Using AI to defeat ‘Ms. Pac-Man,’ meeting the Xbox One X and analyzing Microsoft’s Data Insights Summit — Weekend Reading: June 16 edition

The official start of summer is just days away, but no one is slacking around here. This week, we saw how Microsoft researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) to master what was thought to be the un-masterable “Ms. Pac-Man,” an addictive 1980s video game. We met the new Xbox One X, a console system designed to play the best games of the past, present and future. And we hung out at … Read more »

The Associated Press takes its data storytelling to the next level with Microsoft Power BI

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For more than 170 years, The Associated Press (AP) has told the world’s biggest and most important stories, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more recently Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Today, when news is frequently accompanied by massive quantities of data, reporting means making sense of all that data, and AP continues to lead the way in data journalism. … Read more »

Microsoft breaks through in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Today I’m thrilled to share that for the second year in a row, Microsoft has been positioned furthest to the right for completeness of vision within the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms – the 10th consecutive year Microsoft has been positioned as a leader. We’re humbled by this recognition for the innovation we’ve delivered with Microsoft Power BI in the past year, … 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 PowerApps and Flow are generally available starting tomorrow

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After a rewarding journey hand-in-hand with the many customers and partners who participated in our preview programs (thank you!), we’re excited to announce the general availability of Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. Beginning Tuesday, both services will be available to users around the world and in 42 languages. Both PowerApps and Flow will be included with Dynamics 365 and in the subscriptions of millions of Office 365 Enterprise and Business … Read more »

Windows 10 Creators Update and Surface Studio empower individual creativity, Surface Dial is an all-around nifty device, and every gamer can be a broadcaster – Weekend Reading, Oct. 28 edition

We’re all creators, whether it means adding a personalized emoji to a message, dreaming up a new world in “Minecraft” or reimagining a remodel of a house or office. That’s why the announcement of the next Windows 10 update, Windows 10 Creators Update, was the big news of the week, but there was plenty more. Let’s go! Windows 10 Creators Update coming in early 2017: The free update to Windows … Read more »

Alberto Cairo, Power BI & the rise of data journalism

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From the election of Pope Francis to the passing of Nelson Mandela to Miley Cyrus’ MTV #twerk heard ’round the world, 2013 was full of big headlines and viral hits. Yet The New York Times’ top story of the year was the humble result of a vocabulary survey of 350,000 randomly selected Americans conducted by a then-intern at the paper. Instead of presenting these findings in a written article, “How … Read more »

Turning business process into business advantage for organizations everywhere

Today, we are taking the first step to bring our customers new, modern, enterprise-ready intelligent business apps with the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft AppSource. Technology is transforming our personal lives with apps and services that are simple and intuitive, and deliver helpful assistance to improve our lives. In contrast the apps and services we use to drive business process are often difficult to use, try and deploy.  … 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 »

Summer, Spartans, Spark and Sprightly – Weekend Reading: June 10 edition

“S” is for summer – and for Spartans, Spark and Sprightly, three super subjects this week that you won’t want to have missed. (See what we did there?) But first, let’s talk about the terrific trickle-down effect that’s in full swing in the field of data visualization. Seattle broadcaster KING 5 made Puget Sound voters the first in the nation to get a real-time, in-depth look at their local civic … Read more »