The Fire Hose http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose Covering the news of the day at Microsoft Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:59:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 69497479 Microsoft researchers share predictions for 2017 and 2027 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/05/microsoft-researchers-share-predictions-for-2017-and-2027/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:59:33 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298733 Read more »]]> In celebration of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week, Microsoft has tapped 17 women within its global research organization for their views on what’s likely to occur in their fields in 2017. Since it’s prediction season, they’re also sharing what’s likely to be happening 10 years from now as well.

Head over to Next at Microsoft to read what these role models have to say.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Computer science and learning to code were life-changers for these women http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/04/computer-science-and-learning-to-code-were-life-changers-for-these-women/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:26 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298682 Read more »]]> For much of her life, Heba Nayef, 23, planned to go into medicine. The youngest in a family of five siblings, she lost a brother and her father to cancer.

“My idea going in was to give computer science a chance, then continue to medical school, but when I took these classes, I was like, I’m sticking here,” she says. “When I had to leave Syria in 2012, I told my mom, I’m studying computer science, which shocked the family. For me, what I find fascinating is how zeros and ones build up to something complex. Coding also teaches you about teamwork, logical thinking and how you can create something out of nothing. I learned this from just a basic course, but it had a huge impact on me. What if I had been exposed to this earlier?”

The fourth annual Hour of Code gives millions of young people around the world the opportunity and skills to discover coding. Students who pursue coding and computer science education learn how to think critically and to solve problems, along with getting essential tools needed to innovate, pursue in demand careers and better understand the world. Created by Code.org, an hour of code provides first steps into the world of coding and computer science.

Read more about how coding and computer science changes lives on the Microsoft News Center.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Computer Science Education Week is an opportunity to bring 21st century skills to everyone http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/04/computer-science-education-week-is-an-opportunity-to-bring-21st-century-skills-to-everyone/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:20 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298694 Read more »]]> Monday is the start of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual initiative to mobilize educators, parents, nonprofits and industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future, writes Mary Snapp, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Philanthropies, on Microsoft on the Issues.

In partnership with computer science nonprofit Code.org and other leading tech companies, Microsoft is encouraging millions of students around the world to spend an hour this week learning basic coding skills. Microsoft’s efforts surrounding CSEdWeek center on “making computer science more accessible and inclusive,” Snapp writes.

Read Snapp’s post on Microsoft on the Issues.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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This weekend only: Save on 2016 Game Awards nominees http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/this-weekend-only-save-on-2016-game-awards-nominees/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:56:53 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298667 Read more »]]> Five of the top 2016 Game Awards nominees are now on sale in the Windows Store – but only through this weekend.

The open roads of Australia are home to “Forza Horizon 3: Standard Edition” ($44.99; a 25 percent savings off the regular $59.99 price) and the wildest, most far-ranging Forza race yet, with you behind the wheel of any of 350 of the world’s greatest cars. In “Gears of War 4” ($34.99; a 40 percent savings off the regular $59.99 price), the harrowing battles of Marcus Fenix against the Locust Horde are more pulse-pounding than ever, with action that’s that much more intense and real. And now you can pick up the Ultimate Edition of this game for just $74.99 – a 25 percent savings off the regular $99.99 price.

Or check out the spooky adventures of a group of friends exploring a decommissioned military island in “Oxenfree” ($9.99; a 50 percent savings off the regular $19.99 price), where a ghostly portal is ripped open and some serious hauntings begin.

Find all these and the rest of the nominees at the Game Awards 2016 collection in the Windows Store.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Learn about the benefits of Azure Security Center integrated vulnerability assessment http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/learn-about-the-benefits-of-azure-security-center-integrated-vulnerability-assessment/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:25:06 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298652 Read more »]]> As announced recently, Azure Security Center now offers integrated vulnerability assessment with Qualys cloud agents (preview) as part of the virtual machine (VM) recommendations. If a virtual machine does not have an integrated vulnerability assessment solution already deployed, Security Center recommends that it be installed.

The solution can be deployed to multiple VMs at one time, and the ability to automatically deploy on new VMs as they are created will be added soon, writes Yair Tor, Windows Azure Security principal program manager.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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You’re invited to free, live, online workshop with Cortana Intelligence Suite experts on Dec. 6 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/youre-invited-to-free-live-online-workshop-with-cortana-intelligence-suite-experts-on-dec-6/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:51:11 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298643 Read more »]]> Learn how to build intelligence into your applications by getting hands-on with the Cortana Intelligence Suite during a free, live, online workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT on Dec.6.

Microsoft Virtual Academy will host Microsoft architects Todd Kitta and Jin Cho as they lead a workshop where you will create an end-to-end solution and finish the session with a working web app. They will pause their instruction to give you time to work through the project and to ask questions.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Join the #OneNoteQ TweetMeet on Dec. 6 to share your ‘Best of 2016 Moments’ http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/join-the-onenoteq-tweetmeet-on-dec-6-to-share-your-best-of-2016-moments/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:35 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298631 Read more »]]> In 2016, the OneNote team launched more than 36 new OneNote features that educators won’t want to miss. To celebrate a successful year together, you’re invited to share #Bestof2016 OneNote experiences in a OneNoteQ TweetMeet at 10a.m. PT and at 4 p.m. PT, on Dec. 6.

Every first Tuesday of the month, the OneNote in Education team organizes a OneNoteQ TweetMeet in close collaboration with OneNote Central, educators and other OneNote education experts. Any Twitter user can participate in these chats by mentioning the hashtag #OneNoteQ in their tweets.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft in Education blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Learn how Renault Sport Formula One digitally transformed with Microsoft Dynamics 365 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/learn-how-renault-sport-formula-one-digitally-transformed-with-microsoft-dynamics-365/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:34:45 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298622 Read more »]]> At the Gartner Application Strategies and Solutions Summit on Dec. 8, you can learn how Renault Sport Formula One accelerated its digital transformation for greater efficiency with Microsoft Dynamics 365.

The conference will be in Las Vegas. If you can’t be there in person, follow the event in real time on Twitter with the hashtag #GartnerApps.

Learn more at the Dynamics 365 blog.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

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‘This Week on Windows’ highlights Photos App updates, new Cortana features and ‘Halo Wars: Definition Edition’ early access http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/this-week-on-windows-highlights-photos-app-updates-new-cortana-features-and-halo-wars-definition-edition-early-access/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:17:16 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298577 Read more »]]>

Catch up on your Windows news with Friday’s episode of “This Week on Windows,” which highlights Photos App updates, helpful features in Cortana and what’s new in gaming.

The Photos App has a new viewing mode, an easier-to-use interface and improved editing tools — all great for your holiday photos. Cortana can also help you this season, with new skills to manage your to-do lists, in addition to being able to set reminders and track flights.

If you’re shopping, early access to “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” will roll out to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs beginning Dec. 20. It’s available to anyone who pre-orders the digital version of “Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition.”

Check out the video and read more at the Windows Blog, where you can see what’s new in the Windows Store.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

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How Microsoft’s products will be even more accessible in 2017 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/12/02/how-microsofts-products-will-be-even-more-accessible-in-2017/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:27:09 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=298583 Read more »]]> Dec. 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft chief accessibility officer, shares the changes are coming to Microsoft products in 2017, including Windows 10 and Office 365.

Among the changes: The Windows 10 Creators Update will include improvements to Narrator, with beta support for braille input and output; unassisted installation, which means users will be able to install the Windows 10 Creators Update using Narrator throughout the installation process; and new text-to-speech voices and capabilities.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Accessibility Blog and the Office Blogs.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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