Category: Recent News

M12 and VC partners commit $4 million to empower women entrepreneurs

Peggy Johnson July 26, 2018 Diversity, Featured, M12, Recent News

Today, I’m proud to announce that Microsoft’s corporate venture fund, M12, is joining forces with EQT Ventures and SVB Financial Group to launch the Female Founders Competition, a global startup contest to identify top female talent and accelerate access to capital for women entrepreneurs. We’ve all heard the long odds facing women founders in tech. Last year, female founders received just 2.2 percent of total global venture capital funding, and only 17 percent of all startups have at least one female founder, despite the fact that gender diversity on executive teams correlates with greater profitability and value creation.

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Powering our customers: the innovation story behind Microsoft’s earnings

Judson Althoff July 19, 2018 Azure, Featured, Microsoft 365, Recent News, Windows 10

With Microsoft’s fourth quarter earnings, we delivered double-digit revenue growth across all segments anchored by the growing success in our commercial cloud as technology helps our customers power their innovation. Recently organizations like GE, PGA, NBA, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks, InMobi  Bayer and Telefonica shared how they are leveraging cloud and artificial intelligence to support…

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Inspire 2018: Opening doors for partner innovation, growth and differentiation

Gavriella Schuster July 12, 2018 Featured, Recent News

Organizations around the world are undergoing transformation fueled by cloud, artificial intelligence, mixed reality and the Internet of Things. These technologies are helping businesses and society reach new heights – retail is becoming more personal, banking is becoming more seamless, and healthcare is becoming more predictive and preventive. At the heart of these incredible stories…

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Microsoft and Flipgrid unite to bring social learning to students around the world

Suzanne Choney June 18, 2018 Education, Featured, Recent News

On Monday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of video-based social learning platform Flipgrid, used in 180 countries by more than 20 million pre-kindergarten to Ph.D.-level educators, students and families. Like Office 365 Education software, Microsoft will also be making Flipgrid free for schools so it’s easy for any school to utilize the software. Customers who’ve purchased a subscription from Flipgrid will receive a prorated refund.

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Driving opportunity for device partners in the era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

Nick Parker June 6, 2018 Featured, Recent News

Satya Nadella recently shared our vision for the future of computing – one in which the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud create experiences where trusted technology is part of the fabric of our lives.Today at Computex 2018, joined by executives from Microsoft’s engineering, marketing and research teams, I had the opportunity to share what that vision means for our device partners. The opportunity to leverage artificial intelligence (AI), ubiquitous computing and Microsoft 365 multi-device and multi-sense experiences has never…

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Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers

Satya Nadella June 4, 2018 Chris Wanstrath, developers, Featured, GitHub, Nat Friedman, Recent News, Satya Nadella, The Official Microsoft Blog

Today, we announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform. I want to share what this acquisition will mean for our industry and for developers. The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us. Computing is becoming embedded in the world, with every part of our daily life…

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Microsoft/Dell enter into transformative agreement with the US Intelligence Community for Microsoft Cloud Services for Government

Toni Townes-Whitley May 16, 2018 Azure Government, Featured, Office 365 for US Government, Recent News

I’m proud to announce that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has extended its digital transformation investment in Microsoft technologies through a transformative agreement worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars over six years. This agreement expands the IC’s use of Microsoft products to now include Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Cloud for Government, including Office 365…

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Advancing the future of AI: M12 and VC partners award $3.5 million to Innovate.AI winners

Peggy Johnson May 1, 2018 Envisagenics, Featured, Hazy, M12, Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft Ventures, Notion, Recent News, venture capital, Vertex Ventures, Voiceitt, ZenCity

Last year, M12, Microsoft’s venture fund (formerly known as Microsoft Ventures), set out on a mission to uncover the most innovative startups harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform businesses and solve real-world challenges. Six months later, we’re overwhelmed with the response. Not only did we receive hundreds of submissions, the companies were all innovative, impactful and inspiring.

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Industrial customers and partners bet on Microsoft, from cloud to edge devices

Çağlayan Arkan April 23, 2018 Azure, Featured, Hannover Messe 2018, Industrial IoT, Internet of things, IoT, Manufacturing, Microsoft Cloud, Recent News

Innovations showcasing Industrial IoT, AI, cobotics, digital twins and mixed reality will be on display at Microsoft’s booth at the annual Hannover Messe industrial fair. This week at the world’s largest industrial fair, I am honored to once again host nearly 30 customers and partners in Microsoft’s booth at the Digital Factory Hall at Hannover…

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Partners make industrial IoT factories more capable than ever at Hannover Messe 2018

Sam George April 18, 2018 Featured, Hannover Messe 2018, Internet of things, partner, Recent News

Next Monday, Microsoft will once again have a major presence at the Digital Factory Hall at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest annual manufacturing exhibition in Hannover, Germany. As we started planning, it struck me that the reason our booth is one of the largest in the Digital Factory Hall is because our most important manufacturing partners will join us and our customers to showcase innovations that are transforming decades-old businesses and opening doors to revenue streams, new business models and service offerings that didn’t exist five years ago.

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A new IP strategy for a new era of shared innovation

Brad Smith April 5, 2018 Brad Smith, Featured, IP, Recent News

Every company today is becoming in part a software company – we see this every day at Microsoft. Whether it’s auto manufacturers, retailers, health care providers or financial services firms, our customers are not only transforming their own business operations with our software but collaborating with our consultants and engineers to create new digital products…

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Microsoft expands cloud services in Europe and into Middle East to meet growing customer demand

Jason Zander March 14, 2018 Azure, cloud, datacenters, Featured, GDPR, Office 365, Recent News

I’m thrilled to share that we plan to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from our first datacenter locations in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, and we’ll expand the cloud options for customers in Germany. I’m also excited to reveal that the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure…

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Partnering for a path to digital identity

Peggy Johnson January 22, 2018 digital identity, Featured, ID2020 Alliance, Recent News

In the U.S. and abroad, fundamental rights and services like voting, healthcare, housing and education are tethered to legal proof of identification – you can’t participate if you don’t have it. Yet nearly one in six people worldwide – the majority of them being women, children and refugees – live without it. The lack of…

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Microsoft and Adaptive Biotechnologies announce partnership using AI to decode immune system; diagnose, treat disease

Peter Lee January 4, 2018 AI, biotechnology, Featured, Health, Machine Learning, Recent News

The human immune system is an astonishing diagnostic system, continuously adapting itself to detect any signal of disease in the body. Essentially, the state of the immune system tells a story about virtually everything affecting a person’s health. It may sound like science fiction, but what if we could “read” this story? Our scientific understanding…

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Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond

Jason Zander January 3, 2018 Avere Systems, Azure, Big Computing, cloud, Featured, High-Performance Computing, high-performance storage, Recent News

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide our customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.

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Building a sustainable campus in Silicon Valley

Kevin Scott December 5, 2017 campus, employees, Featured, Recent News, Silicon Valley, Sustainability

As we continue to grow and plan for the future, Microsoft is modernizing our workplaces in all regions where we do business. In Silicon Valley, we are creating our smartest, greenest office yet. Our new Silicon Valley Campus, a 643,000-square-foot modernization of our 32-acre Mountain View location, recently broke ground. This project represents a significant investment…

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Investing to grow right here at home

Brad Smith November 29, 2017 campus, employees, Featured, Recent News, Redmond, Sustainability

At a time when space is at a premium and many companies are looking for room to grow, we recognize that our 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique asset. Neighboring a vibrant urban core, suburban towns, lakes, mountains and miles of forest, it’s one of Microsoft’s crown jewels. And as we continue to…

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Microsoft builds and integrates Azure Location Based Services directly into the cloud

Sam George November 28, 2017 automotive, Azure, Azure Location Based Services, Featured, Recent News

Microsoft believes that advances in technology will solve many of the problems created in the industrial era and help make society safer, more sustainable, efficient and inclusive. For example, as enterprises harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect their physical assets to the cloud, they are dramatically reducing energy usage and…

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Developing for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge at Microsoft Connect(); 2017

Scott Guthrie November 15, 2017 Azure, Azure Machine Learning, connect, Data, developers, Featured, IoT, open source, Recent News, Visual Studio

Today we’re kicking off Connect(); 2017, one of my favorite annual Microsoft developer events, where over three days we get to host approximately 150 livestreamed and interactive sessions for developers everywhere — no matter the tools they use or the platforms they prefer. Today at Connect(); 2017 I’m excited to share news that will help…

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Imagine Cup goes far beyond the imagination to change lives — and it’s time to register for 2018

Charlotte Yarkoni October 24, 2017 developers, Featured, Imagine Cup, Recent News, students

My team at Microsoft has a guiding principle as the foundation of everything we do: Today’s students are tomorrow’s developers. As the head of cloud growth and ecosystems at Microsoft, working with students is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job because it gives me a lens into the future through the next…

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Inclusion in action: enabling transformative change with accessible technologies

Kirk Koenigsbauer October 23, 2017 Featured, Recent News

Leading up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, we’re unveiling a new video series celebrating six individuals who are using accessible technologies to help transform their lives. We’re excited to start today with a video about Andrew, an eight-year-old boy with dyslexia…

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The financial services industry banks on the Microsoft Cloud for digital transformation

Toni Townes-Whitley October 12, 2017 Featured, Financial Services, Recent News, Sibos

Financial services organizations are at a transformational tipping point. Faced with fierce market pressures – nimble disruptors, complex regulations, digital native customers – technology transformation in the industry is essential, and it’s increasingly becoming a competitive edge. Firms leading the charge into this new era are transforming customer experiences, fostering a new culture of work, optimizing operations and driving product innovation, and they are using Microsoft cloud, AI and blockchain technologies in their journey to become digital leaders of the future.

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Microsoft Ventures debuts $3.5 million search for startups shaping the future of AI

Peggy Johnson October 10, 2017 artificial intelligence, Featured, Microsoft Ventures, Peggy Johnson, Recent News

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is being leveraged to do incredible things, from breaking down cultural barriers with smart translators, to helping doctors and biochemists better understand, prevent and treat the world’s deadliest and most confounding diseases. Technology is bridging the gap from imagination to reality faster than ever before, but we have only scratched the…

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Igniting business transformation, reinventing the data center and helping nonprofits move to the cloud — Weekend Reading: Sept. 29 edition

Deborah Bach September 29, 2017 Featured, Recent News

This week was testament to the transformative power of technology, both collectively and individually — from the thousands of business leaders gathered at Microsoft’s annual IT conference to a Philippine teenager whose blindness isn’t stopping her from pursuing a dream of creating her own software. A leader in digital transformation, Microsoft is launching a group…

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Celebrating the completion of the most advanced subsea cable across the Atlantic

Suresh Kumar September 22, 2017 Azure, Data, Featured, Internet access, Recent News

When it comes to computing, speed matters. So does resiliency. Today, we’re proud to announce the completion of the Marea subsea cable, which is unmatched in its capabilities. Spanish for tide, Marea is a joint project between Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius, that helps to upgrade the global internet infrastructure to better…

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New devices and Windows Mixed Reality headsets unveiled at IFA 2017, Cortana and Alexa collaborate and Skype TX wins an Emmy® Award — Weekend Reading: Sept. 1 edition

Athima Chansanchai September 1, 2017 Cortana, Featured, Groove Music, IFA, Recent News, skype, The Official Microsoft Blog, Weekend Reading, Windows Store

In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll read about IFA 2017 and the vast array of devices revealed at the event, a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Amazon, Skype TX receiving the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award and more. Microsoft delivered a keynote at the IFA 2017 consumer electronics show in Berlin on Friday, Sept. 1. You…

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Hey Cortana, open Alexa: Microsoft and Amazon’s first-of-its-kind collaboration

Andrew Shuman August 30, 2017 Cortana, Featured, Recent News, Windows 10

I talk to Cortana every day — at home, work and on-the-go — to get information about my day, to set reminders so I don’t forget things, and to answer my questions. But I don’t just use one digital assistant. I also frequently talk to Alexa to listen to audio books or to add things…

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An update on our response to Hurricane Harvey

Mary Snapp August 30, 2017 Featured, Microsoft Philanthropies, nonprofits, Recent News

Across the country, we watched as Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with devastating force last Friday night. As the crisis continues to unfold, our thoughts are with the millions of people in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast who are impacted by this disaster, which has been described as unprecedented in scale and scope. Since the…

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