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Microsoft and Logica announce unique alliance to offer cloud services solutions -
Microsoft and Logica have entered into an agreement to offer cloud based solutions to clients, utilising public and private cloud offerings with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, Hyper-V Cloud and Microsoft Office 365 enabling clients to realise the benefits of and start their journey to cloud computing. This alliance has already proven to be successful, with three new clients Talentsoft, Backelite and Ventadis now working with Logica and Microsoft’s teams in France to develop innovative solutions based on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. Read the announcement made today by Microsoft and Logica and how both companies will go to market side by side to help enterprises move from consideration of cloud computing to adoption cloud solutions. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
New Research Shows Students Not Getting the Right Skills for Work and Life -
Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary findings of its multicountry Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research, which shows that students can get the skills they need for work and life in the 21st century through school, but in practice, they rarely do. While education leaders consistently call for change, educational policies and systems in most countries have not yet provided clear definitions of 21st century skills, or guidance to teachers on how to teach and assess these skills. Read here how Microsoft are helping students today gain the skills they need with a new free tool — the Partners in Learning School Research. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's opening keynote address at 2011 CES in Las Vegas -
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers the opening keynote address at 2011 CES on Wednesday 5th January in Las Vegas - watch the full on-demand video here. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft and Carat ‘New Shopper Journeys’ Study Shows Retailers Should Not Underestimate the Impact of Paid Online Advertising During the January Sales -
Microsoft Advertising in partnership with Carat today unveiled new research into the most influential factors behind a consumer’s purchasing decisions ahead of the January sales. The study, entitled ‘New Shopper Journeys’ reveals that despite the growing importance of ‘earned media’ such as social networking and peer-to-peer recommendations, paid online advertising is still the most influential online factor for consumers when it comes to purchase decisions in the home electronics sector. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft at CES 2011 -
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas with an opening keynote address at the preshow on Jan. 5, 2011. This will be Ballmer’s third opening keynote address at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. Click here for all the information on Microsoft at CES 2011. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
The Digital Single Market: A reality by 2020? -
Ron Zink, Chief Operating Officer – EU Affairs at Microsoft, writes about the barriers to achieving a Digital Single Market in Europe by 2020. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Royal Mail Virtualises Server Farm to Save £1.8 million in Four Years -
The Royal Mail group has recently undergone huge modernisation of its services. Royal Mail needed to improve the resilience and flexibility of its IT infrastructure to prepare the company to meet the challenge of a changing market for postal services. The company looked to CSC as its IT outsourcing and systems integration partner to virtualise its servers using the Hyper-V feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter. The savings that this has created are huge, saving them over £1 million over the next four years. Read here the full case study and how Royal Mail benefits with Windows Server 2008. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Can technology be heirlooms? -
Microsoft Research in Cambridge explore Technology Heirlooms, the fleeting relationships we have in our increasing world of disposable technology and the idea of technology as heirlooms – enabling us to pass digital things on as we have in the past with cherished objects like jewellery. Read here Microsoft storyteller Steve Clayton’s blog on how technology is becoming treasured heirlooms. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Transport for London selects Microsoft Azure to power cloud services -
Transport for London (TfL) has taken to the cloud by moving their Developers Area and new Trackernet data feed to the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. This forms the first major step of their comprehensive Digital Strategy and open data policy initiative. Read here the announcement made today at the Windows Azure team blog to find out more about the news and how TfL, developers and customers will benefit with Microsoft cloud computing platform. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Digital Transformation: principles for effective e-Government -
In Brussels, Craig Shank, General Manager Interoperability Group at Microsoft Corp., discusses the move towards e-Government and how Governments are recognizing the challenges facing the public sector and are stepping up their efforts to improve how they deliver service digitally. Read Craig Shank’s blogpost here. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft Office Web Apps Availability in 15 New Asia and EMEA Countries -
On December 7, the Office Web Apps (on Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail) become available in 15 additional countries in Asia and EMEA, including China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey. People in these countries can now use the Web Apps to view, edit, and share Office documents from anywhere with a browser and an internet connection -- this includes viewing, editing and sharing Office document attachments in Hotmail. Jevon Fark, Sr. Marketing Manager, Office Team, discusses the introduction of Office Web Apps to a further 15 countries in Asia and EMEA. Read more here. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft to Customers: Give Our CRM Offering a Try -
Microsoft yesterday released an Open Letter from Michael Park, corporate vice president, sales, marketing and operations, Microsoft Business Solutions, inviting customers to learn about and evaluate Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. As part of the letter, Microsoft announced the “Cloud CRM for Less” offer for and Oracle customers. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Cloud computing enables leading Swedish hotel chain to strengthen customer service while reducing costs -
Read here how Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite is helping a leading Swedish hotel chain to strengthen customer service while reducing costs, giving employees a more flexible, streamlined way to communicate and share information and to increase productivity. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Jean-Philippe Courtois: Privacy by Design at Microsoft -
This year Microsoft Nigeria and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit are co sponsoring the first West Africa Cybercrime Summit, held in Nigeria. His Excellency, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arch. Namadi Sambo, GCON provided the keynote addressing the need for the public and private sector to work together to eliminate cybercrime and foster legitimate economic opportunity for West Africans. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
International Day of Persons with Disabilities -
This Friday, 3rd December, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities – an annual day to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities, and it is a great chance to promote disability issues, and how companies need to consider how they will address these issues within every part of their business. Accessible technology can have profoundly positive impact on a person’s professional and personal life by helping them be more productive and realise their full potential. Read how Microsoft is providing equal opportunity and access to technology for people of all abilities here. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Attention Shoppers: Make Your Holidays Bright with Great Gifts & Deals from Microsoft -
With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, it’s time to take stock. Gift list? Check. Special deals? Check. Fun, futuristic gifts for the whole family? Check. Microsoft has you covered. Get a closer look at some of Microsoft’s most recent products and services to help make your holidays shine brightly this year by clicking here. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Energy Week: Environmental challenge, an industry opportunity? -
Europe’s own environmental visionary Dennis Pamlin reminds us of the power of technology to not only lead to solutions but generate tremendous wealth for Europe. For Dennis Pamlin the next major investments in urban infrastructure over the next 30 years needs to be done in a smarter and more efficient way. Watch the full interview here to see Dennis’s view on the environmental and economical positive roles played by the ICT sector. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Early signs of the cloud (R)evolution in health and wellbeing in Europe -
Microsoft is hosting the Health Users Group European Summit in Brussels on the 29 and 30 November to offer clearer understanding of the possibilities offered by the cloud for the health sector and to gain insight into the experiences of early adopters. The event will bring together over sixty health customers and partners from nineteen countries. Read further details about the event here and find out how cloud computing can help health organisations to address a variety of business and medical challenges. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Windows Phone 7: Apps and Games this Holiday Season -
Microsoft is on track to provide approximately 3,000 apps and games by the end of this week. With a near 80% increase on the number of registered developers since September, more than 15,000 developers are now on board to bring exciting new content to Windows Phone, including integration with Xbox 360 and Zune. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Jean-Philippe Courtois: New World of Work, The Netherlands -
Jean-Philippe Courtois, President Microsoft International, talks about the concept of the New World of Work at the Rotterdam School of Management. Read his full speech here to find out more about Microsoft’s vision of placing the employee at the centre of the business, making information technology work for them to help make their lives easier. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Germany launches its HealthVault platform for all -
Today Microsoft in Germany announced Assignio, a health platform powered by Microsoft HealthVault. The platform, which will be operated and marketed by Siemens IT Solutions, marks a change in the way individuals can approach their health and wellness and will steer the German health sector in a new direction. By introducing HealthVault to the German market, Siemens will help bridge the information gap between citizens and the professional medical and healthcare organizations that they interact with on an ongoing basis. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Manufacturing Looks to Connected Devices and the Cloud to Drive Growth -
As the industry starts to strengthen, manufacturers are looking for new, innovative ways to enhance efficiency, drive growth and meet other critical needs; the natural next step is to look to the cloud. Windows Embedded, Intel and Siemens demonstrate latest version of Innovative Production Line proof-of-concept at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0 Offer Developers Unprecedented Speed -
Flagship for the desktop and mobile web Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, lets developers build mapping applications that render multiple points nearly three times faster than AJAX Control 6.3 – enabling them to display more data, in less time – than ever before. Bing Maps AJAX 7.0 also delivers the new Bird's eye: a 45-degree perspective, viewable from all four compass directions with seamless, smooth zooming, life-like building models in urban centres and 3-D-like terrain features. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Endless Possibilities Abound -
The article focuses on a recent VDC Research whitepaper on Windows Embedded Server, as well as the server appliances market as a whole. VDC Research outlined the opportunities for platforms like Windows Embedded Server as we move toward a more connected world, where by 2013 over 10 billion connected devices will be built each year. This is the final article of the six-part “Server Series” on the Windows Embedded News Center, which examines the different industries that utilize Windows Embedded Server. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Postcard from Paris: Windows 7 phone driving innovation with tech start-ups & developers -
Blaise Vignon, Emerging Business Team Lead at Microsoft France, discusses the recent Windows Phone 7 competition for developers which saw over 250 developers, mostly small companies with big ideas, compete to create ready mobile applications, and how France is supporting start-ups in their challenging early years. Read here Blaise Vignon’s blogpost. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Blogpost: Microsoft Lync, ushering in a new generation of communications -
Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate vice president, Microsoft Office division, discusses the launch of Microsoft Lync - the next generation of Office Communications Server. Earlier this year, Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 launched, delivering the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser. Together, these products provide the productivity backbone of modern businesses and help address the generational shifts impacting organizations of all sizes – shifts like the advent of the cloud, information overload, globalization and the consumerization of IT. Read here Kirk Koenigsbauer’s blogpost. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Microsoft Lync Arrives and Brings Communications to New Heights -
Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Microsoft Lync, the next generation of communications that connects people in new ways. Starting today, anyone can download a free trial version of Lync, and business customers can purchase Lync beginning December 1st. Read here how Microsoft’s customers are deploying Lync 2010 to change the way they communicate, and transforming their businesses while saving money. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Experience the Microsoft Lync Virtual Launch Keynote -
Watch live today at 4pm GMT the Virtual Launch Environment and Chris Capossela's keynote, senior vice president of marketing and product management for the Microsoft Office Division about the general availability of Microsoft Lync. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
Consumer Action Day, 17th November -
Microsoft’s Consumer Action Day is a reminder for consumers and businesses to be vigilant around counterfeit software and to ensure that they have genuine copies of Microsoft products. Every year, millions of consumers and businesses are hurt by counterfeit software which they have acquired unwittingly. Counterfeit software can contain dangerous viruses, spyware and other malware that can lead to identity theft, loss of data, and system failures. The Microsoft EMEA Press Centre met up with Donal to discuss the risks of counterfeit software and how Microsoft is helping to combat the use of unlicensed software. Read here the full interview and other press materials. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
New Microsoft whitepaper: The Economics of the Cloud -
Cloud computing is transforming IT, but what will the future of IT look like? Microsoft conducted extensive analysis of the economic factors underlying cloud computing. Today, Microsoft is sharing these insights publicly with a new whitepaper, “The Economics of the Cloud.” Microsoft explores the underlying economics that are driving this trend. Our analysis uncovers significant economies of scale that generate up to 80% cost savings over time. This, combined with the greatly increased agility cloud offers, will enable IT to increase its relevance to the business by focusing more on innovation and spending less time ‘keeping the lights on.’ In light of this, we provide crucial guidance on how CIOs can harness these economies of scale and agility benefits by architecting their IT organization for the cloud. - MicrosoftEMEAPR
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