New technologies and services enhance Microsoft’s unique approach to cybersecurity

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Just over a year ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spelled out Microsoft’s unique approach to cybersecurity aimed at reducing an estimated $3 trillion dollars’ worth of potentially lost productivity and growth. The approach is based on a vision of individuals, companies, organizations and governments working together to address cybersecurity. It includes Microsoft’s commitment to provide a comprehensive security platform, build out an Intelligent Security Graph and partner broadly with the … Read more »

Virtual Valentine’s Day cards, trustworthy AI and French electro-pop – Weekend Reading: Feb. 10 edition

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if ostentatious displays of affection aren’t your thing – or even if they are – new Skype Mojis and emoticons will help you spread a little love to friends and family. You can even a record a special Valentine’s message with floating hearts to share with your loved ones over social networks. Valentine’s Day also means candy, and that’s something for which the century-old, … Read more »

Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform helps automakers transform cars

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Renault-Nissan is first auto manufacturer to commit to platform to build connected cars Traditional automakers, many of whom ushered in an era of incredible disruption nearly a century ago, now face disruption themselves from four modern forces — connected, autonomous, shared and electric cars. The infrastructure and scale required to build a connected car is incredibly complicated, expensive and resource intensive. At its core, it’s a software challenge, and a … Read more »

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

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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

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

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

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 »