Microsoft Ignite lights up the modern workforce with new products and services – Weekend Reading: May 8 Edition

Ignite 2015

Ready to take a breath? Do it now before we dive into the news from this week, dominated by the announcements from Microsoft’s first Ignite conference. More than 23,000 attended in Chicago and thousands more watched online, learning how IT now means “innovation” and “transformation” – for all of us in the modern workforce. The modern workforce is a more apt description than the modern workplace – a misnomer, said … Read more »

Enabling greater transparency and control

Over the past few years, we have seen the security environment change and evolve. Cyber threats are reaching new levels, involving the destruction of property, and governments now act both as protectors and exploiters of technology. In this changing environment, two themes have emerged when I talk with our customers – 1) they want more transparency from their providers and more control of their data, and 2) they are looking … Read more »

Skype Translator speaks Mandarin and Italian, Build 2015 plans a road tour, Star Wars movie collection comes to Xbox – Weekend Reading: April 10 Edition

maxresdefault

The Force is with us big-time this week: We’ve got stories about Skype Translator debuting in Mandarin and Italian, Build 2015 making a first-ever road tour worldwide, and all six Star Wars films being available digitally for the first time on Xbox Video. Skype Translator adds two more languages, Mandarin and Italian, joining Spanish and English in the preview program. Adding Mandarin Chinese is quite a feat; it’s a “very … Read more »

Microsoft takes on global cybercrime epidemic in tenth malware disruption

Editor’s Note: This blog post was updated with the following new information at 8 a.m. on July 9: On Monday, June 30, Microsoft filed a civil suit in a Nevada federal court to disrupt Bladabindi-Jenxcus, a pervasive family of malware that put millions of customers at risk. Today both Microsoft Corporation and Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC announce they have reached a settlement in the matter of Microsoft Corporation v. Mutairi, et … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 9th Edition—Microsoft Office Mix reinvents PowerPoint presentations

clip_5F00_image002_5F00_thumb_5F00_3A0892C3

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Microsoft Office Mix, the latest in cybersecurity reports and several ways Skype can help make Mother’s Day more memorable. Office Mix, a cloud-based service that helps create and share interactive lessons using PowerPoint, became available Thursday as a free preview. You can also add videos and exercises from websites like the CK-12 Foundation and Khan Academy. Read more … Read more »

Microsoft cybersecurity report: 70 percent decline in severe security vulnerabilities, but criminals aren’t giving up

clip_5F00_image001_5F00_thumb_5F00_5443430D

Microsoft’s latest cybersecurity report, released Wednesday, shows a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. The report suggests that the security measures Microsoft has included in newer software has helped make life more difficult for would-be attackers, writes Tim Rains, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing director. But the data also indicates that cybercriminals are increasingly using deceptive tactics in their … Read more »

Updating Internet Explorer and Driving Security

Adrienne-Hall_5F00_GM-Trustworthy-Computing_5F00_Microsoft

The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously, so the news coverage of the last few days about a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) has been tough for our customers and for us.  We believe, and take a huge amount of pride that, among widely used browsers, IE is the safest in the world due to its secure development and ability to protect customers, even in the … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 18th Edition — Converting big data to ambient intelligence

clip_5F00_image002_5F00_0F72970A

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on creating a data culture, an Internet of Things service built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Data Platform Group Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark, spoke Tuesday about creating a world in which devices and services anticipate and understand our needs. Building out a comprehensive platform … Read more »

Microsoft and São Paulo government partner to release crime monitoring system

SP Contra o Crime e Sistema de Monitoramento Inteligente.

On Wednesday, Mariano de Beer, general manager of Microsoft Brazil, announced that Microsoft and the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, have deployed Detecta, an intelligent system for monitoring crime. The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, has deployed Detecta, an intelligent system of crime monitoring for use in his jurisdiction. This tool, jointly developed between Microsoft and New York City, uses cutting-edge technology to improve police … Read more »

San Francisco City and County moving to Office 365 for cloud email

The City and County of San Francisco is upgrading its cloud email to Office 365 for 29,000 employees to improve how key public safety services – law enforcement, fire and rescue, and health – are delivered to citizens, and to reduce IT management costs, writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government. Marc Touitou, chief information officer of San Francisco, said city officials believe San Francisco will … Read more »