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Display results by tag: innovation

  • An ode to Genomic Research through Kinect and Interactivity

    MS Europe - 11 Aug. 2014

    Interactive installations can serve a variety of purposes, they can even transport us into some of the tiniest (yet complex) structural forms: cells.

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  • A wave of innovation from Bulgaria and Romania

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 09 April 2014

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  • Technology advancements and their impact on European business

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 08 Jan. 2014

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  • A panoramic view of the Ponte Vecchio or exploring the streets of Nuremberg? The new 3D Bing Map app is here

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 Dec. 2013

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  • An interactive and visual history of climate change through ChronoZoom

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 28 Nov. 2013

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  • Innovative healthcare in Denmark.

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 28 Nov. 2013

    Taking care of an increasingly ageing population is a worldwide challenge. New health services and innovative ways of caring for this sector are crucial, and Denmark knows so. In five years, this country will face a 20 percent increase of elderly people to take care for, hence it is key for them to find efficient and cost-effective solutions.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Scytl launches Smart Governance for Smart Cities

    PRESS RELEASE: Scytl launches Smart Governance for Smart Cities - 19 Nov. 2013

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  • Join us and boost your research through cloud computing.

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 Nov. 2013

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  • EVENT: Tablets: The key to enabling today's mobile, collaborative caregiver? Webinar

    Events - 13 Nov. 2013

    Free Webinar: Tablets: The key to enabling today's mobile, collaborative caregiver?
    Date: 26 November
    Time: 15:00-16:00 CET

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  • Across Europe with Steve Ballmer

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 12 Nov. 2013

    Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer spent last week visiting customers, partners, government leaders, students, developers, start-ups and Microsoft employees in six European nations: Serbia, Croatia, Italy, UK, Germany and France. While each possess uniquely rich histories, their futures share the common thread of increasing focus on technological innovation to address societal challenges.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Steve Ballmer helps open ‘Microsoft Berlin’ to foster dialog, support startups

    PRESS RELEASE: Steve Ballmer helps open ‘Microsoft Berlin’ to foster dialog, support startups - 08 Nov. 2013

    Berlin, 7th November - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined Christian P. Illek, chairman of Microsoft Germany’s managing board, in opening a new facility in the heart of Germany.

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  • Life, translated

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 07 Nov. 2013

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visits Serbia to support the country’s goal to become a Balkan technology hub

    PRESS RELEASE: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visits Serbia to support the country’s goal to become a Balkan technology hub - 05 Nov. 2013

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  • Investing in the future

    Jeroen Verdonk Marketing Manager, Education Sector, Microsoft Western Europe - 31 Oct. 2013

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  • Putting people first

    David Burrows Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa - 24 Oct. 2013

    I would like to highlight a few headlines on CityNext from this falls Touch magazines.

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  • Windows 8.1 is out!

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 18 Oct. 2013

    Go back less than a year ago, the launch for Windows 8 was being set. Today, this vision of personalized mobile computing goes even further: Windows 8.1 is now globally available.

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  • Take a backstage tour at Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 18 Oct. 2013

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  • Data, partnerships and innovation: building competitive cities in Central and Eastern Europe

    Joe Macri VP EMEA Public Sector, Microsoft - 18 Oct. 2013

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Windows 8.1 is available now

    PRESS RELEASE: Windows 8.1 is available now - 17 Oct. 2013

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  • The transforming vision of Windows 8.1 for businesses

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 17 Oct. 2013

    Drumroll please, Windows 8.1 is now available to all commercial customers and partners! If you are looking to drive your business forward, boost productivity and kick off new opportunities, Windows 8.1 is specially designed for you. It comes with a flexible operating system, enhanced user experience, security and networking.

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  • Windows Phone 8 gets revamp number 3!

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 16 Oct. 2013

    Update Number 3 for windows phone is here! Featuring more live tiles, better accessibility options and a bigger start screen!

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  • Case study: Nobel Prize moving up into the cloud with Windows Azure (Technology Media)

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 16 Oct. 2013

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  • Behind the Big Data Buzz

    Steve Baker FUTURES contributor - 15 Oct. 2013


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  • EVENT: Challenge preconceptions. Innovate and win a ticket to TEDxBrussels.

    Events - 15 Oct. 2013

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  • The Manifesto for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 08 Oct. 2013

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  • Microsoft CityNext CEE – A people-first approach to helping cities meet what’s next

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 04 Oct. 2013

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  • Innovative solutions for the health industry

    Per Bendix Olsen Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa - 01 Oct. 2013

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  • Microsoft announces industry coalition on European patent system

    Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Microsoft worldwide intellectual property - 26 Sept. 2013

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  • From sign language translation to crises management – Catch-up with MSR Faculty Summit

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 Sept. 2013

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  • Algorithmic Analysis Leads to Efficient Approach for Plant Conservation

    Rob Knies Managing Editor, Microsoft Research - 13 Sept. 2013

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  • 10 inspiring things you never knew about Partners in Learning

    Anthony Salcito Vice President of Microsoft Education - 10 Sept. 2013

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  • PSFK: The Future of Home Living

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 21 Aug. 2013

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  • Research in Focus: The Coming Genomics Software Revolution

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 Aug. 2013

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  • The ambassador’s tale: From a Kenyan village to a diplomatic mission, expanding educational opportunity for the next generation

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 19 Aug. 2013

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  • Kinems – making learning fun and effective for children with autism

    Soha Hohnecker Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft - 14 Aug. 2013

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  • Microsoft CityNext – Partnerships that help Cities transform, engage and accelerate

    Per Bendix Olsen Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa - 31 July 2013

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  • Test your internet connection speed easily!

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 30 July 2013

    According to a recent European Commission study on fixed broadband performance, “European consumers are not getting the broadband download speeds they pay for. On average, they receive only 74% of the advertised headline speed they have paid for”.

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  • Italian SME develops a platform for creating live and pre-recorded radio shows

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 29 July 2013

    Spreaker is an Italian start-up that won the European BizSpark Summit which was held from July 4th to 6th and gathered the European entrepreneurial community, including, start-ups, investors (VCs and Business Angels), press and government representatives in Berlin.

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  • The City of the Future is a Healthier Place to Live

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 29 July 2013

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  • Bill Gates on the contribution of computing to improving our world

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 19 July 2013

    After working over 10 years at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, I’m convinced that science & technology innovation can play a critical role in addressing important challenges faced by society or even smaller ones from our daily lives. 

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  • Going big after Imagine Cup

    Zbynek Poulicek Co-founder and CEO of GINA Software - 10 July 2013

    With the worldwide Imagine Cup finals taking place right now, it is a good time to look back in the rear view mirror and see how we have been evolving as a start-up in a time of fantastic opportunities for technology specialists like us - despite the current economic challenges…

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  • Value does not wait for the number of years we age to

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 04 July 2013

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  • Luxembourg’s Parliament resolves to protect net neutrality, and the EU should follow

    Jean-Jacques Sahel Director, EMEA Policy and International Organisations - 01 July 2013

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  • Lithuanian company enables mobile app developers to help each other gain popularity

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 28 June 2013

    AdDuplex has created a platform that helps other mobile app and game developers gain exposure and stimulate growth.  In an intensely competitive market for mobile apps and games, it is hard for new companies to gain enough popularity to make revenue.

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  • Reducing emissions and facilitating renewable energy in data centres

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 24 June 2013

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  • Building the future with consumers: Microsoft partners with consumers to imagine better online experiences, opportunities for brands

    Natasha Hritzuk Global Senior Insights Director, Microsoft Advertising - 20 June 2013

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  • Technology for nature

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 14 June 2013

    If you have not yet planned your summer vacation, what about London for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition? You don’t need a formal science background or training to attend this free annual event which displays some of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the United Kingdom.

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  • Lync connects boardrooms from 6 cities at The State of the European Union

    Ludo De Bock Senior Director EU/NATO MS Corp - 07 June 2013

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  • Spreading Appiness: The AppCampus celebrates its first anniversary

    Éric Boustouller Corporate VP, Western Europe - 07 June 2013

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  • Innovative eHealth solutions at WoHIT

    Per Bendix Olsen Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa - 03 June 2013

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  • The Voice of Youth: Their Europe

    Sylvie Laffarge & Giuseppe Porcaro - 31 May 2013

    With the YO! Fest2013 taking place in Brussels this week, we took the opportunity to interview both Giuseppe Porcaro, Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum and Sylvie Laffarge, Director Community Affairs EMEA at Microsoft. Read on for more. 

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  • How Office 365 is changing the face of Education

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 23 May 2013

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  • Fiat fine-tunes connected, efficient, affordable driving experience

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 23 May 2013

    Uconnect infotainment solution debuts in Fiat 500L, showcases consumer and business value of flexible, intelligent systems powered by Windows Embedded Automotive.

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  • Exciting times at Innovate4Good seminar!

    Niina Gromov Treasurer and vice president on Helsinki board, BEST - Board of European Students of Technology - 17 May 2013

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  • IP promotes breakthroughs in fight against cancer

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 15 May 2013

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  • From the US elections to Eurovision 2013: how Big Data is helping make smarter predictions

    David Rothschild Microsoft Research New York - 13 May 2013

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  • The Digital binder - a OneNote project!

    Ellen Meyer Knutsen & Anne Cathrine Gotaas Special Needs Teacher&ICT Advisor at Pedkonsult, Math Teacher&ICT Advisor at Pedkonsult - 10 May 2013

    Microsoft OneNote has helped reduce student drop-out rates in NorwayThe country has made large investments in ICT education in recent years. What are the effects of these investments? How have they provided optimal learning and better outcomes for students?

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  • New World of Work: Is employee productivity versus happiness a necessary trade off?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 03 May 2013

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  • Dutch company makes digital distribution in the Cloud easy across Europe

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 30 April 2013

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  • Why should business get involved in education?

    Christian Vintergaard & Lene Vestergaard CEO, Teamleader from Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship - 30 April 2013

    Traditionally, young people are educated to become competent employees. This has been the goal for many years and has proved to be essential for the development and growth of modern society. For many years the educational systems has fostered an increasing number of educated and trained individuals for the benefit of the individual and society.

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  • The impact of non-formal education in youth organizations on young people’s employability

    Manuel Souto-Otero Senior Lecturer in Education Policy at the University of Bath - 24 April 2013

    If you were an employer looking for a young person to recruit, would you rather hire someone with impeccable academic credentials or someone who you knew can communicate effectively, has good organizational skills, can take decisions independently, bring the best from others to achieve common goals?

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  • Preserving Latin America’s wildlife

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 22 April 2013

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  • Become the director of your own orchestra with Damassama

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 19 April 2013

    It took a year for the artist Léonore Mercier to create Damassama, a unique installation of its kind. Trained for a year at the national studio of contemporary art Le Fresnoy, the young woman has managed to transcend tradition and modernity in her creation.

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  • Sisters are doing STEM for themselves: Female BizSpark entrepreneurs speak out about women in tech

    Jacqueline Russell Microsoft Western Europe Academic Lead - 17 April 2013

    Why are there so few women technology entrepreneurs? There are numerous research projects and opinion polls that have looked into the issue, but we decided to go straight to the source and ask some of the leading female Start-ups working with Microsoft in Europe what they think.

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  • What are the policy considerations in enabling Big Data?

    C. Kutterer,EU Inst Relations;C. Nguyen,Technology Policy;P.Haynes,US-R&D Advanced Strategies&Policy - 16 April 2013

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  • Spanish innovators are growing with Windows 8 apps

    Soha Hohnecker Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft - 12 April 2013

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  • Big data: The next big ICT policy debate in Brussels

    C. Kutterer,EU Inst Relations;C. Nguyen,Technology Policy;P.Haynes,US-R&D Advanced Strategies&Policy - 12 April 2013

    In recent years, cloud computing has captured much of policy makers’ attention. With its massive datacenters, the Internet cloud delivers virtually infinite resources, providing the storage capacity to orchestrate massive flow of information and, most importantly, providing an elasticity of computing resources that cuts costs for businesses and government alike.

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  • Effective career levers for youth: putting more Europeans into jobs

    Lori Harnick Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft - 12 April 2013

    Europe is at risk of being left behind by countries such as India, which is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Currently the EU member states lose €153 billion every year by not being able to reconcile a quality transition and easier access to the labour market for the 14 million out-of-work, disengaged young Europeans.

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  • Watch the Machine Learning Summit live and online

    Events - 11 April 2013

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  • Autolib’ brings intelligent car-sharing to Paris

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 10 April 2013

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  • EU for high quality learning: Updates from the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 04 April 2013

    You’ve all seen the figures over the past year and more that show high youth unemployment across some European Union Member States. But do people know that technology can have an enabling role in Europe and beyond? 

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  • Europe’s growth and renewal depends on its youth taking risks for innovation and entrepreneurship

    Kumardev Chatterjee Founder and President of the European Young Innovators Forum - 28 March 2013

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  • Coming to aid of brain-tumour patients

    Rob Knies Managing Editor, Microsoft Research - 28 March 2013

    Fourteen to 15 months—that’s the average prognosis for patients with glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant glioma, says Dr. Patrick Y. Wen, clinical director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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  • Eco-testing a building before it is even built

    Dennis Gannon Director, Cloud Research Strategy - 25 March 2013

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  • Startup Revolutionary road helps Italian youth look at the bright side

    Sara Campagna Audience marketing manager in DPE, Microsoft Italy - 19 March 2013

    Recently, both at European level and at Microsoft, we have had many discussions on how can industry improve and bridge the productivity skills of youth transitioning from school to work, and one of the things that we have found out is that it cannot happen without investments efforts and good will at national level in all European countries.

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  • Microsoft vision: the future of living, working and playing

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 15 March 2013

    Back in the early days of Microsoft, our mission was to put a PC on every desk and in every home — an ambitious goal for the time. Behind that was the conviction that computer technology had the innate capacity to enrich peoples’ lives. The trick was applying it in a way that made sense, solved a problem, or generally made life better.

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  • Young Technology Innovators Creating Solutions and Real Impact for Better Health

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 13 March 2013

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  • Europe’s new plan for Digital Jobs: Microsoft signs pledge at Grand Coalition

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 12 March 2013

    The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was launched last week to address the shortfall of Europeans with digital professional skills and to exploit the employment potential of ICT. The EU's competitiveness is "under threat" according to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, if it cannot fill the expertise gap. 

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  • European APPCUP 2013: And the winners are…

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 08 March 2013

    Following a tough process the jury of the European AppCup 2013 has chosen the winners of our competition.

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  • Mobile innovation coming out of European APPCUP 2013

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 07 March 2013

    One of the greatest opportunities in ICT right now is developing apps. Mobile innovation is no longer tied to things like hardware design but to app development.

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  • TechFest 2013: Technology Gets Smarter

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 March 2013

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  • Office 365 heralds a new era in workplace collaboration

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 27 Feb. 2013

    Today we are celebrating a key milestone with the latest release of Office 365, which recognizes that the modern workplace is changing; that business success is now determined by how quickly people can connect, interact and share information; and that collaboration has a real business value.

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  • The Big Bang: how the Big Data explosion is changing the world

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 25 Feb. 2013

    In the battle of the buzzwords, “big data” is about to render “guestimation” obsolete.

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  • Youth, parents, teachers, schools: take note of a new online bullying report

    Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft - 19 Feb. 2013

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  • Ideas from the Nordic Lighthouse

    Nanna-Louise Linde Associate General Counsel, Microsoft, Northern Europe - 18 Feb. 2013

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  • Making progress on web accessibility across Europe

    James Thurston Director, International Accessibility Policy - 12 Feb. 2013

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  • Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visits Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 Feb. 2013

    The EU and its Member States investment in R&D is a vital, long-term investment in our collective future. In coming years, Europe’s prosperity, competitiveness and social cohesion will depend far more on its intellectual capital than on any other form of wealth; to starve its education, research or innovation base now will set back Europe’s global competitiveness by years.

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  • Europeans say they’re getting bogged down by everyday chores

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 04 Feb. 2013

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  • Microsoft building biogas-powered data center in Wyoming

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 01 Feb. 2013

    Earlier this year our colleagues in Global Foundation Services shared a concept for what they called a Data Plant, a fuel cell-powered data center designed to run on biogas generated from landfills or water treatment plants.

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  • Swedish SME makes mobile publishing across platforms effortless

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 21 Jan. 2013

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  • Spectrum Observatory launch: TV White Spaces technology in action

    Events - 11 Jan. 2013

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  • Windows 8 family safety settings help keep kids safer online

    Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft - 10 Jan. 2013

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  • Transforming education to regain economic prosperity

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 04 Jan. 2013

    Recommendations for education systems to support an improved workforce in the 21st century. Education systems need to be reformed in order to provide the workforce of the future with ‘updated’ skills.

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  • Sharing creative approaches at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    Joao Ramalheiro - 22 Dec. 2012

    The Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012 was a unique experience in my career, summarising in two words: Life Changing! I was able to be connected with brilliant personalities and projects and I felt that I wasn't alone on this journey.

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  • Craig Mundie’s TechForum Insights: Episode 1, Big Data and Machine Learning

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 20 Dec. 2012

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  • Why look for new solutions to youth employability when some are already working?

    Matthieu Delage President chez JADE - European Confederation of Junior Enterprises - 18 Dec. 2012

    Today, millions of job positions remain untaken in Europe. Yet millions of young people are unemployed. The Youth Employability Award recently organised by Microsoft, Accenture and Adecco aimed at presenting efficient solutions to this issue.

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  • Italian company makes digital publishing fast and easy through the cloud

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 18 Dec. 2012

    Publishers are keen to take advantage of the mobile revolution and get their content available on smartphones and tablets, but this can be a laborious, time-consuming and expensive process. With Paperlit’s cloud-based service, publishers only upload content once to make it available to millions of tablet, smartphone and Facebook users.

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  • Hope and despair in Europolis

    Jonathan Zuck - 13 Dec. 2012

    Landing at Zaventem airport during a snow storm last week, I suddenly felt as though the Euro crisis had taken physical form. Europe seemed stuck in a permanent winter since 2008 with no warmth in sight. Worse still, it seemed as though some of the EU’s politicians were busy perfecting ice-maker policies rather than helping to fix the central heating. 

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  • Innovating for Better Health: doing new with less

    Joe Macri VP EMEA Public Sector, Microsoft - 10 Dec. 2012

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  • Supporting future pioneers of computer science

    Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche Senior Research Program Manager in Microsoft Research Connections EMEA - 10 Dec. 2012

    When Jurgen van Gael joined London-based start-up Rangespan – a company which develops analytical tools to help retailers grow and optimise their online range – he found his combination of scientific and practical experience to be crucial for making an impact in the start-up environment.

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  • VIDEO: Building an innovative & cost effective health system in Europe

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 04 Dec. 2012

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  • Windows 8: Why it matters to the European Health Sector

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 30 Nov. 2012

    It has been just over a month since Windows 8 officially launched but what does this mean for vast numbers of European health workers and patients out there?

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  • Polish company brings together the community of blood collection centers and donors

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 29 Nov. 2012

    Hilverse is a Polish company founded in December 2011 that runs a flagship project, LifeCircle+, which aims to revolutionise lifesaving methods by offering a comprehensive solution to existing challenges of the blood collection system.

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  • Training the next generation of developers

    Jacqueline Russell Microsoft Western Europe Academic Lead - 23 Nov. 2012

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  • Open innovation is vital for resource-constrained start-ups

    Samuel Mueller Mirasense, ACES winner 2010 - 23 Nov. 2012

    Young companies ‘co-innovate’ constantly with customers, partners and advisors - but that doesn’t mean sharing everything, explains the founder of three-year-old barcode scanning platform Scandit

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  • Across the spectrum: White Spaces are gaining momentum

    Jim Beveridge Director of International Technology Affairs - 23 Nov. 2012

    Everywhere you look from Europe, to Canada or Singapore, more efficient spectrum use is increasingly a global regulatory goal; with attention now shifting to what spectrum sharing can add to existing spectrum management options.

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  • Open Innovation Game: Large and Small Companies partner in the quest to germinate the next great idea

    Arlene Weintraub FUTURES contributor - 23 Nov. 2012

    Competitions and crowdsourcing platforms drive new modes of collaboration, business alliances and growth.

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  • Patients in UK would Skype their doctor, if the option was available

    Jean-Jacques Sahel Director, EMEA Policy and International Organisations - 20 Nov. 2012

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  • European customers embrace Windows 8

    Erwin Visser Senior Director Windows Division, Microsoft - 16 Nov. 2012

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  • Healthcare technology innovation – overcoming the challenge, a prescription from miMedication

    Mitchell Silva CEO, miMedication - 16 Nov. 2012

    Being a start-up is never easy but some markets are particularly challenging. The healthcare sector is arguably one of these, because of the (understandably) often complex layers of legislation and scientific validation required, so adoption of new innovation can be lengthy.

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  • Steve Ballmer talks up Windows 8 and Windows Phone in Europe

    Jesse Verstraete Senior EU Communications Manager - 15 Nov. 2012

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  • Windows 8 gets big support among global partners

    Per Bendix Olsen Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa - 09 Nov. 2012

    I have recently attended a Microsoft partner conference in Rome, which brought together Microsoft thought leaders, innovators, partners, and customers from around the world to discuss the future of technology in the public sector and new ways of creating a real impact in government.

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  • What can a little flexibility do for your business?

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 08 Nov. 2012

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  • Kid’s corner on Windows Phone 8 – our next deliverable to the CEO coalition

    Cornelia Kutterer Senior Policy Counsel - 05 Nov. 2012

    The children of today are citizens of a digital era. Children now have the opportunity to learn in both fun and interactive ways. They can explore and develop their passions in a manner that not long ago would have been either unaffordable or simply unavailable.

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  • Supporting innovators for a sustainable future

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 31 Oct. 2012

    I recently had the honour to attend the Sustainia Awards ceremony with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Honorary Chair of the Committee), Connie Hedegaard (European Commissioner for Climate Action), Gro Harlem Brundtland (former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of WHO), and Dr Pachauri (Chair of the IPCC).

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  • No compromise experience with Windows 8

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 26 Oct. 2012

    Today Windows 8 really comes to life as our customers are able to choose from more than 1,000 new Windows 8 devices across a variety of form factors that offer them a no compromise experience.

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  • Innovating teaching and learning practices: developing creative classrooms in Europe

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 25 Oct. 2012

    The Next Partners in Learning Global Forum will take place in Prague on 28th Nov-1st Dec. What the Partners in Learning programme does is to help school leaders discover and share best practices to foster a culture of innovation. 

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  • How will Windows 8 boost European businesses?

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 25 Oct. 2012

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  • Exclusive video: Bill Gates on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 22 Oct. 2012

    I often tell people I’ve got one of the best jobs at Microsoft; I get the opportunity to meet and talk with the people here who brew the special sauce that is Microsoft. Last week I got to meet and talk with the guy who first created the sauce.

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  • French company with an edge in innovative design develops business analytics app for Windows 8

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 19 Oct. 2012

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  • Ideas Matter – and Intellectual Property Matters – to Innovative SMEs

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 11 Oct. 2012

    October 15-21 marks SME Week in the European Union!  This is a time for the EU to recognise, promote and help small and medium-sized businesses, which are so important for Europe’s innovation, competitiveness, jobs and overall welfare.

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  • Story of an entrepreneur: Sindhu Joseph on fast track from student to success

    Sindhu Joseph CEO and Founder, CogniCor - 10 Oct. 2012

    CEO and founder Sindhu Joseph took time out of her busy schedule running her very successful business to tell us her story, talk about working with Microsoft, winning Tech All Stars and what it’s like being an entrepreneur in a tough economy.

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  • Green Standards Week: joining forces for global change

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 02 Oct. 2012

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  • Estonian-Croatian SME is revolutionising offline advertising with Kinect technology

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 28 Sept. 2012

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  • A bright future for cities? Thoughts from the “Future of Cities” forum

    David Burrows Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa - 27 Sept. 2012

    With more than 50% of the world’s population already living in cities, and projections that this number will surpass 70% by 2050, the accelerating trend of urbanization raises many challenges and demands for governments.

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  • Health Modernization: the role of ICT in strengthening the health system in Europe

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 21 Sept. 2012

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  • Intellectual property rights are key for European growth

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 21 Sept. 2012

    As always on our website, we try and bring you a wide variety of opinion pieces from external specialists on our key topics . One such topic is Intellectual Property (IP) protection, which we consider as a very important driver of innovation and growth in the digital economy.

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  • ITU Green Standards Week

    Events - 18 Sept. 2012

    The Green Standards Week will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. 

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  • Fighting cyber threats you can’t see coming

    Futures - 14 Sept. 2012

    Berlin’s Trifense, an EIT Entrepreneurship Award winner, takes a new approach to Internet security – and starts to gain traction in the market.

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  • Finding and measuring 21st-century skills

    Futures - 14 Sept. 2012

    Companies want employees who can think critically, work collaboratively and communicate through new technology. A revolutionary project is teaching students how to do them all.

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  • Autitouch solution on the cloud makes autism diagnosis faster and more accurate

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 07 Sept. 2012

    Worldwide, diagnosis of autism is traditionally a very manual process, one that is labour intensive, expensive, prone to error and without any room for observation. Dutch-based Autitouch has developed an innovative solution that uses Microsoft Surface technology to enable children to play ‘serious games’ that help the medical profession make more accurate diagnoses.

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  • Cloud power: helping to save and transform lives in the world’s poorest countries

    Una O'Sullivan Western Europe Citizenship Community Affairs Manager - 07 Sept. 2012

    Concern, a global humanitarian NGO, build its worldwide email platform on the cloud in order to reduce IT costs, and to insure efficient communication when providing disaster relief and support.

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  • An Italian school reaches for excellence with innovative education

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 04 Sept. 2012

    The School Istituto Laporta in Galatina is a school of excellence. The Partners in Learning (PIL) school programme marked an important step for the school. When the PIL programme was implemented, the school maximized its potential at national and international level.

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  • Irish SME creates solution that allows anyone to build their own app

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 29 Aug. 2012

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  • What economic downturn? European tech start-ups flourish in the storm

    Futures - 17 Aug. 2012

    Victor Henning, co-founder of Mendeley, an online service that helps academic researchers organise and share the mounds of documents they collect, hardly looked up from his computer screen when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008. He was immersed in the day-to-day routines of his start-up, including getting more users and securing the next round of venture capital.

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  • German hospital network increases data security and access, while cutting costs

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 16 Aug. 2012

    A network of hospitals and health care facilities in Germany used cloud computing to increase their access to files in a reliable and secure way while lowering IT costs.

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  • Fostering open innovation

    Henry Chesbrough & Wim Vanhaverbeke Esade Professor, I.S. Mgmt. & Visiting Professor, Open Innovation Mgmt, National Uni. of Singapore - 10 Aug. 2012

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  • The Digital Patrols project: upgrading the education system by student role models

    Kresten Thorndahl Student Guest Blogger and Project Manager - 09 Aug. 2012

    ICT has recently been pointed out by the European Commission as one of the big job growth areas and as a digital native, a student in 2012 who has grown up surrounded by technology I should feel privileged.. 

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  • Creating an entrepreneurial environment

    Dipak C. Jain Dean of INSEAD - 06 Aug. 2012

    Social stability, economic prosperity, and cultural richness all depend on educational excellence. Over the past thousand years, European universities have been at the forefront of shaping art, science and commerce.

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  • Making Ministry of Education website cope when exam results are out

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 03 Aug. 2012

    In this case study you can read about how through cloud computing, SIVECO Romania’s solution helped the Ministry of Education lower costs and offer new and more reliable services to the public.

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  • Gaming technology helps children with cerebral palsy

    Anders Thomsen Government Affairs Manager - 31 July 2012

    The Helene Elsass Center along with Microsoft Partner Commentor and Mitii Development A/S is building a programme called Mitii Kinect to help children diagnosed with cerebral palsy get the consistent help they need to develop their motor skills. Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition which impairs the motor skills and causes issues with physical movement.

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  • UK local authorities process citizens’ forms 80 percent faster, reduce costs with cloud solution

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 25 July 2012

    In this case study, you can read about how IEG4 used cloud computing to help local UK governments deliver services faster and minimize costs.

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  • Belgian SME provides cloud solutions across the BeNeLux region

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 23 July 2012

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  • Italian company building online efficiencies with cloud computing

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 18 July 2012

    In this case study, you can read about Desmoweb and their cloud-based solution jotURL that helps manage web content such as html, text, video & audio.

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  • Learning from the past

    Futures - 18 July 2012

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  • 1995–2012: from a directive to a regulation, the Microsoft perspective

    Jean Gonié & Peter Cullen Director of Privacy, EU affairs & General Manager Trustworthy Computing and Chief Privacy Strategist - 17 July 2012

    On 25 January 2012, the European Commission unveiled a comprehensive proposal to modernize its 17-year-old data protection regime. Given the vast technological and societal changes that have occurred since Directive 95/46 went into effect, this is a vitally important effort, and the stakes are high.

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  • Young European talent gathering over innovative ideas!

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 10 July 2012

    A major power outage in downtown Brussels did not mar the UNConvention, held in Brussels in June and which brought together young Europeans with innovative ideas, investors, business leaders, academics, policy and decision makers, including European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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  • Governments improve their services with the help of technology

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 10 July 2012

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  • What drives an innovative, IT economy?

    Juliano Tubino Worldwide Director, Innovation and Emerging Business, Microsoft - 03 July 2012

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  • 2012 BizSpark Winner Provides eCommerce Solution on a Global Scale

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 29 June 2012

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  • UNConvention gives Europe’s young entrepreneurs a voice

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 22 June 2012

    It may be a cliché, but our collective future really does depend on the brightest and best of youthful talent. Here in Europe, Microsoft has initiated a huge focus on nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs, across a wide variety of projects and programs. Our latest involvement is at the UN Convention Young Innovators event taking place in Brussels 26-27 June.

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  • Surface: new family of PCs for Windows

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 21 June 2012

    On 18 June, we have unveiled Surface: a new family of PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. You can view here, company executives presenting two Windows tablets and accessories. They explain the significant advances in industrial design we made and demonstrate the attention to detail.

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  • Computation helps understand cancer

    Jasmin Fisher Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Programming Principles & Tools group - 20 June 2012

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  • Education reform means a break from the past

    Futures - 13 June 2012

    Why the industrial model – hierarchical organizations using standardised methods to produce uniform products – no longer works for schools or students.

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  • First for touchless technology in vascular surgery

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 13 June 2012

    I am really glad every time I come across examples of technology applied to improve citizens’ lives. As recently announced, the forward looking  Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom decided to run a pilot programme of using touchless technology in the operating theatre.

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  • Start-ups showcase impressive innovations

    Bindi Karia VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK - 13 June 2012

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  • Seizing the opportunity to build a brighter, more competitive future for Europe

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 07 June 2012

    With economic headwinds buffeting Europe, governments are confronted by many difficult challenges. But in these unpredictable times, one thing is certain – that Europe has to embrace change, to do things in a better, more efficient and innovative way.

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  • The end of the remote control

    Futures - 01 June 2012

    Somewhere in the world, this scene is taking place. The lights are low in the living room, and a couple wants to switch from a video game to a movie.

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  • Bringing customers to the forefront with cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 31 May 2012

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  • Collaboration, Persistence and Community: Our take on the essence of Innovation

    Michalis Tolkas and Jasmer Dhingra - 30 May 2012

    How do we inspire innovation in young people? How can we successfully marry technology with social entrepreneurship? How do we foster ideas for positive change?

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  • Portuguese Hospital moves to the cloud to be more efficient in tough economic times

    Rui Gomes Director of Technology & Information Systems, Hospital Fernando Fonseca - 16 May 2012

    Back in 2010, I had a vision to build an information system that would advance the pace of delivering quality healthcare and challenge the perception that public institutions are slow moving.

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  • Imagine Cup: 10 years of imagining a brighter future through technology

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 14 May 2012

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  • Beaming Bright in Brussels - Innovate4Good sparked by European Youth

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 08 May 2012

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  • Optimizing public sector services in the Azores Archipelago with cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 30 April 2012

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  • EVENT: Innovate4Good @Microsoft

    Events - 27 April 2012

    Innovate4Good@Microsoft in Brussels will bring together over 120 young Europeans in interactive workshops and activities to discuss how they can imagine and realise leadership in today’s technology driven economy.

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  • The classroom of the future is here

    Futures - 26 April 2012

    Innovative teachers + technology + smart policies = the active learning and collaborative skills required for the 21st century.

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  • Doctors on a call

    Futures - 25 April 2012

    A start-up created by two British medics combines social networks and cloud computing to make hospital staffing more efficient.

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  • Building better broadband for Europe

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 24 April 2012

    Faced with economic malaise, Europe needs to fully harness all of its natural resources. One vital and valuable resource that remains underused is TV-band and other spectrum.

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  • Transformative technology for active and healthy ageing

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 20 April 2012

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  • Ubiquitous Computing: serving user needs anytime, anywhere

    Cornelia Kutterer & Fabien Petitcolas Senior Policy Counsel & Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 April 2012

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  • European Institute of Innovation & Technology, a decent job, but…

    Futures - 13 April 2012

    Looking back at his three-year term as chairman of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), Martin Schuurmans has mixed feelings.

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  • Logica - Showcasing IBOR

    Demos - 05 April 2012

    IBOR (Intergraal Beheer Publieke Ruimte) is an innovative smart control and management system for public areas. By remotely maintaining and controlling public infrastructure such as street lights, IBOR helps to save energy, decrease maintenance costs and reduce CO2 emissions. Delivered through the cloud, the tool is expected to help reduce urban area energy use by 25 to 40 per cent.

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  • Unisys - Citizen Interaction Solution

    Demos - 04 April 2012

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  • Atomblock - Digital Distribution in the Cloud

    Demos - 04 April 2012

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  • Remaking Europe’s schools

    Futures - 06 March 2012

    In terms of modernising educational systems, Commissioner Vassiliou says, “We have a long way to go”.

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  • Transformative Consumer Technologies: Ubiquitous Computing

    Events - 06 March 2012

    Ubiquitous Computing

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  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview is here!

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 01 March 2012

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  • Apps for Living Sustainably

    Josh Henretig Group Manager, Environmental Sustainability - 28 Feb. 2012

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  • Social Computing: social networks for productivity and learning

    Cornelia Kutterer & Fabien Petitcolas Senior Policy Counsel & Director for Innovation, Europe - 22 Feb. 2012

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  • Better, faster, cheaper! Eliminating the hassle in public administrations

    Karen McCandless News Editor of Touch magazine, Editor of OnWindows.com - 20 Feb. 2012

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  • North Rhine-Westphalia Police delivers mobile innovation to its employees and residents

    Wayne Phillips Industry Lead, Public Safety and National Security business, Microsoft EMEA - 15 Feb. 2012

    The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Police is the largest police force in Germany with 50,000 police officers serving about 19 million people. The NRW Police uses technologies that benefit their constituents, and mobile technology is one of them.

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  • Encouraging disruptive innovation

    Juliano Tubino Worldwide Director, Innovation and Emerging Business, Microsoft - 13 Feb. 2012

    I had the pleasure to attend TEDx in Athens, Greece, and present a topic that is dear to my heart: disruptive innovation.

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  • Basic research as a driver of our economic future

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 08 Feb. 2012

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  • Getting the mice out of the operating theatres

    Futures - 03 Feb. 2012

    If doctors could use natural user interfaces, like gestures, surgery could be quicker and safer.

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  • SME uses cloud computing to innovate for real impact in Portugal

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 01 Feb. 2012

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  • Innovation means start-ups can ‘dream big’ from day one

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 27 Jan. 2012

    Look at the glass – what do you see?  Is it half full?  Is it half empty?  To a lot of start-ups, neither matter because they see a third way. Maybe they can do something totally different with the glass and on a big scale.  And it is this ‘out of the box’ thinking that is behind a whole new generation of start-ups, who if we give them a chance, could bring revenue into Europe and create jobs.

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  • Efficient ICT solutions for a stronger European economy

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 24 Jan. 2012

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  • Governments Solutions Forum 2012

    Events - 20 Jan. 2012

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  • Emerging markets - what’s in a name?

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 20 Jan. 2012

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  • Outlook for 2012, fuelling the European economy

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 18 Jan. 2012

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  • Swiss innovation on a roll

    Futures - 17 Jan. 2012

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  • Natural Computing: Natural User Interfaces open up enormous opportunities to address societal and economic challenges

    Cornelia Kutterer & Fabien Petitcolas Senior Policy Counsel & Director for Innovation, Europe - 16 Dec. 2011

    Early December 2011, we started a new guest speakers’ series to talk about future technology trends and their impact on our work and life.

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  • Partnering for better health

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 16 Dec. 2011

    The challenges posed by Europe’s ageing population are pushing policymakers to act quickly before the health systems become unsustainable. This drive for improved efficiency and cost effectiveness in healthcare systems is increasingly encouraging stakeholders to embrace technology-based health solutions.

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  • Pioneers for IT services for the public sector use cloud to cut costs and improve service

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 15 Dec. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about London Borough of Newham’s leading example of utilizing cloud computing in public sector services and sharing technology with neighbouring boroughs which has resulted in improved service delivery and digital engagement with its citizens.

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  • Virtual climate summits to cut carbon emissions

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 13 Dec. 2011

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  • We came a long way, and there is still a long way to go

    Dr Meir Pugatch & Helen Disney - 07 Dec. 2011

    Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted a wide-ranging strategy on IPRs. This strategy sets out a blueprint for a number of initiatives the Commission intends to launch between now and 2012 in various areas, including patents, trade marks, geographical indications, copyright licensing and digital libraries.

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  • Public sector cloud computing scenarios

    Dr. Peter Deussen Senior Researcher at Fraunhofer FOKUS - 06 Dec. 2011

    Cloud computing  is currently considered to have great potential in mitigating the financial and administrative difficulties of public administrations in Germany. It promises to both optimize the use of IT resources, and encourages a great variety of collaboration options.

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  • Working together from COP17 to help save tomorrow

    Ludo De Bock Senior Director EU/NATO MS Corp - 02 Dec. 2011

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  • Transformative Consumer Technologies: Natural Computing

    Events - 29 Nov. 2011

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  • The future of gaming in Europe - finding the “Angry Birds” of tomorrow

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 23 Nov. 2011

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  • Exploring the sustainable society of tomorrow

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 18 Nov. 2011

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  • Partnering for Better Health: improving care, accelerating growth and efficiency

    Events - 10 Nov. 2011

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  • The Heart of Bing Maps is in Europe

    Alexander Wiechert Business Director Microsoft, GM of Vexcel Imaging - 07 Nov. 2011

    Not too long ago the geospatial industry enjoyed a fair amount of anonymity. Those who worked in the profession drew blank stares at social gatherings when the topic of discussion took the inevitable “what do you do?” turn. “Mapping” was an easy enough response, though the impression left was that of the AA or Michelin Road Atlases.

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  • Video demo: mobile technology for efficient healthcare

    Emmanuelle Cunin Utilities Department Manager, STERIA BENELUX - 26 Oct. 2011

    Doctors want to reduce their administrative work and patients want easy access to healthcare. Why not use mobile technology to help them?

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  • European researchers switch from super computers to cloud computing

    Tuomas Eerola Partner, Techila Technologies - 24 Oct. 2011

    More than ever now, the European Commission needs to focus on building and growing the high-performance computing (HPC) market. High-performance computing (HPC) uses supercomputers to solve advanced computation problems and is a key enabler of ground-breaking innovation that creates high wage jobs and allows Europe’s competitiveness to be maintained.

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  • Gen Y leading the way out of the financial crisis

    Jacqueline Russell Microsoft Western Europe Academic Lead - 17 Oct. 2011

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  • Big ideas for growth and innovation

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 17 Oct. 2011

    How can we make our economies succeed, provide jobs and build for the future?  These are the big questions on government leaders’ minds this year – not to mention those of business and of people everywhere.

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  • Why teens really do need social network sites

    danah boyd Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research - 14 Oct. 2011

    Teenagers use Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to form their social identities – in a world that may or may not include their parents.

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  • Making buildings energy-smart at Microsoft

    Josh Henretig Group Manager, Environmental Sustainability - 12 Oct. 2011

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  • Why national policies and business models must align to bring e-Health innovation into the mainstream

    Bill Crounse Senior Director, Worldwide Health - 04 Oct. 2011

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  • European innovations unveiled

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 30 Sept. 2011

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  • Videos: Embracing cloud and IT energy efficiency

    Josh Henretig Group Manager, Environmental Sustainability - 15 Sept. 2011

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  • Cloud helps the City of Madrid stay green, one tree at a time

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 15 Sept. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how a Madrid based company has developed a cloud solution to enable its 17,000 residents help the city council maintain its 245,000 trees and keep the city green, with the help of an innovative SME – Tecnigral .

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  • Europe’s mixed performance on the Global Innovation Index

    Soumitra Dutta & Daniela Benavente - 09 Sept. 2011

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  • Microsoft’s quest for greater efficiency in the cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 09 Sept. 2011

    I underlined in several of my previous posts that cloud computing brings great benefits such as scalability and increased energy efficiency, but what about the next phase? As data centers grow in capacity and the rate of adoption increases, we need also to look to the future.

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  • Health for all, care for you: The promise of personalised healthcare in Europe

    Futures - 08 Sept. 2011

    Personalised healthcare stands at the confluence of the most powerful technologies in the history of the life sciences.  

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  • Defining eHealth

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 07 Sept. 2011

    In a recent Microsoft eHealth and Interoperability event, we asked various experts and thought leaders on the definition of eHealth.

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  • Future vision of healthcare

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 07 Sept. 2011

    Microsoft takes a look on what will be the future of healthcare. We recommend that you check the video below to get a glimpse what we believe healthcare management would be in the future. For more video, watch this space or check out the Microsoft Europe Dailymotion page.
     
     

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  • Gaming can promote mobility, balance and coordination in the ageing population

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 07 Sept. 2011

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  • VIDEO: Take a peek into our cloud data centres

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 07 Sept. 2011

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  • Microsoft President International at INSEAD: IT and climate change

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 07 Sept. 2011

    I've just re-watched this video of Jean-Philippe Courtois talking to INSEAD about the role that IT can play in mitigating climate change, answering that age-old question: what does the ICT industry have to do with climate change?! It's nearly a couple of years old, but still relevant

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  • Vital value of the cloud: Delivering patient-centred care

    Ruediger Dorn Director Innovation, WW Technology Office MS Corp - 07 Sept. 2011

    Can cloud computing put patients in control of their own health information? How can innovations in cloud technology help improve general standards of care across Europe? What are the benefits for healthcare organisations that have adopted the cloud as part of their operational structure? What are the benefits for the users?

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  • How to recruit innovation into Europe’s SMEs

    Nigel Gibbons Chairman of UniTech - 29 Aug. 2011

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  • The imperative of energy efficient IT

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 Aug. 2011

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  • Digital heirlooms, your lifetime on a chip

    Futures - 19 Aug. 2011

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  • The smart way to roll out smart grids

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 18 Aug. 2011

    Governments around the world are racing to invest in smart electricity grids to reduce energy consumption and battle climate change. The European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan includes a €2 billion investment in smart grids over the next ten years. By 2020, the EU aims to have smart meters in 80 per cent of homes.

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  • Microsoft invests in Connected Health

    Alex Gray Senior Marketing Manager Microsoft EMEA - 04 Aug. 2011

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  • Bing Twitter Maps links tweeters to their location

    Futures - 29 July 2011

    How often has a friend tweeted you from a restaurant? Weren’t you curious to know where exactly it was? Since late 2009, Twitter users have been able to add details of their location to a tweet. Bing Twitter Maps, a new Twitter-based app developed by Microsoft researchers, merges these geotagged public tweets with the rich geographical information available via Bing Maps.

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  • Cloud computing-based German innovation helps reduce energy costs

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 29 July 2011

    EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said that “The cheapest energy is the one we don’t consume”. Private households also need to reduce their energy needs, and doing so makes economic sense too: lowering your room temperature by just three degrees can save 20 percent on heating costs. Even reducing temperature by a single degree can cut consumption by 6 percent.

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  • How to make the most of the open data opportunity?

    Francesca Di Massimo Security & Interoperability Lead, Western Europe - 13 July 2011

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  • How does Windows 7 manage power and use energy efficiently?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 08 July 2011

    Microsoft’s latest products are geared towards enabling users to be more productive and to do their work faster and more efficiently. But as well as being user-friendly, its products have also been specifically crafted to manage power efficiently, reducing both energy use and your overall electricity bill.

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  • Video interview: What legislation can do to maximize cloud computing benefits for European citizens

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 06 July 2011

    Continuing my cloud conversation with Microsoft International’s president Jean-Philippe Courtois, we now talk about the ongoing availability of cloud technologies for citizens.

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  • From science to enterprise: new apps for the cloud

    Fabrizio Gagliardi - 01 July 2011

    Organisations of all types are adopting cloud computing technologies to gain flexibility and strategic advantage in their environments.

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  • ‘Skills for the Cloud’: shaping the debate in Rome

    Gian Luca Petrillo Government Affairs Manager, Italy - 30 June 2011

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  • How TV White Spaces can bring broadband to all

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 26 June 2011

    Several of the EU’s biggest tech and media companies join together to explore use of TV white spaces spectrum to help meet the fast rising demand for broadband and therefore meet Europe 2020 targets for broadband coverage.

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  • Inspiring the next generation of scientists

    Dorothee Belz Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Europe  - 24 June 2011

    Educate, inspire, connect – three words that describe the unique summit taking place this year: the 61st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.  It is an exceptional conference which illustrates just how meaningful and fascinating science is for society.

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  • It’s getting personal: computerised health records come of age

    Futures - 23 June 2011

    “Every human being is author of his own health or disease,” the Buddha said. Some 2,500 years later, technology is allowing patients to truly take control of their own well-being in what may be the biggest medical revolution in decades: the computerisation of personal health records (PHRs).

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  • Working smarter for a more competitive Europe

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 20 June 2011

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  • What's next for software in cars

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 16 June 2011

    Over the last few decades microprocessors and software have been increasingly present in cars. Today, an average car might contain as many as 50 microprocessors, each with their own piece of software on them. Electric cars have even more electronics on them and it is likely that tomorrow’s car will have even more!

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  • My meeting with European Commissioner Hedegaard

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 09 June 2011

    I was recently at a roundtable meeting with Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and many companies representing the financial, manufacturing, technology and transport sectors and NGOs. Part of the discussion was on the EU’s carbon emissions reduction target for 2020 and a move from 20% to 30%.

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  • eGovernment in times of economic challenges

    Ruediger Dorn Director Innovation, WW Technology Office MS Corp - 09 June 2011

    The Centre for eGovernance Development in Ljubljana and the Austrian Computer Society in Vienna have co-organised the 9th Eastern European eGov Days on "eGovernment in Times of Economic Challenges”.

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  • Addressing cloud computing globally

    Dan Reed Corporate VP, Technology Strategy & Policy - 07 June 2011

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  • Thoughts on the future of EU research funding

    Andrew Herbert Chairman, Microsoft Research EMEA - 31 May 2011

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  • Smart use of technology helps improve work environment

    Frank Abbenhuijs Microsoft Human Resources - 30 May 2011

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  • How enabling technologies bring new business models to advance eHealth for citizens in France

    Wendy Currie - 27 May 2011

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  • Europe earns lion’s share of innovation competition finalists

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 26 May 2011

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  • Video interview: The role of ICT in reaching a low carbon economy

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 May 2011

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  • Counterfeiting, Piracy and IP Enforcement

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 20 May 2011

    You might imagine that counterfeiting and piracy were a thing of the past, particularly in the EU, but sadly this is not the case for most industries, including the technology and software sectors. For business software alone, the software piracy rate in western Europe stands at about 34%, one in three copies of business software in use in Europe is counterfeit or pirated.

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  • Video interview: Collaborating with universities to support research and innovation

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 May 2011

    The European Commission has placed innovation at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, encouraging large companies to play a key role through investing in research and development (R&D), as well as through public-private partnerships. 

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  • How do you offer ICT services to mobile health workers?

    Vincent van Doorn Corporate Account Manager Healthcare, Microsoft - 20 May 2011

    How do you offer ICT services to mobile health workers?

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  • WoHIT puts patients at the center of EU health

    Bill Crounse Senior Director, Worldwide Health - 13 May 2011

    It feels like the past two days in Budapest, Hungary, have gone by in the blink of an eye; in this case a somewhat droopy, red and tired pair of eyes. Let me start with a gigantic thank you to the many customers, partners, clinicians, EU officials, press and others who engaged with me and my Microsoft colleagues during the World of Health IT (WoHIT).

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  • Video interview: How cloud computing can help public sector in Europe make difficult choices

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 06 May 2011

    Following the recent economic downturn, public sector administration across Europe have had to make some tough financial decisions, whilst still ensuring high quality and cost effective services for the ever more digital citizens in Europe.

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  • On the way to Budapest to re-design the EU health landscape

    Bill Crounse Senior Director, Worldwide Health - 04 May 2011

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  • Finland’s model for an innovation university

    Futures - 03 May 2011

    Finland has set out to create a university that has innovation built into its foundations, merging three institutions into one along the way.  Is Aalto a model for universities in other countries?

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  • Improving the quality of health records for a healthier Europe

    Dr Jos Devlies Medical Director, EuroRec - 27 April 2011

    Health records are becoming increasingly used by citizens and health professionals to aggregate data that comes from many different sources. At the EuroRec Institute, we promote the use of high-quality health record systems by focusing on the users—their needs and how they interact with health information.

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  • Earth Day 2011: cloud computing… can it help?

    Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist - 26 April 2011

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  • Smart collaboration cuts energy consumption

    Futures - 21 April 2011

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  • Building the future of European e-health in South Eastern Europe

    Tanya Znamenskaya Industry Manager Health and Social Service Central - 21 April 2011

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  • Information technology skills boost innovation

    Andrew Herbert Chairman, Microsoft Research EMEA - 20 April 2011

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  • Toyota and Microsoft accelerate into cloud-enabled car technology

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 18 April 2011

    Environmental futurists have said smart cars will increasingly be able to provide drivers GPS information that will help avoid and create traffic.

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  • Hospital uses cloud computing to improve patient care and reduce costs

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 15 April 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how the shift to cloud computing has enabled up to 60% cost savings in Italy’s largest paediatric research and treatment centre, freeing up more resources to be invested in research.

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  • Who pays for Data Protection?

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 14 April 2011

    As you may know, the EU is reviewing its data protection laws, and recently I participated in a hearing hosted by the European Parliament’s EPP group on one of the many important questions being looked at: “Who pays for Data Protection?”

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  • Back to the boot camp: Fitness training for new enterprises

    Futures - 13 April 2011

    Belgian IT engineer Didier Beka had a new idea: software that would enable people with hearing or speaking disabilities to communicate by telephone. Beka knew he had the technical expertise to develop the product but he lacked business experience to build a company around it. “I needed commercial advice,” he says.

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  • Microsoft and the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week

    Jim Beveridge Director of International Technology Affairs - 12 April 2011

    The EU’s Sustainable Energy Week is in town: Brussels and 44 European countries are hosting a wide range of events and attracting thousands of people to take part in sessions which highlight the urgent need to improve energy efficient as part of global efforts to combat climate change.

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  • We are moving forward on cloud computing in Europe on all levels

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 06 April 2011

    If ever proof was needed of the importance of cloud computing to local regional and national governments, then I heard a wealth of evidence during my visit to Rome today.

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  • New innovations in IT support environmental sustainability in Africa

    Frank McCosker MD, Multilateral & Bilateral Organisations - 06 April 2011

    Last week, I was in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the first of its kind for the UN in Africa and is a global showcase of sustainable design and technology.

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  • Policy for fostering innovation

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 04 April 2011

    Since the launch of the Innovation Union flagship by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last October, instruments and policies to improve the performance of the research and innovation systems in Europe have never been so much in the spot light.

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  • Discover how key public organizations can boost their efficiency in the cloud

    Vincent Dupont Business Manager Health & Social Sector, Microsoft - 04 April 2011

    Did your organization ever face the same problems? Stretched deadlines, missing the right IT infrastructure for launching a highly visible collaboration project, sharing documents with many internal and external stakeholders across various regions.

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  • Belgium used cloud computing to collaborate with partners during EU Presidency

    Microsoft - 31 March 2011

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  • Adding our voice to concerns about search in Europe

    Brad Smith Senior VP and General Counsel Microsoft - 31 March 2011

    Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law. We thought it important to be transparent and provide some information on what we’re doing and why.

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  • Working towards a reality: carbon-clean companies in the cloud

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 30 March 2011

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  • Microsoft plays host to French robotics revolutionary

    Futures - 29 March 2011

    For French robotics pioneer Jean-Christophe Baillie, an entrepreneurial adventure that began in Paris five years ago led to a visit to Microsoft’s R&D headquarters in the US.

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  • Smart grids for more energy efficient cities in France

    Marc Jalabert Business and Marketing Manager - 22 March 2011

    An article in the French newspaper Le Figaro, began with the words ‘Smart grids will be to energy what the internet was for computers’. In other words, a revolutionary concept.

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  • The momentum of cloud computing in the public sector

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 22 March 2011

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  • Capgemini and City of Texel build smart lighting system with cloud computing

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 16 March 2011

    I would like to highlight a recent example from the Netherlands where, Microsoft Partner, Capgemini, will provide a ground-breaking pilot of a smart public lighting system based on Microsoft’s cloud environment, Windows Azure in the Dutch city of Texel.

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  • Microsoft Research TechFest looks at the future

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 15 March 2011

    Following the interview with Craig Mundie we posted last week, I’d like to dig a little bit more on the idea of turning ideas into products. We get a lot of questions about what Microsoft does with the more than €6.5 billion we invest in R&D every year.

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  • Event: Digital Values series - Future Consumers

    Events - 14 March 2011

    New technologies become interwoven with our everyday lives and our relationship with gadgets is constantly evolving. Do the current terms and concepts of consumer protection remain valid in the digital age? What are the new vulnerabilities and do we need to re-learn consumer protection?

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  • Xbox & Kinect help rehabilitate children with cancer in Poland

    Marek Kosycarz Citizenship Director, Microsoft Poland - 10 March 2011

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  • Event: Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2011, 6-7 April

    Events - 09 March 2011

    Efficiency and Opportunity: how the Cloud is powering Future Government.

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  • Turning ideas into products

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 09 March 2011

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  • Working towards a cloud-active strategy in Europe

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 09 March 2011

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  • Associated Press, scaling up with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 08 March 2011

    The Associated Press (AP) provides up-to-the-minute news and information for newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • IT sector will become a key player in a low-carbon society

    Mary-Anne King Head of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft UK - 07 March 2011

    I wanted to share with you an interview in The Guardian with Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist.

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  • Event: Official opening - Cloud & Interoperability Center, 22 March

    Events - 07 March 2011

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  • Microsoft and athenahealth to better connect hospitals, physicians and patients

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 03 March 2011

    Microsoft and athenahealth, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, have aligned to launch an electronic health solution that will improve the connectivity and communication between hospitals, physicians and patients.

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  • Gaming’s serious side: Helping brain-damaged patients

    Futures - 03 March 2011

    Fishing Cactus is a start-up that began in the world of entertainment games. Now it’s moving into what are called “serious games” – starting with one that can help doctors support patients left with impaired motor skills after an accident.

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  • An Innovation Union for SMEs

    Máire Geoghegan-Quinn EU Research and Innovation Commissioner - 02 March 2011

    Small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – will be the powerhouse of the Innovation Union that the EU must become if we are to enjoy sustainable prosperity in the face of ever stronger global competition.

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  • Democratising research with cloud computing

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 24 Feb. 2011

    Cloud computing will dramatically lower the barriers many researchers face accessing and generating life science data. This shift is not unlike the one that occurred in the 1970s when the first personal computers were sold.

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  • European citizens help scientists predict the impact of climate change

    Tony Hey Corporate VP, Microsoft Research Connections - 24 Feb. 2011

    A recent article in The Guardian has profiled how, thanks to an Oxford University project supported by the European Commission and Microsoft Research, citizens now have the opportunity to help scientists track the regional and local weather events caused by climate change. 

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  • Microsoft Ireland going green!

    Josh Henretig Group Manager, Environmental Sustainability - 18 Feb. 2011

    At Microsoft, we are committed to software and technology innovation that helps people and organizations improve the environment. We work closely with governments, NGOs, businesses and academia, on the best ways to use technology with the aim to resolve issues facing the environment such as climate change and energy sustainability.

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  • Saving energy costs and boosting productivity at Greek Public Power Corporation

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 16 Feb. 2011

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  • Mobile romance for any day of the year

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 15 Feb. 2011

    Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day in the year to show someone you care! My colleague Claire Lee spoke with one of our partners, ParcelGenie, and learned how they make gift giving simple.

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  • Channel 4 News gets a peek of the future

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 14 Feb. 2011

    Benjamin Cohen of Channel 4 News in the UK visited Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, recently and my colleague Steve Clayton took him on a tour to see the people who are building the future and the places where they're building it. 

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  • Maths helping save the planet

    Éric Boustouller Corporate VP, Western Europe - 08 Feb. 2011

    Did you ever wonder what mathematics has to do with saving the planet? Well a group in France has been working on things like “multi-objective and stochastic constraint programming” for optimising resource usage. This sounds very technical but a lot of the innovative  solutions being looked at today will require smarter methods to make new environmental technologies work.

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  • Stockholm becoming more environmentally friendly with Windows 7

    Per Adolfsson General Manager, Microsoft Sweden - 03 Feb. 2011

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  • Environmental sustainability in the cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 25 Jan. 2011

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  • Getting ready for the cloud computing age

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 25 Jan. 2011

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  • EU Framework for Cloud Computing

    Events - 17 Jan. 2011

    Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legal & Corporate Affairs, talks to France’s Assemblée Nationale about the opportunities that cloud computing represents for the European Union.

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  • Wanted: new pilot project for cloud computing research

    Fabrizio Gagliardi - 13 Jan. 2011

    In October I shared my excitement about the VENUS-C project which is actively developing a cloud computing infrastructure for researcher enterprises at EU level thanks to the funding of the European Union.

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  • Catalonian centre driving innovation through ICT

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 22 Dec. 2010

    In this case study, you can read about a Catalonian centre which is helping Spanish businesses become more productive through collaboration with Microsoft in providing Microsoft Office 365, an enterprise-class, cloud-based solution.

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  • Can, could and did at Cancun – outcomes of the COP 16

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 21 Dec. 2010

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  • The Privacy Design Imperative

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 08 Dec. 2010

    Microsoft’s announcement this week of new privacy-enhancing technologies in our upcoming Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser is our latest move towards giving users simple, clear options for controlling how their information is used on the internet.

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  • Europe could become the seat of real environmental change

    Paul Lloyd Robson Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corp - 08 Dec. 2010

    Dr. Peter Thomond , from Imperial College provides a fascinating insight into the behavioral changes needed for Europe to become the seat of real environmental change.

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  • Passionate about the product

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 08 Dec. 2010

    It’s a great time to be a consumer looking for mobile solutions. By mobile, I’m referring to the whole range of products and services that give us mobility in our professional and private lives.

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  • President of the SME Union on what makes an innovative and entrepreneurial Europe

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 07 Dec. 2010

    We had the chance to chat to Peter Jungen, the President of the SME Union and Chairman of Economic Policy council of EPP at the European Parliament. He shared with us his view on European innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • First impressions from COP16

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 03 Dec. 2010

    After shaking off the jet lag and escaping the European chill I am walking into the UN Conference for Climate Change also known as COP 16 (Conference of the Parties) being held this year in sunny Cancun, Mexico and in its 3rd day.

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  • A Win-Win Shift: Using cloud computing to advance wellbeing

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 03 Dec. 2010

    I had the pleasure of opening the first European Summit of Microsoft’s Health Users Group this week in Brussels. The focus of the summit was on using cloud computing to create a “win-win” in the provisioning of wellbeing, that is, reducing costs while increasing the satisfaction of patients and health care providers.

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  • Digital Natives – The new way to engage Gen Y

    Lucian Tarnowski Founder & CEO BraveNewTalent.com - 01 Dec. 2010

    Talent has no age. Talent has no passport. Talent has no gender; but opportunity has all three. Indeed, it is people that are the world's greatest untapped resource.

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  • Accelerating radiotherapy and neurosurgery treatment for patients with brain tumours

    Raj Jena Cambridge University Hospitals - 01 Dec. 2010

    Nearly 40% of all patients cured of cancer receive radiotherapy. Yet the methods used to target the radiations to the tumours are extremely time-consuming. New computer vision technologies could help save 4 million man hours globally.

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  • Going Green – ICT enabling a cleaner and energy efficient economy

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 29 Nov. 2010

    On November 8-11, I took part in the 2010 Care Innovation summit on ‘Going Green’, held this year in Vienna. Participants from across the ICT sector attended the two-day event to better understand how our sector should be part of the answer to reduce greenhouse gases and not part of the problem.

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  • Early signs of the cloud (R)evolution in health and wellbeing in Europe

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 29 Nov. 2010

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  • Enhancing the web with multilingual content

    Tony Hey Corporate VP, Microsoft Research Connections - 24 Nov. 2010

    Availability of content on the internet in languages other than English remains a problem and in particular several European languages.

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  • Is Europe prepared for the cloud?

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 22 Nov. 2010

    In this latest video recorded at the European Summit earlier this year we ask: Is Europe prepared for cloud computing? 

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  • Germany launches its HealthVault platform for all

    Jens Dommel Regional HealthVault Lead Germany - 19 Nov. 2010

    I am proud to announce the launch in Germany of Assignio, a health platform powered by Microsoft HealthVault. The platform, which will be operated and marketed by Siemens IT Solutions, marks a change in the way individuals can approach their health and wellness and will steer the German health sector in a new direction.

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  • The cluster recipe: how to emulate Europe's most famous innovation hotspot

    Futures - 18 Nov. 2010

    Billy Boyle is the kind of entrepreneur European policy makers would love to clone. Working out of a basement lab at Cambridge University, Boyle and two fellow chemical engineers pioneered a sensor system on a microchip to detect toxic gases and compounds used in explosives.

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  • Can you measure carbon abatement through cloud computing?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 10 Nov. 2010

    The Europe 2020 strategy is driving massive change across European life. The Barroso Commission is not only striving for a stronger economy and more competitive Europeans but it  demands that we act smart in the process.

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  • Matchride utilizes ICT and social networks to create unique carpooling solution

    Paul Lloyd Robson Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corp - 08 Nov. 2010

    We’ve been underlining this idea many times before, the ICT industry has the power to contribute to the worldwide carbon reductions not only within the ICT sector itself, but also to help other sectors and industries such as production, transport, construction and logistics become more sustainable.

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  • Europe is the global leader in nation-wide implementation of eHealth solutions

    Dr. Karl A. Stroetmann Senior Research Fellow Empirica - 08 Nov. 2010

    Ten years after the presentation of the European Lisbon Strategy for growth and employment, which had resolved to make Europe the most competitive and knowledge-driven economy by 2010, a final judgement on success or failure of the overall strategy is difficult.

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  • Securing Europe’s future: innovation and technical progress are key, says Barroso

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 05 Nov. 2010

    As the President of Microsoft International I had the honour of hosting the Government Leadership Forum (GLF) in London.

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  • Kinect: The touch-free revolution in gaming

    Futures - 04 Nov. 2010

    Today’s computer games depend on hand-held controllers that respond to physical touch. Kinect does away with any physical connection to the video game processors controlling the screen.

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  • Breaking the barriers to a cloud single market in Europe

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 04 Nov. 2010

    Growth has been the watchword at the Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London. It’s an event that brings together some of the region’s most influential public sector figures under one roof, in an effort to find new ways to drive sustainable economic growth in Europe.

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  • The economics of cloud computing for the EU public sector

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 04 Nov. 2010

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  • EU Research Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, warns against cuts in national R&D budgets in the downturn

    Futures - 02 Nov. 2010

    European governments that cut spending on research and innovation to help rein in budget deficits risk sacrificing the EU’s future prosperity, warns an independent panel of senior policy makers and business leaders.

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  • Microsoft’s energy saving cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 29 Oct. 2010

    I just saw Rob Bernard our Chief Environment Strategist in an interview on CNN on how we and the ICT industry are trying to tackle the increasing energy consumption of data centers.

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  • New GeSI study: the role of ICT in reducing the global carbon footprint

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 28 Oct. 2010

    The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), just released its latest recommendations in a recent report on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in reducing global carbon emissions by increasing use of technology across varied sectors.

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  • EU researchers and Microsoft join forces to boost scientific research through the cloud

    Fabrizio Gagliardi - 27 Oct. 2010

    Distributed computing has become very common in large scientific communities because of the needs of exchanging scientific data and sharing computing resources which would otherwise not be affordable by a single research institute. Cloud computing brings a number of advantages (cost being one) that now makes it a platform of choice for many research activities.

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  • Together for Health: a strategy for the Europe 2020

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 26 Oct. 2010

    As we, the many stakeholders at regional and local level, work with the European Commission to help realise their health strategy Together for Health – a Strategy for the Europe 2020, I want to focus this post on some key challenges and opportunities arising from the availability and access to structural funds used in eHealth.

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  • Smart climate change solutions through ICT and cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 19 Oct. 2010

    It’s a clear message my colleagues gave me at a recent event: the ICT industry and cloud computing are key components in helping to reduce the carbon footprint in Europe.  But of course ICT people would say that, I hear you cry!

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  • Isabela brings interoperability to life

    Francesca Di Massimo Security & Interoperability Lead, Western Europe - 19 Oct. 2010

    I have a job within Microsoft that focuses on interoperability, working with other companies to make sure our products work well together. This is part of the company’s commitment to customers, and we understand that enabling choices creates more opportunities for our customers, partners and developers, and that also will make us more successful as a company in the future.   

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  • Microsoft’s new mobile platform

    Juan Bossicard EUGA Program Manager - 18 Oct. 2010

    Just like any other technology enthusiast, I am very excited with the launch last week of Microsoft’s new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7 (WP7). One of the bottlenecks for innovative companies aiming to provide new services on mobile phones is the time it takes to develop new applications. Microsoft addresses this issue in a unique way, giving them a competitive edge.

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  • Through the eyes of Steve Ballmer: Europe and the future of cloud computing technology

    Jesse Verstraete Senior EU Communications Manager - 14 Oct. 2010

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer toured Europe this week. As a snapshot, here is what he said during one of his visits while in Germany.

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  • Clean-up time of London streets improved with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 12 Oct. 2010

    In this case study, you can read about LoveCleanStreets, a cloud-based application that helps London authorities manage street care with the help of crowdsourcing – supported by an innovative SME bbits.

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  • Microsoft is committed to openness

    Michaela Kraft Open Source Strategy Lead Western Europe - 12 Oct. 2010

    The fact is, the world has changed. People are using more and more digital technologies, and the devices and software they use come from a wide variety of sources.

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  • Telemedicine: A tool for patient empowerment

    Nicole Denjoy Secretary General of COCIR - 08 Oct. 2010

    A special ‘European file’ edition focusing on Telemedicine was recently published under the leadership of Gerard Comyn, Vice-President CATEL, and former Head of Unit ‘ICT for Health’, DG INFSO, European Commission.

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  • Welcome to the Innovation Union

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 06 Oct. 2010

    What Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn released today should not be seen as business as usual to innovation in Europe, but exactly the opposite. The new flagship of the Europe 2020 strategy is a strong signal by the Commission to challenge the way research and development (R&D) is done  and an injection of new excitement to put us in Europe on the global and competitive stage.  

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  • EU Council agrees on dynamic cross-border healthcare for Europeans

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 04 Oct. 2010

    June 2010 saw the EU Council agree on a Draft Directive on cross-border care. While this is not the final step for full adoption the positive vote of the EU Council is opening a new perspective on cross-border care and on the use of eHealth as a tool to facilitate the mobility of EU citizens. 
     

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  • Imagine Cup 2010 Event: Youth and creativity push the boundaries for innovation

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 01 Oct. 2010

    The world's premier student technology competition celebrates this year’s winners on the 6 October! The event takes place at the European Parliament and is hosted by Polish MEP Rafal Trzaskowski.

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  • Presidency workshop on eHealth strategies reveals the importance of knowledge sharing

    Wendy Currie - 27 Sept. 2010

    We attended the eHealth Strategies of European Countries Validation Workshop held on the 16 September 2010 in Brussels, hosted by the Belgium Presidency and organized jointly by the EC and Empirica.

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  • A collaborative framework for Innovative Education

    Vanessa Antoniadou Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Cyprus - 08 Sept. 2010

    Innovation in technology has changed the way we access and consume knowledge! With this in mind there can be no greater impact than that on the delivery of education and the creation of an attractive learning path for students both young and old. 

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  • Video interview with Danish MEP: Is ICT a climate hero or a climate villain?

    Jørgen Bardenfleth General Manager of Microsoft Denmark - 31 Aug. 2010

    Similar to other industries the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industries has been challenged to prevent its carbon emissions from increasing. ICT also has the incentive to demonstrate the potential for reductions in carbon emissions through increased use of technology within other sectors. 

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  • A sneak peek at the winners of the 2010 Imagine Cup: a taste of the future?

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 12 Aug. 2010

    In few years, they will be creators of innovative start-ups, recognised researchers, or, why not, even heads of large IT corporations. In the meantime, 400 students battled it out in Warsaw this July, during the worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup competition organised by Microsoft.

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  • Open source & Microsoft’s cloud computing work in harmony

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 12 Aug. 2010

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  • When lawyers are looking at eHealth…

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 10 Aug. 2010

    Recently I was invited to speak about new business models of eHealth at a conference in Denmark. It was surprising that this eHealth conference, The New Age of Health IT, was in fact organized by the International Bar Association!

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  • Behind the scenes in Microsoft’s research laboratory in Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 29 July 2010

    For the second year Microsoft Research in Cambridge opened its doors to an audience of press, academics, industry and policymakers for an event called “Enabling Innovation Through Research”.

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  • HealthVault arrives in Europe…

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 28 July 2010

    HealthVault – the Microsoft Personal Health Record platform – is now in Europe!

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  • What is the Carbon Disclosure Project?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 22 July 2010

    How do you hit a carbon emissions target if you don’t know how much you are producing? This question was answered by the Carbon Disclosure Project that transparently publishes the carbon emissions of 2,500 organizations in some 60 countries around the world.

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  • Putting citizens in charge of their health

    John Coulthard Senior Director Healthcare and Life Sciences - 13 July 2010

    Today, we try to control just about every aspect of our lives. Technology, software, mobile devices and a culture of individual empowerment means we have greater choice over how, when and where we work and live.

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  • Video interview: Environmental challenge, an industry opportunity?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 07 July 2010

    Europe’s own environmental visionary Dennis Pamlin (Senior Associate Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and senior Advisor B4E) reminds us of the power of technology to not only lead to solutions but generate tremendous wealth for Europe. For Pamlin the next major investments in urban infrastructure over the next 30 years needs to be done in a smarter and more efficient way.

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  • Video interview: Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist on ICT and a cleaner economy

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 30 June 2010

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  • Interview: Microsoft expert view on industry and government collaboration on health

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 29 June 2010

    Watch my colleague Niels Soelberg, Vice President Public Sector Sales, Microsoft speak about the need for sound collaboration between industry and government in the interest of better healthcare provision.

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  • Centres for innovation

    Futures - 28 June 2010

    Microsoft Innovation Centres around Europe aim to help harness great ideas and turn them into successful businesses while creating jobs, helping people and contributing to both Microsoft’s success and local European economies along the way.

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  • Going for Go

    Futures - 28 June 2010

    Go is a game so complex that raw computing power was never going to be enough to turn it into a competitive computer game. But two Cambridge researchers found a way – with a programming language used for analysing financial risks.

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  • Cloud computing brings cost savings, flexibility and scaling to UK businesses

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 17 June 2010

    In this interview Nigel Gibbons, Executive Chariman – Unitech talks about the cloud and how it is changing the way we do business. 

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  • Brussels Half-marathon: cloud helps organizer deal with huge online traffic peaks

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 08 June 2010

    In this case study, you can read about how Chronorace, a logistics company, handled huge demands for accessing multimedia on its Brussels Half-marathon website after the event with Windows Azure, the Microsoft cloud platform.

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  • Barcelona, eScience and cloud computing

    Futures - 02 June 2010

    The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) is taking part in a pioneering EU Framework Programme 7 project on cloud computing , Venus-C - a project that aims to foster the development of a cloud computing platform based on virtualisation technologies not for individuals, but for industry and the scientific community.

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  • Microsoft's Barcelona Research Center

    Futures - 02 June 2010

    The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Microsoft joined forces in 2008 to create the BSC-Microsoft Research Centre.

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  • Máire Geoghegan-Quinn - new EU Commissioner for Science & Research

    Futures - 28 May 2010

    It’s been all change in Brussels, and innovation now has a new Commissioner. And Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has made it crystal clear that she intends to be her own woman.

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  • Keeping an eye on the environment

    Futures - 27 May 2010

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  • Barcelona and the future for the cloud

    Microsoft - 27 May 2010

    A converted chapel in Barcelona is the home for a supercomputing centre that is helping to revolutionise the way we will use cloud computing.

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  • Hungry? Reach for the cloud…

    Futures - 26 May 2010

    Superbowl Sunday is big business in the US as people all over the nation tune in to watch the American football match of the year. Pizza deliveries soar on what is one of the highest days of food consumption in the US. This year Domino’s Pizza found a new way to cope with the sudden burst of demand on its computing resources: using “the cloud” for extra capacity.

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  • Enabling technologies in eHealth

    Futures - 26 May 2010

    Europe and the US may have very different ways of funding health, but they have much in common, too. A new program is exploring what we might learn from each other.

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  • Video: Environment agency introduces their European air & water quality tracker

    Microsoft - 18 May 2010

    Learn how the government agency - European Environment Agency - is raising environmental awareness across Europe through Eye On Earth, a platform based on Windows Azure.

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  • 1-minute video: what can Microsoft do for the environment?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 06 May 2010

    I'm often asked why Microsoft is getting involved in environmental issues: people assume it is not our issue or that internet and communication technologies can help. Wrong! Technology is not the solution but an important enabler for energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gases.

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  • Smarter government in the UK: collaboration across and between departments

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 04 May 2010

    One aspect of government we thoroughly dislike here in the UK is useless and inefficient bureaucracy. 

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  • Robotics gets personal

    Futures - 03 May 2010

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  • Mobile phones, XBOX consoles and health? Yes, there is a link!

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 30 April 2010

    Patient empowerment is key to healthcare in the future. Patients themselves are demanding it, as they want more control of their health and wellbeing than might have been the case before.

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  • Inside the cloud

    Futures - 28 April 2010

    The cloud is one of the most popular terms in IT today but perhaps also one of the least well defined. FUTURES guides you through the how and the why.

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  • An interview with Bruce Greenstein, Worldwide Managing Director of Health at Microsoft

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 26 April 2010

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  • Video: hear IT students and young entrepreneurs talk about why IT matters

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 26 April 2010

    We were at the Go digITal event during eSkills week earlier March and spoke to a number of ICT students present.

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  • Why are we passionate about Earth Day?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 April 2010

    40 years ago Earth Day started as a grassroots movement to build ecological awareness on an issue largely misunderstood as anti-economy.

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  • Mundie spells out the challenges

    Futures - 23 April 2010

    Computer science can play a major role in fuelling scientific breakthroughs in other fields, but only if it can meet its own grand challenges, said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft at a symposium in Brussels debating how best to use EU-funded research programmes to solve grand challenges.

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  • Cloud computing gives Europeans free data on air and water quality

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 13 April 2010

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  • Steve Ballmer on Digital Giants

    Jesse Verstraete Senior EU Communications Manager - 12 April 2010

    The BBC’s Digital Giants series features a video from Steve Ballmer, where he discusses the next big things online and how they will change our lives. Steve talked about three areas: the natural user interface, convergence and Cloud Computing.

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  • In Steve Ballmer’s own words: DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS!

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 01 April 2010

    Developers are the lifeblood of Microsoft. I know, I know, it’s a well-worn Microsoft mantra but believe me, it’s never been more true. Today, the hunger for new technologies is only growing.

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  • Expert interviews: innovating in Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 17 March 2010

    Innovation is now the catch phrase for the European Commission but an important one to try and resolve issues facing the EU and the world. From climate change to healthcare society faces many ‘grand challenges’ that will demand the brightest minds in both government, academia and the private sector.

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  • Fiat EcoDrive Video

    Videos - 11 March 2010

    Fiat Ecodrive lets you record your driving information on a usb stick and then use this information find out how to lower your driving emissions on your PC.

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  • Microsoft and the EU's Sustainable Energy Week

    Events - 09 March 2010

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  • ICT taking a stand for energy efficiency

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 08 March 2010

    I recently attended the European Commission’s ICT for Energy Efficiencyevent in Brussels where four associations representing information and communication technology companies have come together to ensure our industry will be part of the solution instead of the problem.

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  • An example of applied interoperability

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 05 March 2010

    Hear me talking about the Eye on Earth online tool. This website shows data from thousands of air and water quality stations from across Europe in real-time. (By the way, I say 60,000 stations in the video but I was told I got a little ahead of myself - it's actually 6,000!).

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  • eHealth and Interoperability

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 04 March 2010

    Interoperability and eHealth might at first glance appear as very different concepts – but the actual relationship between the two is extremely important. 

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  • Glimpse Ahead

    Andre Hagehulsmann Innovation Manager - 04 March 2010

    What is Microsoft's vision for the future? Take a look.

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  • An interview: Microsoft and the European innovation agenda

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 04 March 2010

    As part of its drive to foster innovation and the knowledge economy in Europe, the Commission has designated 2009 as the Year of Creativity & Innovation.

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  • CeBIT 2010: Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Zapatero visiting the Microsoft’s Digital Classroom

    Henrik Tesch - 03 March 2010

    CeBIT 2010 opened its doors yesterday, March 2nd. This year’s theme of the most important fair for the IT business is “connected world”.

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  • Webinar: Introducing an eHealth study on enabling technology for a healthier Europe

    Wendy Currie - 03 March 2010

    The eHealth landscape offers both opportunities and barriers to policy makers in the EU 27 member states which are not just about technical issues of interoperability and data security and confidentiality.

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  • Fuelling EU growth through cloud computing technologies

    Events - 02 March 2010

    In Europe and elsewhere, computing is experiencing a powerful transformation. Driven by continuous innovations in software, hardware and the Internet, traditional models of computing are gradually shifting. 

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  • Honour for Cambridge lab head

    Microsoft - 01 March 2010

    Andrew Herbert has always been fascinated by computing, completing his first degree in computational science in 1975 and since then gaining a PhD from Cambridge University, founding a couple of companies and later joining Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK, where he is now managing director.

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  • Craig Mundie talks e-health and technology policy in the cloud area

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 26 Feb. 2010

    Last week I published a video interview I conducted with Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, where he explains his vision of cloud computing.

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  • Big ideas: Craig Mundie talks cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 26 Feb. 2010

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, when he was last in Brussels.

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  • Map my climate

    Videos - 19 Feb. 2010

    New and unique climate site illustrates for the first time in 3D how climate change affects you, your city and your home - and what you can do to protect the global environment

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  • New York Times article on the Dublin Data Centre!

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 15 Feb. 2010

    As you may have read before on this site, we opened one of the largest data centres in Europe just last year in Dublin. Large-scale facilities such as this can play a big role in the development of cloud computing, providing companies with better and cheaper computing facilities. Great news to resource-strapped companies in particular.

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  • Bend the Trend: my two-minute pitch

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 12 Feb. 2010

    Think industry is the biggest emitter of C02?

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  • eco:Drive by Fiat - becoming a more efficient driver

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 04 Feb. 2010

    It’s not a new story, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be told again! In 2008, Fiat introduced eco:Drive for Fiat Blue&Me powered by Microsoft, the first tool in the world to actually interact directly with drivers to analyse their habits at the wheel and make recommendations on how they can drive more efficiently.

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  • High level Transatlantic debate: How technology enables innovation, growth and the transformation of healthcare

    Events - 29 Jan. 2010

    The event, taking place on 23 February 2010 in Brussels (and simultaneously in Washington DC), will include a live exchange of EU-US political and practitioners’ perspectives.

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  • Cloud Computing: Software plus Services explained

    Steve Clayton Microsoft Storyteller - 20 Jan. 2010

    Ray Ozzie introduced the term Software plus Services about 3 years ago and since then it’s where I have focused all of my time at Microsoft.

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  • Microsoft helps Volvo improve environment sustainability with unified communications

    Microsoft - 20 Jan. 2010

    Volvo chose Microsoft technology to help improve the company's collaboration, communication and environmental sustainability efforts. Unified Communications enable reductions in costs and CO2 emissions as well as decrease the need for business travel.

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  • Somniloquy

    Microsoft - 10 Jan. 2010

    Scientists from Microsoft Research in the United Kingdom and the United States and University of California have developed a prototype that allows computers to run low-energy tasks while in sleep mode.

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  • Planning Europe’s healthcare revolution: The role of eHealth

    Videos - 06 Jan. 2010

    Views and commentaries from Europe’s ICT & eHealth thought leaders. Filmed during the Friends of Europe Summit in Brussels - December 2009.

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  • Microsoft Helps Businesses Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Costs

    Microsoft - 05 Jan. 2010

    The Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX enables midsize businesses to easily track their environmental impact and energy consumption from within their Enterprise Resource Planning solution.

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  • Microsoft join COCIR

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 17 Dec. 2009

    I wanted to share with you the fact that we joined the COCIR. We are delighted to be joining such a distinguished, well respected and professional organization.

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  • Contributing to a “Better Climate” through Cloud Technology

    Ludo De Bock Senior Director EU/NATO MS Corp - 14 Dec. 2009

    With Eye On Earth providing near to real-time information on Water and Air quality, encouraging two-way collaboration with citizens, Environmental Atlas of Europe now extends our digital platform to educate on climate change. (See my previous post)

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  • Environmental Atlas of Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 14 Dec. 2009

    The European Environment Agency and Microsoft launched their latest project this month - the Environmental Atlas of Europe (Atlas) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen.

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  • 'Sleep Talking' PC’s Save Energy and Money

    Microsoft - 11 Dec. 2009

    A group of scientists from Microsoft Research in the United Kingdom and the United States and University of California have developed a prototype that allows computers to run low-energy tasks while in sleep mode. This saves both energy and money.

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  • An insider’s take on the Dublin Data Centre: growth prospects and the local response

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 04 Dec. 2009

    We were very proud to announce the grand opening of our Dublin data centre in September 2009.

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  • Kiwigrid tames your household energy consumption

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    There’s a new technology coming into your home. But unlike many, this one should save you money.

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  • Low carbon: Public-private partnerships take up the challenge

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Big challenges can encourage big solutions, and at the end of last year there was no challenge bigger than Europe’s response to the economic turmoil caused by the global credit crisis.

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  • Computing the energy problem

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    In May 2009, a Brussels seminar examined the potential of computers to save energy – and the obstacles to realising that potential.

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  • Keep it cool: the greening of Microsoft’s data centers

    Cormac Sheridan - 01 Dec. 2009

    Microsoft’s first European “mega data centre”, which opened recently on the western outskirts of Dublin, uses 50 per cent less energy than a traditional data centre built some three years ago.

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  • Commission to propose Innovation Act

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Is a European Innovation Act what’s needed to make Europe more innovative and strengthen growth and competitiveness in the EU? Policymakers, analysts and businesses are currently debating that very question as the EU considers what to do post-Lisbon.

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  • HiBi workshop seeks answers to model questions

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Fifty-five researchers met in Trento, Italy, in October to look for collaborative solutions to the limitations that are emerging in the way that models of complex biological systems are created and managed.

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  • The swarm is coming… Making molecular computing a reality

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Inspired by biology, Klaus-Peter Zauner is working on a radically new kind of computer.

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  • EMBL’s Peer Bork recognised for work in bioinformatics

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Peer Bork, who heads a team of bioinformatic researchers at the Heidelberg, Germany- based European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to the field by winning the fourth annual Royal Society and Académie des Sciences Microsoft Award

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  • Albert II visits the Microsoft innovation centre in Mons

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    On 16 June 2009, the King of Belgium, Albert II, visited one of Belgium’s innovation hotspots, the Digital Innovation Valley in Mons. During the visit the King, Walloon Minister for Economy Jean-Claude Marcourt and Mons mayor Elio Di Rupo stopped by the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Mons.

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  • Time to get going again

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    When the new Commission is appointed, it will find a raft of proposals waiting for it – all aimed at putting research, development and innovation at the heart of policy.

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  • Life support for the planet: Trees and climate change

    Michael Kenward - 01 Dec. 2009

    Software tools that help researchers to study the role of forests in climate change could make it easier to understand a wide variety of natural and artificial complex systems.

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  • The marriage of maths and ecology

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    A new research group in Paris aims to use optimisation theory to find answers to the challenges of ensuring an efficient and sustainable future.

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  • Smart software improves environmental forecasting

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Environmental scientists face many challenges in monitoring and understanding our planet’s changing climate.

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  • The Trento algorithm: A research recipe from Italy

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Take an ancient town, a new university, Microsoft Research and a fresh approach to computational systems biology. Mix well. Then apply…

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  • eHealth systems putting the patient at the centre

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Interoperability and building trust in the privacy and security of eHealth systems is the route to patient-centric healthcare

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  • Free multimedia for the developing world

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    What developing countries need is a stable, sustainable, robust and low-cost means of delivering services and information.

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  • Constructive disruption

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Microsoft’s Akhtar Badshah wants to be a disruptive influence

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  • Jean-Philippe Courtois on "The good entrepreneur"

    Jesse Verstraete Senior EU Communications Manager - 30 Nov. 2009

    Heard of The Good Entrepreneur? It’s a TV show where entrepreneurs from across Europe compete for a hefty prize package of €250,000 by attempting to produce the most amazing, environmentally responsible business concepts imaginable. 

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  • Partnering to Enable European Citizens to Monitor Climate Change

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 30 Nov. 2009

    As part of our on-going partnership with the EEA to combine cutting-edge technology and environmental data, we have expanded the EEA’s Eye on Earth portal by adding AirWatch, a new service which will provide air quality information to more than 500 million people across Europe.

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  • Europeans rate the air quality using the internet

    Microsoft - 30 Nov. 2009

    Through Eye on Earth, a repository for geographical environmental information created by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft, Europeans can see and rate the air quality with an online application called AirWatch.

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  • Eye on Earth Project Demo

    Microsoft - 27 Nov. 2009

    Prof. Jacqueline McGlade at EEA, Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft Corp and Ludo de Bock, Senior Director EU and NATO, Microsoft Corp. 

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  • Jean Philippe Courtois on innovation (from the back of a cab)

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 27 Nov. 2009

    The President of Microsoft International, Jean Philippe Courtois, was recently interviewed in the back of a cab (of all places).

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  • John Vassallo on cloud computing and growth

    Microsoft - 27 Nov. 2009

    Microsoft's Vice President for EU affairs blogs via video on how ICT can stimulate Europe's growth

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  • Windows 7 and interoperability

    Microsoft - 27 Nov. 2009

    Erich Andersen, VP and Deputy General Counsel of the Windows Business at Microsoft, speaking about the prevalence of interoperability in Windows 7.

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  • Windows 7 and European ICT growth

    Microsoft - 27 Nov. 2009

    Erich Andersen, VP and Deputy General Counsel of the Windows Business at Microsoft, speaking about Windows 7 as a potential driver of the European ICT economy.

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  • Europeans rate water quality of beaches , lakes and rivers using the Internet

    Microsoft - 18 Nov. 2009

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  • Understanding eHealth and its implications: start with Euractiv

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 12 Nov. 2009

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  • Windows 7: what’s the take two weeks on from the launch?

    Andre Hagehulsmann Innovation Manager - 09 Nov. 2009

    We launched our latest operating system – Windows 7 - on October 22nd. Appreciating the mistakes we made on Vista, we have adopted a beta approach on Windows 7 to ensure we took in as much input from users during the development process – a process which is carrying on during the current post-launch phase. 

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  • Windows 7 ousts Harry Potter

    Andre Hagehulsmann Innovation Manager - 03 Nov. 2009

    (p.s. Murray is an ISV Architect Evangelist at Microsoft i.e. he works with Independent Software Vendors who partner with Microsoft to develop software for a huge array of organizations using Microsoft platfoms. Read more about how it works on Microsoft on ISVs blog if you want to know more.)

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  • More on Garbage Information Gathering

    Andre Hagehulsmann Innovation Manager - 30 Oct. 2009

    Garbage Information Gathering eases up the clean-up in Roskilde Festival using mobile technology

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  • Meeting sustainability requirements in Microsoft Data Centers in Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 19 Oct. 2009

    We at Microsoft are delighted to see the opening of the first "mega data center" here in Europe. The Dublin Data Center is part of Microsoft’s long-term commitment in the region, and is a major step in realising Microsoft’s Software plus Services strategy.

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  • Technology Is Enabling a Green Business Revolution in Europe

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 19 Oct. 2009

    This week I have been lucky to be one of a handful of business executives speaking at the European Union’s Green Week conference in Brussels.

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  • Innovations in eHealth can improve medical care & increase efficiency: Foundation Trust set to boost patient care with content management system.

    Editor - 01 Sept. 2009

    Healthcare is one of the biggest challenges facing our societies, economies and governments over the coming decades. At a personal level almost everyone has an experience, not only about healthcare, about healthcare innovation. At the organizational level, the private sector has a key opportunity to contribute to transform and innovate in the healthcare field.

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  • Greening the Dublin data center

    Editor - 01 Sept. 2009

    The internet is developing at a tremendous pace as more businesses and peopleworldwide gain access to an ever greater range of online services including online office functionality, video and music downloads and more. 

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  • A new in-car software application helps drivers reduce CO2 emissions

    Editor - 01 Sept. 2009

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  • Small cameras that not only see, they watch!

    Editor - 01 June 2009

    Small computing devices, such as enhanced cameras, are becoming smarter and more capable: not only do they record visual input (video) but they are starting to interpret it.

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  • Putting computer science to work on biodiversity

    Lori Fortig - 01 June 2009

    As concerns about global warming grow, scientists are turning to sophisticated computational models to better understand and ultimately predict the impact of climate change and human activity on biodiversity.

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  • ICT - the way out of the economic crisis

    Peter Wrobel - 01 June 2009

    Viviane Reding, European commissioner for all things hi-tech, is known for telling it like it is. A passionate advocate for new technologies, she has made a name for herself by confronting anything or anyone she thinks hinders European citizens from benefiting from what technologies have to offer.

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  • A call for global innovation

    Richard L. Hudson - 01 June 2009

    As the global financial turmoil continues to cast its shadow, government leaders are gathering in Brussels to discuss collaboration.

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  • Europe must be open to the world

    Janez Potocnik - 01 Dec. 2008

    “The creation of a single European Research Area (ERA) - to mirror the single market with the four freedoms of goods, services, people and capital that have done so much to boost competitiveness in Europe - is one of my central objectives.” - Janez Potocnik

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  • How to solve the cluster equation?

    Nuala Moran - 01 June 2008

    In 1997, Microsoft opened its first big European lab – and it placed it in what was then Europe's only serious answer to Silicon Valley: Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

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