Inside Microsoft Research Cambridge: Innovation lessons for Business

Guest blog post, by Matthew Stibbe  Everyone talks about innovation and admires innovative companies but what does it actually look like? We visited Microsoft Research Cambridge – a modern building in the heart of the ancient university city – to find out what businesses can learn from the way we innovate here at Microsoft. The lab…

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Connected Fitting Room: Helping customers fill their baskets

Guest blog post by Steven Woodgate   With the Connected Fitting Room potentially transforming clothes shopping by delivering an exciting, creative and interactive process for the customer, the business can richly benefit from treasure trove of sales intelligence. By leveraging tools from Microsoft and Accenture’s technology and analytics prowess, it can: provide a compelling, engaging…

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Tube Lines empowers staff with mobile computing, improves service

First responder teams at Tube Lines work all day, every day, to ensure safe and timely travel on the London Underground. Tube Lines is re-architecting an iPad app to run as a touch-enabled app on Windows 8 tablets. With emergency data at their fingertips, responders work faster to protect passengers. Engineers also carry the tablets…

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Shoe buying is about to get much easier with new Microsoft-based solution

Shoes – we love them. In fact, we in the UK buy millions of shoes each year. It’s not surprising that quite a few of them are purchased through the John Lewis Partnership who launched an innovation competition last year for UK technology companies to enter. The inaugural ‘John Lewis Partnership (JLP) Great British Technology Innovation in…

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Constabulary Lowers Costs, Increases Public Safety with Enhanced Collaboration

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary wanted to replace an outdated Lotus Notes environment and transform how the organisation worked. In 2012, the constabulary used Microsoft SharePoint 2013 to explore how it could better help its employees discover information, share documents, and organise data. As a result, the constabulary expects to lower costs, increase collaboration, and enhance public…

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Mistrust of employees halts a greater uptake of Anywhere Working

Microsoft-commissioned study reveals vast majority of office workers say they are more productive working away from the office but fear how it is perceived by their colleagues. According to a new study on flexible working commissioned by Microsoft, a massive 70 per cent of British office workers, who are able to work away from the…

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POINT. TALK. TOUCH. Welcome to the wonderful world of natural user interfaces

For the last four decades, using a computer meant sitting down, looking at a screen and using a keyboard and, sometimes, a mouse. Today, new technology enables much more intuitive ways of interacting with computers. If you think touch screens and Kinect-controlled video games were state of the art, think again. What’s coming next is…

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Anywhere Working Week – what’s in it for the Enterprise CIO?

Next week we will be providing online coverage of Anywhere Working Week and sharing relevant content for the senior Enterprise audience. Anywhere Working Week is run by the Anywhere Working Consortium (see below) and aims to educate businesses and individuals about the significant advantages of flexible working. We’ll help you differentiate the more strategic vision of…

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20 things you didn’t know you could do with natural user interfaces

1.    Safer heart surgery. Surgeons are using Kinect to access patient records from the operating room to avoid scrubbing in and out during complex procedures. 2.    Assess motor skills. A specialist children’s hospital in Miami has developed interactive avatars to allow patients to become more familiar with technology and to watch and assess important motor skills in…

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ResearchNow Event – Design-led Innovation

“People never wanted the kettle, they wanted hot water,” says Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. Disruptive design is not about incremental improvements. It’s about that moment of realisation, the lightning bolt that hits when you observe your customers and discover you are trying to solve the wrong problem. Talk to people,…

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