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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Fitwell is the personal trainer that everyone can afford

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Setting up your own business can be painful, both financially and emotionally. The bills, the long hours and the stress can all take their toll on a person’s health. But for one entrepreneur, starting his company was literally painful. Baris Ozaydinli developed such serious back and neck pain that he … Read more »