Microsoft Business Predictions for 2015: IoT matures, cybersecurity bulks up, and machine learning gives businesses a big advantage

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During my career I’ve been fortunate to work with organizations in both the public and private sector as they adopt cloud technologies to transform, become more responsive and achieve measurable business results.  Today companies in every industry and geography, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500, are utilizing Microsoft’s cloud to become more competitive and deliver greater impact. As we look at the key business drivers for 2015, we’re predicting … Read more »


The cloud: making lives better, Bing predicts key events in 2015 and Skype Translator is unleashed — Weekend Reading: Dec. 19 Edition

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Put down that purse! (Or man purse.) Weekend Reading is here to offer a much-needed break from the mall, and the cyber shopping, with some must-reads you won’t want to miss. … You’re welcome. For more than a decade, Skype has been breaking down geographical barriers to make everyday audio and video communications possible. Now, using innovations from Microsoft Research, Skype is removing the language barrier. The first phase of … Read more »

Business, Media and Civil Society Speak Up in Key Privacy Case

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Today represents an important milestone in our litigation concerning the U.S. Government’s attempt to use a search warrant to compel Microsoft to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That’s because 10 groups are filing their “friend of the court” briefs in New York today. Seldom has a case below the Supreme Court attracted the breadth and depth of legal involvement we’re seeing today. Today’s ten briefs … Read more »

Inspiration, encouragement and hands-on learning drive Microsoft’s efforts during Computer Science Education Week — Weekend Reading: December 12th Edition

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at how Microsoft helped inspire and train students worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, and how the company plans to keep supporting them, as well as some great new games and apps available for the holidays, and new Microsoft Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government offerings for U.S. government cloud customers. Microsoft employees from Redmond to Riyadh to Rome helped … Read more »

Everyone Starts Somewhere…..

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Every expert was a beginner at one time, and there’s no better time to remember this than right now – during Computer Science Education Week – when Microsoft is playing a lead role in supporting the Hour of Code campaign, spearheaded by Code.org. Kids who try coding – even for just one hour – will find a whole new world of possibilities when they see how fun and exciting it … Read more »

Microsoft to deliver Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters

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It’s exciting to see organizations around the world harness the power of the cloud to transform their business and increase their productivity so they can do more and achieve more. To help make this possible Microsoft is committed to delivering the cloud services our customer’s need – wherever they need them. Recently we’ve made significant progress against this commitment. In October, we announced the expansion of Microsoft Azure in Australia. … Read more »

The Internet of Things fuels efficiency and improves patient care — Weekend Reading: December 5th Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on how the Internet of Things has transformed both the petroleum supply chain and nurses’ daily routines, the origins of #GivingTuesday and the first annual Biofabricate conference. The Internet of Things plays a big role in improving efficiency of the petroleum supply chain and in the care of patients at hospitals. Enhanced by IoT, Rockwell Automation is bringing its vision … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Acompli, provider of innovative mobile email apps

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Acompli, provider of innovative mobile email apps for iOS and Android. This acquisition is part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices. This year we brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and we recently announced that we’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity … Read more »

Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs and tablets; and meet the energy sleuths — It’s (early) Weekend Reading: Nov. 26th Edition

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Before you get too comfy in your chair on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out all the great Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs, tablets and more, as well as meet a passionate trio from Carnegie Mellon University who are using technology to reduce energy consumption in buildings. It’s the early edition of Weekend Reading; let’s go! If you’ve been waiting to get an Xbox One, there’s no better … Read more »

Snapping photos of the future with Computer Graphics Artist Brian Townsend

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Nearly everything about Brian Townsend’s job reads like science fiction. Put simply: He works in a room nicknamed “The Vault,” and he creates photographs of products that don’t yet exist. When Townsend does his job, you get a Surface tablet that’s real in every way but for one: It doesn’t yet exist in three dimensions. Not yet, anyway. If you’re confused, believe me, you’re not alone. Townsend needed to explain … Read more »

Technology transforms soccer, pilots use Surface Pro 3 and a peek at Black Friday deals — Weekend Reading: Nov. 21th Edition

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Gooooooal! This week welcomed amazing news for fútbol — and technology. But it didn’t stop there. In honor of a high-flying few days, with big news from around the world, we bring you Weekend Reading. Buckle up. Just in time for the 2014 MLS Cup Conference Finals, a glimpse behind the scenes of Seattle Sounders FC preparation, where technology is tracking team members to ensure they’re in top form. Devices … Read more »