manchester City will move a step closer to the Premier League title this weekend by beating Burnley, Bing has predicted. City will top the table with 71 points, with Manchester United maintaining the 15-point gap with victory against Huddersfield. Chelsea will remain three points below José Mourinho’s men following their … Read more »

Microsoft launches first AI residency outside the US, so UK graduates can learn from the best experts in the world

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The first artificial intelligence residency outside of the US is to be launched in the UK by Microsoft. The technology company is inviting graduates with an interest in AI and machine learning to apply for the one-year residency programme, working alongside world-leading experts to solve real-world problems. While other US-based … Read more »

Computer criminal who pretended to be from Microsoft is sentenced

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A man from Leicestershire has been given a suspended prison sentence for pretending to be a Microsoft employee to gain access to people’s computers. Narendra Vadgama, from Barrow upon Soar, “didn’t care” about his victims when he cold-called to offer them phony computer support services, the judge said during sentencing. … Read more »

Staffordshire University has a £17m plan to make the West Midlands a hub for digital skills

A new £17m apprenticeship hub is to be built in the West Midlands amid growing demand for digital skills in the region. Staffordshire University plans to start work on the project at its Stoke-on-Trent campus after securing support from organisations and companies including Microsoft. More people in the West Midlands … Read more »

Bett 2018: Technology is changing the world and schools must change too, says Microsoft Vice-President of Education Anthony Salcito

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Governments and schools need to change the way children are taught as technology creates more learning opportunities outside the classroom, the Vice-President of Education at Microsoft has said. Anthony Salcito (above), who oversees the worldwide execution of the company’s vision for education, added that the world will need “amazing teachers” … Read more »

Using holograms to train nurses: Pearson and Microsoft launch mixed-reality curriculum

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An app that uses holograms of patients to train nurses is part of a new curriculum being launched by education company Pearson and Microsoft. The firms have worked together to create a mixed-reality curriculum of six apps that use Microsoft’s HoloLens and other Windows headsets to immerse students in subject … Read more »

The NHS is about to take an ‘important’ step into the cloud, says Microsoft

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The Government has taken an “important” step in providing clarity to the NHS on storing patient information in the cloud, Microsoft has said. Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has signed off on guidance that helps public health organisations move data from on-site servers to cloud … Read more »

Microsoft Ventures has helped a translation service that uses AI and humans raise $23 million

A translation company that uses artificial intelligence alongside human editors has raised $23 million from investors including Microsoft Ventures. Unbabel, which is currently in Microsoft’s UK accelerator programme for start-ups, is being used by travel, retail and digital companies to automatically translate their websites, emails or other content into dozens … Read more »

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds racks up three million gamers on Xbox One in less than a month

More than three million gamers are playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Xbox One, Microsoft has announced. Following its success on PC, the multiplayer online battle royale was exclusively launched on the Xbox One on December 12. Since then the game’s popularity has grown, with millions of people joining the PUBG … Read more »

TalkTalk: People do their best work when they work when, where and how they want

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By Gary Steen, Chief Technology Officer at TalkTalk TalkTalk Telecom Group is a value provider of telecom services in the UK. We believe that reasonably priced, reliable telecom services should be available to everyone, and we provide both businesses and consumers with landline, mobile, broadband and many other services. However, … Read more »

What happens when a digital company tries to digitally transform? TalkTalk found out

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To stay ahead of the competition, telecom provider TalkTalk is transforming its work culture by overhauling its physical workspace and technology tools. The company moved to an open floor-plan office and outfitted employees with Microsoft 365 Enterprise, which empowers them with tools to work more creatively, collaboratively, and securely from … Read more »

Microsoft has launched the biggest technology competition in the UK – and is looking for entries

Students who create technology that solves real-world problems are being invited to enter a Microsoft competition with a grand prize worth $100,000. The company is looking for young developers in the UK to enter the Imagine Cup, one of the world’s leading contests for young entrepreneurs. Submissions for the UK … Read more »

Kids design rocket-powered sleigh for Santa – with a little help from Microsoft Paint 3D

Microsoft recently invited children and their parents to its UK headquarters to learn more about coding and designing using its products. The boys and girls used Surface devices and a free Minecraft tutorial called A Hero’s Journey to write code and build structures in the popular block-building game. A Hero’s … Read more »

PUBG creator Brendan Greene answers Xbox fans’ questions about his mega-hit game

Armed with questions from the Xbox communities in the UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Xbox checked in with PUBG’s Creative Director, PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene to share your questions about Battle Royale gameplay, the odds of winning and Greene’s excitement in bringing a whole new community of console gamers … Read more »

Arsenal will retake Champions League spot by beating Liverpool this weekend, Bing predicts

Arsenal will leapfrog Liverpool to retake the last Champions League spot this Friday, Bing has predicted. The pair kick off this weekend’s Premier League action when they meet at the Emirates, with the Gunners given a 58% chance of victory. Liverpool set a league record last weekend by becoming the … Read more »

Xbox reveals how you become a ‘pirate legend’ in Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

Xbox has revealed how Sea of Thieves players can improve their character and become a “pirate legend”. The highly-anticipated shared-world adventure game, which is available to pre-order now ahead of its release in March, sees players take control of pirates to sail ships, search for treasure and battle other gamers. … Read more »

Manchester City to extend record-breaking Premier League winning streak against Spurs, Bing predicts

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Manchester City will extend their record-breaking winning streak in the Premier League by beating Tottenham on Saturday, Bing has predicted. The Sky Blues notched up their 15th consecutive victory on Wednesday night by beating Swansea, putting them one clear of the 2002 Arsenal team, which won 14 games in a … Read more »

Callcredit is using Microsoft AI to catch fraudsters trying to take out loans in your name

One of the UK’s biggest credit reference agencies has revealed it is using Microsoft’s artificial intelligence to spot fraudulent loan applications and protect consumers. Callcredit, which works with lenders across the UK, is using Azure Machine Learning to identify criminals who pretend to be other people when they try to … Read more »

Seeing AI can now tell people with blindness which banknote they are holding

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps people with blindness by narrating the world around them, can now recognise currencies, colours and handwriting. The free program, which was released in the UK last month, uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes … Read more »

Microsoft helped a group of kids bring their monster friends to life with Paint 3D

Microsoft has invited local schoolchildren to its London office to help them create monsters using Paint 3D. The event coincided with a partnership between the technology firm and John Lewis, in which kids could win a Microsoft Surface device for their school by creating a creature inspired by the high street … Read more »

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators

Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said. More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended an event at Microsoft’s UK headquarters designed to show young … Read more »

Technology can remove barriers for disabled people, says Microsoft

Microsoft has welcomed Government plans to help more people with disabilities into work. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, announced an expansion of the “fit note” scheme and training for work coaches to help disabled people and those with physical and mental health conditions find employment and progress in those roles. … Read more »

Technology firms have a responsibility to tackle UK’s digital skills gap, says Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose

Microsoft Uk CEO Cindy Rose at FT Innovate event in London

Technology companies have a responsibility to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap, the chief executive of Microsoft UK has said. Speaking at an event in London recently, Cindy Rose welcomed Government measures unveiled in the Budget to increase the number of computer science teachers but added that more needed to … Read more »

Chris Bishop: UK has a window of opportunity to lead the AI revolution but only if we invest now

By Chris Bishop, Lab Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge This week, the brightest minds in artificial intelligence gather at the most prestigious academic conference for machine learning in the world. In the last three years, attendance at Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) has doubled to around 8,000 delegates. This year’s conference, … Read more »

The Big Life Fix: A Microsoft director has helped a girl rediscover her lost memories

A 10-year-old girl who struggles with severe memory loss following a car accident has revealed how technology created by a Microsoft director has kept alive her dream of becoming a dentist. Aman Kular, who suffered brain damage after the crash nearly three years ago, was struggling to remember what her … Read more »

Microsoft and SAP announce partnership to help more companies digitally transform

Microsoft and software firm SAP have expanded their partnership to help more businesses use the cloud to improve how they work. The agreement will help companies digitally transform by allowing them to take advantage of the security and intelligence embedded in Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, while benefitting from the application … Read more »

Groundbreaking blockchain service that runs on Azure could transform how companies raise money

The way companies raise money from investors could be transformed after a UK-based firm helped launch the world’s first automated bond issue in a cryptocurrency on a public blockchain platform. Nivaura, a UK-based financial technology firm that graduated from Microsoft’s Accelerator programme for start-ups, has developed an Ethereum blockchain-based service … Read more »

What does your imaginary monster friend look like? Tell John Lewis and you could win a Microsoft Surface for your classroom

Children can win a Microsoft Surface device for their school by creating a monster inspired by John Lewis’ Christmas advert. The retailer has launched a prize draw that challenges primary school pupils to come up with their own imaginary friend in the spirit of Moz, the star of its popular … 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 »

Generation at risk of falling behind in tech skills unless computing education funding improves, report finds

A tenfold increase in computing education funding is needed or the UK risks seeing an entire generation fail to have the technology skills needed for the future, a new report has found. The Royal Society study, which was co-funded by Microsoft, found that more than half of schools in England … Read more »

Microsoft Word now uses information from LinkedIn to help you create the perfect CV

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Microsoft Word will now help you create the perfect CV by suggesting the best examples from LinkedIn. Resume Assistant, as the feature is called, uses artificial intelligence to offer wording suggestions for your role, industry and skills, and also recommends relevant job opportunities. Around 80% of the CVs worldwide are … Read more »

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launches as an Xbox console launch exclusive on December 12

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, one of the most popular online multiplayer games, will be released on the Xbox One before any other console. The multiplayer online battle royale will still be available to play on Windows 10 PC, but will be a console launch exclusive to Xbox. It will also be enhanced … Read more »

Hundreds of schoolkids used Minecraft to hold the largest ever architecture lesson – and are now heading for the record books

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More than 400 schoolchildren have used Minecraft in their bid to set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. The youngsters from Paisley, in Scotland, took part in a class that used Minecraft: Education Edition to recreate local buildings, including Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory … Read more »

Scottish schoolchildren wrote a story like Enid Blyton, and won thousands of pounds worth of prizes

A group of Scottish schoolchildren have been handed thousands of pounds worth of Microsoft products for their class after winning a competition to find talented young authors who can write in the style of Enid Blyton. Primary 5 at Kinneil Primary School in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, will also see their … Read more »

Minecraft and Mixer have teamed up so you can unleash zombies and skeletons in your friends’ worlds

Minecraft fans will be able to place items and characters in their friends’ worlds as they watch them play as part of a new partnership with Mixer. Anyone watching a gamer playing Minecraft via the interactive livestreaming platform can instantly add new features such as zombies, skeletons, pigs and food … 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 »

A new competition wants to find the entrepreneurs creating the future of AI

Entrepreneurs who push the boundaries of artificial intelligence are being invited to enter a Microsoft-backed competition that will hand out a total of $5.5 million in funding and cloud credits. Innovate.AI has been launched to find start-ups that are developing cutting-edge AI for intelligent apps, services or platforms to help … Read more »

Manchester United will keep pressure on City after beating Liverpool, Bing predicts

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The race for the Premier League title will remain tight this weekend, with Bing predicting that Manchester United and Manchester City will win their respective matches. Jose Mourinho’s men have a 43% chance of defeating Liverpool at Anfield, with a 25% chance of a draw. United’s victory could also see … 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 »

AI must be built with empathy, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says during UK release of book Hit Refresh

Empathy must be embedded in artificial intelligence from the moment it is created to ensure it becomes a positive force in people’s lives, Satya Nadella has said. Speaking at two events in London that coincided with the release of his book, Hit Refresh, the Chief Executive of Microsoft said new … Read more »

Challenger bank TSB selects Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to advance its digital transformation

TSB, a UK challenger bank, has selected Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to enhance how its 8,500 UK employees connect, collaborate and serve the bank’s customers across its eight corporate centres and 550 branches. Microsoft 365 integrates Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a … Read more »

Daisy Group works with The British Museum, The Crown Estate and now Microsoft Azure

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Daisy Group, which provides IT services for organisations including The British Museum and The Crown Estate, has agreed a deal with Microsoft to use its cloud platform. The private UK company will combine using Azure with its own servers, offering a hybrid model that allows customers to store data locally … Read more »

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham wants to work with Microsoft to boost digital skills in youngsters

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham uses HoloLens

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has said he wants to form a “tighter partnership” with Microsoft to encourage more young people to learn digital skills. The former Shadow Home Secretary told Microsoft employees at a healthcare event in the city that giving youngsters the chance to learn about … Read more »

Manchester rivals to remain at top of Premier League while Spurs overtake Chelsea this weekend, Bing predicts

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Manchester City and Manchester United will remain at the top of the Premier League this weekend after wins for both teams, Bing has predicted. United, who have been given a strong 89% chance of beating Crystal Palace – who remain at the bottom of the table with zero points – … Read more »

Microsoft hires world leader in digital healthcare to take personalised health to the next level

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A world leader in using data and technology in public health has been appointed by Microsoft to lead healthcare research at the company’s pioneering lab in the UK. Iain Buchan will take up a new position as Director of Healthcare Research for Microsoft Research in Cambridge on October 2, reporting … Read more »

Police in the UK have reached a major milestone – they can store data in the cloud

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Police forces across the UK can now store information in the cloud, including Microsoft Azure. The announcement by Microsoft comes after one of the company’s data centres was reviewed by the UK’s National Police Information Risk Management Team, which ensures the storing of police information and access to it meet … Read more »

Sun, sand and serious challenges: How creating the Forza 7 Dubai track melted a camera and took its toll on staff

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Gamers playing Forza Motorsport 7 will notice that their car handles a bit differently on the new Dubai track compared with other courses. That’s because Turn 10, the game’s creators, sent a team to the United Arab Emirates to experience and capture the incredible heat in the city, which affects … Read more »

Manchester United to retain top spot this weekend despite Paul Pogba injury, Bing predicts

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Manchester United will remain at the top of the Premier League table this weekend despite one of their key players being injured, Bing has predicted. Facing Everton at Old Trafford, Microsoft’s search engine has given the Red Devils a comfortable 89% chance of a victory, even with midfielder Paul Pogba … 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 »

Minecraft fans make more than $1 million selling in-game items through official marketplace

Minecraft fans have made more than $1 million by selling in-game items and add-ons through the game’s official Marketplace. The service, which was launched in June, lets professional “content creators” sell maps, texture packs and character skins for Minecraft Coins, which players can buy with real money. The Marketplace was … 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 »

Halo and Steam fans are going to love Microsoft’s new mixed-reality headsets

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Microsoft is to launch affordable and easy-to-use mixed-reality headsets that will include content from the Steam gaming platform and Halo franchise. The technology company announced that a range of devices and motion controllers from HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer will be released in the coming months. Microsoft has led the … Read more »