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Who has won Apprentice of Year 2016?

This week, Microsoft’s annual Apprenticeship of the Year competition has crowned 20 year old Lucy Muldoon, who works at Nomura Holdings in London, as overall winner for 2016. Beating 114 other hopefuls to take the top spot, Lucy entered the competition in the ‘Apprentice in Support role’ category, which she … Read more »

How can STEM subjects support young people with autism?

By Helen Dyer Children on the Autism Spectrum & Parents Association (CASPA) has been working to support children and young people with autism and their families in south London for 15 years. Autism is a lifelong neurological developmental condition which affects all aspects of a person’s life. It is often … 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 »

Want more women in tech? Companies need to relate to us, girls say

Women laughing with Surface tablet in park

Technology companies must relate to girls better if they want to increase the number of women choosing a career in the sector, according to new research. Seven to 14-year-old girls are very comfortable using technology such as mobile phones and tablets but are put off considering future employment in the … 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 »

Prime Minister David Cameron learns to code with Minecraft

Prime Minister David Cameron with school children from Eastlea Community School

Microsoft’s partnership with Code.org, and the specially created Hour of Code Minecraft tutorial, has the bold ambition of helping millions of young people to start coding. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella went back to school in the US and here in London, the Prime Minister, the Education Secretary and a number … Read more »

Windows 10: Tomorrow is finally here today

Over two days in December (2nd and 3rd) we hosted the ultimate Windows 10 experience for fans and media. The event culminated in a product showcase – where guests had the chance to try out the latest and best Windows 10 kit, from phones to Xbox, as well as tablets, … Read more »

Rise of the Tomb Raider presents: Survival Billboard

The Survival Billboard to mark the release of the latest Tomb Raider game

Eight contestants stand tall in an endurance test like no other To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we are challenging eight people to channel their inner Lara Croft and survive 24-hours on a live action ‘Survival Billboard’ in central London. The eight contestants, made up of … Read more »

Michel Van der Bel: Decoding the future

Michel Van der Bel

By Michel Van der Bel, Managing Director, Microsoft UK We live in a world of profound change and transformation, where the results of decades of research into sensors, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are coming together to reshape our world in ways unprecedented since the turn of … Read more »

Xbox One’s “Halo 5: Guardians” Launches with a Bang

Four teams of four – made up of YouTubers and Fans – battled it out on stage to become the UK Halo Champions

Last night, fans, media and YouTubers turned out in force to celebrate the launch of Halo 5: Guardians at Camden Roundhouse, London. Hosted by Graeme Boyd and Julia Hardy, and with over 400 guests in attendance, the scene was set with Halo memorabilia ahead of the arrival of iconic lead … Read more »

Windows 10 Devices: a new chapter

It’s been an incredible few months for Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows 10 in July, we now have 110 million devices around the world running our new operating system. At an event in New York on 6th October, we announced the next chapter, unveiling a new era of Windows … Read more »

Windows 10: The insider’s view

Last night we kicked off the launch of Windows 10 with a bang! We thanked Windows 10 fans and insiders across the UK by inviting them to a celebration at the iconic, Old Billingsgate on the River Thames.  Guests enjoyed an array of interactive experiences from Microsoft and partners, from … Read more »

Windows 10: It’s time to #UpgradeYourWorld

Today marks a significant step towards an era of more personal computing, as we release Windows 10 to the world. Windows 10 is now available across 190 countries as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices, as well as with new PCs and tablets. With Windows 10 we’ve … Read more »

Microsoft’s ‘Modern Apprentice of the Year 2015’ is…

Microsoft has crowned 21-year old Daniel Morrison, who works at Lockheed Martin in Glasgow, as the winner of 2015’s ‘Modern Apprentice of the Year’ award at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament. Daniel saw off a strong field to win in the Enterprise category, before going on to win the Overall … Read more »

Challenge for Change: have you cast your vote?

In the week that election fever grips the UK, the finalists of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change also want your vote – and the process is now officially open. So who will you vote for? Now in its third year, the global Challenge for Change initiative encourages young people to … Read more »

The Art of Doing More

Ruthie Holloway, Creative Director, modern art company Beautiful Crime Thursday marks the opening of a new contemporary art exhibition we’ve been collaborating on with Microsoft – ‘The Art of Doing More’. It’s inspired by the Surface 3’s ability to empower people to do and achieve more and 11 exhibiting artists … Read more »

Are you ready to #Do1MoreThing for Safer Internet Day 2015?

The Internet is ubiquitous in young people’s day to day lives. Whether it be research for a school project, talking to friends on Skype, listening to music, the web enhances the things young people need to do and allows them to actively pursue things they want to do. Young people … Read more »

Windows 10: The next chapter

Yesterday we announced a number of new and exciting elements in the next phase of Windows 10. With a wide range of experiences as well as two new devices – the Windows experience is now being extended across devices and scenarios – from large screens to no screens at all. … Read more »

Spreading Christmas cheer with Virgin Atlantic

This weekend, flight VS011 from Heathrow to Boston took on a distinctly festive feel as teams from Microsoft and Virgin Atlantic injected a taste of Christmas, enabled via some very cool technology. As well as putting a few smiles on faces, the aim was to show passengers what could be … Read more »

How many Hours of Code were completed this week?

The digital revolution is here. In the years to come, everyone is going to need to know how to code. Jobs of the future are going to require a solid understanding of computer science, and none of us can underestimate the importance of even a basic knowledge of coding. Millions … Read more »