Cloud Computing

Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

Catapult satellite kit with bbc micro:bit

A new experiment is set to be launched that could lead to the general public creating their own satellites. The project will see people from across the country capture information about the world around them such as location and mapping services, weather forecasting and measuring plant and crop health. This will then … Read more »

BBC micro:bit: pocket-sized codeable computer available to all

BBC micro:bit

A mini-computer that UK schoolchildren have turned into watches, stepometers and musical instruments has now been released for general sale across the country. The BBC micro:bit, which has been handed to 800,000 youngsters across the UK free of charge, can now be bought online. It is hoped the fully programmable … Read more »

UK start-up handed grant to boost free internet

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UK start up Movivo is one of 12 entrepreneurial businesses to be awarded a Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grant.  The grants will help these businesses scale their services and business models to increase affordable Internet access for the 4.2 billion unconnected people in the world. Each company will receive seed … Read more »

Work from anywhere? Only if you’re the boss

Man sitting on wall, work from home, surface, microsoft laptop

More than half of workers believe they have to be in the office to get work done, compared with less than a fifth of bosses, new research has revealed. Despite most managers believing that allowing their staff to work from anywhere, very few employees are actually doing so. The survey, … Read more »

Cyber criminals step up attacks on UK computers

Person holding Surface laptop

Cyber criminals have intensified attacks on the UK, a new report has revealed, with the number of computers being infected by viruses surging at the end of last year. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, released on Thursday, found that criminals are using videos and other digital media to customise their … Read more »

Rolls-Royce agrees deal with Microsoft

Rolls-Royce engine

Microsoft has agreed a deal with Rolls-Royce to improve the British manufacturer’s engines and fuel efficiency and cut flight disruptions, it has been announced. Rolls, whose engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world every month, will use Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to analyse data … Read more »

Become part of a world of creativity with MØxSurface

Danish singer Mo working on Microsoft Surface laptop

Singer MØ has launched a global campaign with Microsoft Surface to showcase the creativity of her fans. The Danish star – best known for her collaboration with Major Lazer on the most streamed song on Spotify, “Lean on” – has asked her followers to share their thoughts and artwork online … 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 »

Microsoft donates $1bn of cloud services

Microsoft Cloud services

Can cloud computing change the world? Microsoft believes it can. Cloud computing has emerged as an essential resource for addressing some of the world’s biggest problems, helping to solve issues across a range of economic and social challenges. There are now plans afoot to expand the reach of the cloud … Read more »

Michel Van der Bel: The Power of Transformation

Michel Van der Bel said transformation was the word of the week at Future Decoded

By Michel Van der Bel, Managing Director, Microsoft UK As I reflect on a great two days at Future Decoded, I wanted to share my event highlights with you. Transformation was the word of the week at Future Decoded which showcased how our customers are transforming their organisations to change … Read more »

Microsoft announces plans to offer cloud services from the UK

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella announced plans to offer commercial cloud services from the UK

Will deliver Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from a new UK data centre region; completes data centre expansions in Ireland and Netherlands; all part of the more than $2 billion spent on cloud infrastructure across Europe London — 10 Nov 2015 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella … 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 »

Make sense of your health: Microsoft Band coming to the UK

17 March 2015 – Pre-orders start today with UK availability on April 15; Microsoft UK’s Director of New Devices, Leila Martine, shares her first-“wrist” experience. Following the successful introduction in the US last year, we couldn’t be more excited to introduce Microsoft Health and the Microsoft Band here in the … Read more »

What’s next for cloud gaming?

The games industry is booming in the UK and the variety of games is shifting as mobile devices and popular apps bring gaming to a wider audience than ever before. From small gaming apps to be played on the commute, to immersive console games which can take days to complete, … Read more »

Head in the Clouds? You’re not the only one

Picture this: all your favourite selfies, dates with mates and family photos saved on your smartphone – which then goes missing one night in the pub. Painful enough to have to sort a new mobile, but imagine the heartache if none of those treasured images are saved elsewhere… In fact … Read more »

Azure’s allure – for supermodels, businesses and consumers

Storm Model Management – one of the world’s leading model agencies, managing some of the biggest names in the fashion industry including Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Emma Watson – is using the new Microsoft Azure cloud service to improve access to its website and other tools its customers use … Read more »