Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters

Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions. Each new region adheres to our Trusted Cloud principles, including security, privacy, compliance and transparency. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in … Read more »

Getting everyone in the game at Xbox, helping football coaches with smart mouthguards — Weekend Reading: Sept. 2 edition

A high school football player wears a mouth guard while standing next to a trainer on a football field.

It may have been the final days of August, but Microsoft was buzzing all week with interesting news and noteworthy stories. So before you take off for the summer’s last camping trip or get the kids ready for another school year, check out what happened at Microsoft this week. With football starting up again, i1Biometrics, a software company in Kirkland, Washington, has teamed up with Microsoft Azure to create smart … Read more »

Microsoft acquisition of Genee to accelerate intelligent experiences in Office 365

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I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Genee, an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service. Co-founders Ben Cheung and Charles Lee, who plan to join Microsoft, started Genee in 2014 to simplify the time-consuming task of scheduling (and rescheduling) meetings. It’s especially useful for large groups and for when you don’t have access to someone’s calendar. Genee uses natural language processing and optimized decision-making algorithms so that … Read more »

New back-to-school tech tools, Xbox at gamescom and turning playtime into profits — Weekend Reading: Aug. 19 edition

Dona Sarkar and her team photographed on the soccer field at The Commons on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash. on August 8, 2016. The team includes (from left) Joe Camp, Cheryl Sanders, Blair Glennon, Tyler Ahn, Dona Sarkar, Derek Haynes, Thomas Trembly, Manik Rane (kneeling), Ursula Hildenbrand, Joan Steelquist and Seth Rubinstein. Photo by Dan DeLong

Summer ended this week for some North American kids and teachers, but the week also marked the arrival of new technology to help ease those back-to-school blues – and what’s especially nice is it’s free. Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers, has a bunch of new features for the coming school year. Microsoft Classroom will help educators manage their administrative tasks so they have more time … Read more »

Saving babies’ lives, a new era in digital aviation and predictive emojis — Weekend Reading: July 22 edition

Autumn Parkinson uses the CHAMP app for her baby Job. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

It’s been a full, productive week, with Microsoft technology playing major roles in pediatric health, digital aviation, business solutions and emoji help. Here’s a look at this week’s highlights. A new app is saving babies’ lives and helping parents, thanks to a technologically minded doctor and his team in Kansas City, Missouri. Conceived by Girish Shirali, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Mercy hospital, the CHAMP app helps babies born with … Read more »

Sprinklr selects Microsoft Azure as cloud provider for new, joint customers

Microsoft will work with Sprinklr to provide clients with a cloud-based experience management suite that will streamline business processes across sales, marketing, and customer service. Most brands know that in order to stay relevant, they must put their customers front and center, listening to and engaging with them in meaningful ways across all channels to better serve their individual interests and needs. Yet, in a connected world where customers move … Read more »

Microsoft acquires management, reporting and analytics technology from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

Today I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online. This acquisition will allow us to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business, and is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. … Read more »

2015 Citizenship Report shows how Microsoft is making a difference

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Microsoft’s corporate citizenship commitments and actions support our company mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In our 2015 Citizenship Report, which we published this week, you will find information about how these commitments and actions are implemented through our company policies, practices and products, as well as through our investment in communities. During fiscal year 2015, Microsoft made progress on a number … Read more »

Office 2016 releases worldwide, Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Microsoft – Weekend Reading: Sept. 25 edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! This week, we saw the global launch of Office 2016, a tour of the Microsoft campus by Chinese President Xi Jinping and how Microsoft Showcase Schools create innovative learning environments. On Tuesday, Office 2016 arrived, marking a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on teamwork. It has lightning-fast search for your inbox and Office 365 Groups … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Adallom to advance identity and security in the cloud

I’m pleased to announce today that Microsoft has acquired Adallom, an innovator in cloud security and a leader in helping customers protect their critical assets across cloud applications. This acquisition is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering innovative identity and security capabilities to our customers, across both on-premises and multiple clouds. With more frequent and advanced cybersecurity attacks continuing to make headlines, customer concerns around security remain top … Read more »