Unleash new business opportunities with modern apps

How to create personalised experiences, expand market reach, and accelerate performance… With 2.5 billion users and 10 billion devices connected to the Internet, it’s no surprise that modern apps are presenting exciting opportunities for the enterprise CIO. As customers, employees, and business partners change their lifestyles and adopt always-on technologies, organisations are forced to respond…

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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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CIO Considerations for Big Data: Obtaining real business value from Big Data

Enterprises can now generate, capture, and buy large volumes of data from a variety of sources and then use analytical methods to gain business insight, support business processes, improve competitive advantage, and generate profit. The convergence of data availability and analytical innovation is commonly referred to as Big Data, and many organisations are now starting…

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Get closer to the action with the launch of The Lions Official smartphone and tablet apps

Exclusive app competition offers fans chance to attend The Lions squad announcement.  Powered by The Official Technology Provider Microsoft, The Lions Official smartphone and tablet app gives fans the chance to stay close to the action down under with exclusive player interviews, in-depth reviews of the venues and the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime British…

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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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Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it’s cold out there at the moment) – and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It’s something we simply had to share with our Enterprise audience. Besides, it’s a great example of how tech innovation can help change…

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Four cool R&D projects that are going to change your world

At a recent event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, a number of demos stood out. They address big problems and use new technology to solve them. Their relevance to business IT problems is obvious but they also have the potential to help change the world. Big data to big decisions. This unnamed prototype lets non-experts visualise…

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Build your own gadgets

If, like me, you’re a bit of a geek and you enjoyed playing with LEGO as a kid, .NET Gadgeteer could be the perfect Christmas gift. It’s an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices like digital cameras or mini-robots, using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. It lets you build gadgets…

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Lessons in innovation from Microsoft Research Labs

Microsoft spends a significant proportion of its revenue on research and development. It has more than 850 researchers operating in labs around the world. Investing in R&D can be very valuable. It can create sustainable competitive advantages, especially if backed by IP protection like patents, and it can differentiate your products from your competitors’. It’s…

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