Microsoft Convergence EMEA: How we can help drive business transformation

The fact that organizations need to change, to evolve and to transform the way they do business to succeed in this digital age is widely accepted. For most, this transition to a digital world is relatively new, but the path to true transformation is anything but easy. It takes courage and bold steps to break away from established systems and processes. A recent Forrester study of European business leaders clearly … Read more »

Introducing Microsoft PowerApps

The way we do work today is fundamentally different than just a few years ago. Work happens on our phones, tablets and laptops everywhere we go: on manufacturing floors, in airplanes or at customer meetings. The mobile revolution, together with nearly limitless compute and data in the cloud, has transformed our professional experience. And yet, the apps we use to do business have been slow to keep pace with employee demand. While … Read more »

Convergence EMEA: Matching business challenges to technological solutions

Barcelona will see over 5,000 leading business and IT leaders converge on the Fira Gran Via this week to join myself and many other Microsoft employees and partners for Convergence EMEA 2015. Convergence is our flagship business conference in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and provides a fantastic opportunity to continue a dialogue with business leaders. Our job is simple – to listen, to learn, to engage and to … Read more »

Black Friday deals, connecting remote areas of the world and a military family’s story — Weekend Reading: Nov. 25 edition

The long weekend might give you a chance to spend time with family, watch football or dive into the shopping fray. We’ll help you find the best Black Friday deals and catch up on the past week’s most interesting happenings around Microsoft in this early edition of Weekend Reading. If you’re looking to make quick work of your holiday shopping, Microsoft has heaps of Black Friday deals: There are 1,000 … Read more »

Going the last mile: The power of affordable Internet access

Fisherfolk at work on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. Over the last 50 years, Bohol has lost 90 percent of its fish.

Spanning 97 miles, Danajon Bank in the Philippines is a rare marine life wonder. Just one of six double barrier reefs in the world, it is home to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass biomes, tiger-tail seahorses and other natural wonders. But if you visited the reef in recent years, you would be struck by the absence of one vital creature – fish. One island, Bohol, has lost 90 percent of its … Read more »

Global Diversity & Inclusion update – Sharing our latest workforce numbers

Earlier today, we released our latest workforce demographic numbers on our Global Diversity & Inclusion website. I encourage anyone with an interest in diversity at Microsoft – as well as anyone interested in diversity within the tech industry as a whole – to visit this website and familiarize themselves with our latest information. As I look at our numbers, I see a story that to some degree is being repeated … Read more »

Education Underground Workshop, ‘Future Visions’ and Connect(); – Weekend Reading: Nov. 20 edition


Welcome back to another installment of Weekend Reading! We had a big week on several fronts, such as education, research and innovations for developers. Microsoft hosted a group of educators, students and industry leaders on Monday through the Education Underground Workshop, which highlighted the company’s commitment to make learning more engaging and accessible, while empowering every student on the planet to achieve more. The event at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus … Read more »

Enterprise security for our mobile-first, cloud-first world

Satya for slideshow

Today, I was able to join Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Washington, D.C., where he delivered a keynote that highlighted the need for a new approach to security. He shared how Microsoft uses its unique insight into the threat landscape to help better protect customers, and showcased how Microsoft technologies work in tandem with each other, and with solutions from the security ecosystem, to deliver a holistic, agile, security platform … Read more »

Microsoft salutes veterans, Brad Smith spells out company’s stand on cybersecurity, and computers can now recognize feelings — Weekend Reading: Nov. 13 edition

Welcome back to Weekend Reading! The past seven days were particularly rich with good stories, especially ones that inspire what’s known in Internet speak as “all the feels.” On Veterans Day, America’s annual celebration of those who have served in the armed forces, Microsoft created a heartwarming and inspiring slideshow. It featured former service members who currently work at the company talking about how their military service helped them become … Read more »

In the cloud we trust

Jan. 21, 2015 was an interesting day. It was the day Microsoft invited a small group of tech journalists to its Redmond, Washington, headquarters for a big announcement. In the past, news this momentous might have been accompanied by a famous rock band or fireworks, but when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 and HoloLens, they were in an intimate, coffeehouse-style room sipping coffee with house music playing in the background. Elsewhere the world, … Read more »

Microsoft to acquire Secure Islands, a leader in data protection technology

Furthering Microsoft’s investments in security technology, I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Secure Islands, an innovator in advanced information protection solutions. This acquisition accelerates our ability to help customers secure their business data no matter where it is stored – across on-premises systems, Microsoft cloud services like Azure and Office 365, third-party services, and any Windows, iOS or Android device. Businesses continue … Read more »