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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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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The new world of social collaboration in Enterprise - free download!

As you have probably noticed we are witnessing fundamental shifts in enterprises and societies. Four computing megatrends – cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices, Big Data, and pervasive social features in applications – are increasing employee engagement, improving team collaboration, and enhancing business agility. These trends serve new work scenarios in which it’s easier than ever for…

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See, touch and explore the future of interaction

Microsoft Research is exploring the future of interaction, including direct 3D interactions with augmented reality. Let’s take a look at the technology that is already out there: Sensors. Today’s mobile devices have sensors that make Star Trek’s Tricorder look medieval. For example, a typical smart phone has a compass, accelerometers, gyros, GPS and cameras. Combined…

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