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The top stories from Microsoft Europe in November

From the new research on the future of work, to Microsoft’s new privacy transparency announcement for commercial cloud customers, these were some of Microsoft Europe’s top stories in November.

New research reveals a surprising link between the workplace and business success

To help businesses stay a step ahead in the digital age, Microsoft has released new research in partnership with Dr. Michael Parke of the London Business School. Surveying 9,000 workers and business leaders across 15 European markets, the research delved into company growth, employee engagement, leadership styles and technology.
According to the findings, change is the new normal as businesses race to adapt and better compete: 92% of European leaders say their organization has recently undergone a major transformation. Read more.

“Where is my package?” Easing the pains of courier delays

With the festive season fast approaching, so begins the researching and comparing of products, reading online reviews and trawling through different online stores to find that precious gift. After all this effort, we finally commit, buy and wait for it to arrive in the mail – except, it never comes. Read more.

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How technology inspired one man to transform businesses in Dubai

When Faisal Ali was a child, his schoolteacher would always encourage him to solve small problems while keeping an eye on the bigger picture. Fast-forward to the present, the now group CIO of the Garash Group in Dubai still follows that same philosophy. Beginning from when he first played on an Atari 2600 console when he was just 11-years-old, Faisal knew that when he grew up, he had to do something which involved problem solving and technology. Read more.

Introducing more privacy transparency for our commercial cloud customers

At Microsoft, we listen to our customers and strive to address their questions and feedback, because one of our foundational principles is to help our customers succeed. Today Microsoft is announcing an update to the privacy provisions in the Microsoft Online Services Terms (OST) in our commercial cloud contracts that stems from additional feedback we’ve heard from our customers. Read more.

A personal view: How technology makes life easier for people with disabilities

Jan Schenk has worked in various positions at Microsoft since 2008. In his current role as Developer Relations Program Manager, he brings together a global team of Cloud Advocates with developer communities across Germany. Jan is also active in Microsoft’s Employee Resource Group disAbility, which takes care of the needs of employees with disabilities – not only because he himself has a severe disability, but also because diversity and inclusion are close to his heart. Read more. 

School: An Emotional Roller Coaster

In 2015, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI), in partnership with Born This Way Foundation, surveyed 22,000 high school students. When students were asked how they felt in school, the most common responses were “tired,” “stressed,” and “bored.” But when asked how they wanted to feel, the top three answers were “happy,” “energized,” and “excited.” Read more.