Intelligent Lighting: How Microsoft UK shed 60,000 Kgs of C02 emissions with a single switch

From a plant’s root system to your own blood supply, networking is one of nature’s basic laws that has transferred almost seamlessly into the digital world. These days, just about anything electronic works better when linked to other devices doing a similar job, and Microsoft is now successfully applying that principle to lighting.  Trials of…

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Get Online @ Home offers free PCs with 12-month broadband signup to combat the digital divide

It’s not hard to see how the digital divide is hampering the UK’s economic growth and making it harder for local governments to provide services at a lower cost online. Did you know? 6.4 million Brits do not use the internet. 9.5 million Brits lack basic online skills. 500,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren are without home internet…

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What can IT departments do to minimise security risks?

Microsoft released the 16th edition of its Security Intelligence Report last month and the results are sobering. The report offers a snapshot of trends in software vulnerabilities, software vulnerability exploits, and malicious software during the second half of 2013. The report found that vulnerability disclosures across the industry increased 6.5% between the first half of…

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Empowering future generations with technology

Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web and to coincide with this, Code.org is launching a campaign to bring the joy of coding to every student and every classroom in the UK. Technology changes everything. If you look back over the past 25 years the pace of change has never been…


Get access to free live flood warning data with the FloodAlerts API

Floods have exercised the attention of many people recently.  Since December, the “FloodAlerts” warning map created by Microsoft partner Shoothill launched in 2014, has been used by the equivalent of more than 20% of the adult population of England and Wales – helping them stay up-to-date with live flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency. …

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Microsoft CityNext: Let’s talk about the future of cities

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve already heard us talking about all the exciting activity around Microsoft CityNext for the UK. But now we’re bringing the conversation to you, with a pair of engaging events about the future of cities. On 27 Nov., we’re headed to the iNetwork Winter Conference in Manchester….

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Event: Taking Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project Server to the next level

Microsoft SharePoint can play a vital role in many areas of a business. Whether your organisation needs to improve business intelligence, business automation, project management or maintaining websites or intranet portals, SharePoint can make it easier to manage and share information. But how can you be sure your team is getting the most out of…

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Taking on the cyber skills gap with Cyber Security Challenge UK

The cyber security skills gap facing the UK is so severe that it could take as long as 20 years to correct – and could cost the country as much £27 billion each year in the meantime, according to a recent National Audit Office report. UK business are keen to address that problem by supporting…

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Why the Scottish Government is turning to tablets to get more done

Mobile working in a flexible, collaborative environment is the future of public sector productivity – and the Scottish Government is looking to lead the way. Like all public sector organisations, the Scottish Government needed to find ways to reduce costs while improving services – mobile working offers a way to accomplish goals at once. The…

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