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Display results by tag: cloud

  • Privacy authorities across Europe approve Microsoft’s cloud commitments

    Brad Smith Senior VP and General Counsel Microsoft - 10 April 2014

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  • First prize for Nobel Media's scalabe and reliable website

    Rebecka Bjelfvenstam Keeling PR-manager Microsoft Sweden - 09 Dec. 2013

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  • Lotus Bakeries up in the Clouds thanks to Spikes and Microsoft

    Katleen Dewaele Microsoft Belux PR Manager - 06 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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  • Hamburg Port Authority – Productive 365

    David Burrows Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa - 21 Nov. 2013

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  • Cloud Enterprise on top of the game (or should we say sky?)

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 20 Nov. 2013

    The most used data base in the world, over 1,000 sign-ups every day, and a 125 market availability. The Microsoft Cloud Enterprise is strong, steady and here to stay.

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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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  • 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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  • GymRealm: SaaS designed especially for sport centers

    Bertrand Salord Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Europe - 11 Oct. 2013

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  • Technology means growth: Lessons from SMEs

    Orlando Ayala Chairman, Emerging Markets - 07 Oct. 2013

    It is widely known that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the vitality of local economies around the globe. I was recently reminded just how important SMEs are as growth engines of our economies.

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  • Health Manufacturer Turns to Cloud-Based Productivity Tools to Accommodate Growth

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 13 Sept. 2013

    “It was only when we replaced Google Apps with Office 365 that we reached the level of standardization and integration that we need to support our dynamic growth.”

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  • Toyota, a Cloud makeover.

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 05 Sept. 2013

    Through a wide array of 30 marketing and sales companies (NMSC), plus 3,000 dealerships, Toyota Motors Europe (TME) now provides high quality auto-diagnostics. However, this was not always the case. At first they did not have a joined domain and their 3,500 PC’s operated outside corporate firewalls.

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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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  • Is there an SMB Cloud Divide in Europe?

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 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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  • Does cloud computing really offer a way to reduce energy demands?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 27 June 2013

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  • TechEd Europe: Big bets and big opportunities

    Brad Anderson Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center at Microsoft - 25 June 2013

    I am absolutely thrilled to be delivering the Day 1 keynote at TechEd Europe for the third straight year. This is consistently an amazing event with the very best and brightest companies and IT pros across Europe, not to mention some equally amazing products to highlight and demonstrate.

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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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  • Life through a lens– how Swiss start-up Prodibi is setting a new standard in image-viewing

    Soha Hohnecker Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft - 23 May 2013

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  • Telefónica to improve communication and collaboration for employees worldwide using Microsoft cloud technologies

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 21 May 2013

    Leading telecommunications provider will deploy Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer as part of a strategic initiative utilizing IT for better business results and a competitive edge.

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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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  • Europe’s online economy growing at more than 10% per year

    Siada El Ramly EDiMA Director General - 26 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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  • Microsoft releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

    Brad Smith Senior VP and General Counsel Microsoft - 22 March 2013

    We released our 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report. This is our first Law Enforcement Requests Report. It provides data on the number of requests we received from law enforcement agencies around the world relating to Microsoft online and cloud services and how we responded to those requests.

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  • Digital Agenda review and 2013 ‘digital’ priorities: future innovation is key

    Jean-Jacques Sahel Director, EMEA Policy and International Organisations - 01 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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  • Czech SME develops technology that helps save lives everyday

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 27 Feb. 2013

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  • How bridging a ‘digital divide’ can help save lives

    Edward G. Happ Global CIO and Head of ISD, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - 25 Feb. 2013

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  • Ireland’s EU Presidency – Realising the Digital Agenda

    Eric O’Donovan Head of IBEC 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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  • Swedish SME makes mobile publishing across platforms effortless

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 21 Jan. 2013

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  • Technology analysts predict widening cloud skills gap for IT

    Jennifer Warnick & Francine Fisher MSW Editor, Academic Area Lead, Netherlands - 18 Jan. 2013

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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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  • Advancing privacy in Europe and a new era of personal computing

    Jean Gonié Director of Privacy, EMEA Policy - 07 Dec. 2012

    It’s an important time for privacy in Europe and globally, and I want to share few of my insights from recent events in Brussels we organized around Privacy and the revision of the EU Data Protection Directive.

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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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  • Leveraging the Nordic IT-wonder

    Nanna-Louise Linde Associate General Counsel, Microsoft, Northern Europe - 13 Nov. 2012

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

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 28 Sept. 2012

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  • Policy and Reality for SMEs in the Digital Single Market

    Events - 28 Sept. 2012

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  • Europe’s future growth is in the cloud

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 27 Sept. 2012

    The European Central Bank’s proposal to buy unlimited amounts of crisis-hit government bonds has provided a glimmer of light through the shadows of the financial downturn. In the long term however, it’s clear that Europe must re-engineer its economy to achieve sustainable economic growth and abate record-high unemployment levels, especially among young people.

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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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  • 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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  • Digital Agenda Assembly: and now for some action

    Jean-Jacques Sahel Director, EMEA Policy and International Organisations - 23 Aug. 2012

    Late June several hundred academics, entrepreneurs, regulators, politicians, civil society and other ‘digital enthusiasts’ met in Brussels for the second annual Digital Agenda Assembly, led by the European Commission.

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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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  • Start-ups use cloud to create online communities of Olympics fans

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 08 Aug. 2012

    It is Olympics time again and how fast the world of technology has accelerated in four years since the last Games. In 2008, social media still felt relatively new, now it is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, including how we talk and track sport.

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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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  • New Microsoft Malware Protection Center Threat Report published: EyeStye

    Tim Rains Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications - 30 July 2012

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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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  • Improving the quality of education in a balanced, consistent and sustainable way

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 11 July 2012

    To achieve a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU, technology can play an important role in preparing European youth with the skills needed.

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  • Why cloud customers can’t ignore model clauses, especially now

    Brad Smith Senior VP and General Counsel Microsoft - 06 July 2012

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  • A vision for Denmark: an innovative public sector that promotes quality and shared responsibility

    David Burrows Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa - 29 June 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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  • 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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  • Breaking the growth deadlock

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 12 June 2012

    Where Europe succeeds, we succeed

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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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  • Bringing customers to the forefront with cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 31 May 2012

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  • The story continues for Italian BizSpark start-up winners

    Bindi Karia VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK - 30 May 2012

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  • Windows on Europe: Our contribution to advancing growth and competitiveness

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 29 May 2012

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  • Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

    Kevin Turner Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft - 21 May 2012

    Microsoft has a long tradition of tackling tough challenges at a global scale. We have always focused on how our technology can enrich people’s lives, build businesses, and inspire and change the world.

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  • BizSpark: realising the full potential of start-ups in Europe

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 16 May 2012

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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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  • Irish cloud-based solution helps make the internet a safer place

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

    In this case study, you can read about Global Business Register (GBR) and their cloud-based solution that aims to make the internet a safer place.

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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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  • 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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  • European Regions for Growth: the opportunity of cloud computing

    Events - 24 April 2012

    Removing barriers to boost cloud computing opportunities, letting our industries and SMEs grow and better compete inside and outside the European Union.

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  • Earth Day 2012: A progress report

    Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist - 18 April 2012

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  • Steria - eVoting Demonstration

    Demos - 05 April 2012

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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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  • Cloud: Enabling SMEs for a stronger European economy

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 04 April 2012

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  • Unisys - Citizen Interaction Solution

    Demos - 04 April 2012

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  • Digital services for European governments

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 04 April 2012

    The on-going debate around the world’s economic recession may be an unpleasant topic to address, but in my job as Vice President for Public Sector in Europe, Middle East and Africa, I face this issue every day when meeting with customers and partners, and I believe we need to continue addressing it in order to solve it!

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  • Atomblock - Digital Distribution in the Cloud

    Demos - 04 April 2012

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  • Cloud Computing and Data Protection – What’s the point of Standards?

    Peter F Brown Independent Consultant, Secretary of OASIS - 03 April 2012

    One problem, one solution, right?

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  • Efficient legislative network for prospering European SMEs

    Per Werngren CEO, Idenet AB - 30 March 2012

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  • European businesses dream big in 2012!

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 19 March 2012

    Most successful entrepreneurs are naturally enthusiastic and optimistic people.  They have to be, because they have to believe in their potential to turn dreams into reality.  And this positive attitude is pervasive, even in these tough economic times.  Why?  Because an increasing number of start-ups and other small businesses know that turbulent times create opportunities.

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  • Reducing emissions of data centre activity

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 19 March 2012

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  • IAMCP European Leadership Summit 2012

    Events - 16 March 2012

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  • Long-term Prosperity – Business leaders get their heads in the cloud

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 07 March 2012

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  • Cloud computing and privacy: At the intersection of innovation, legislation and standardization

    Events - 05 March 2012

    The roundtable discussion revolved around exploring the impact of cloud computing on the European economy and examine the challenges of the existing legislative frameworks.

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  • Cloud policy, big data and the long tail of science

    Dennis Gannon Director, Cloud Research Strategy - 28 Feb. 2012

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  • World top universities share innovation curricula for free

    Kimberly Voltero Group Audience Marketing Manager - 23 Feb. 2012

    Microsoft just launched the Faculty Connection Regional Site for Spain, inspiring the continual advancement and improvement of technology studies that equip students with the innovative skills they need to be employable in today’s competitive job market.

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  • The growing European cloud

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 23 Feb. 2012

    When Europeans use cloud computing services, they are connecting to large data centres for the computing power they need. When they want more cloud services, they need more computing power capacity in those data centres.

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  • UK at cross-roads with cloud computing policies

    Donna Whitehead Government Affairs Manager UK - 21 Feb. 2012

    It’s an exciting time to be part of the rapidly changing technology environment. Just think of the changes in the tech sector over recent years. High speed broadband and mobile wireless are growing with the corresponding massive increase in internet users.

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  • How the cloud will fuel Europe’s growth

    Akhtar Badshah Senior Director of Citizenship, Microsoft Corporation - 21 Feb. 2012

    Where Europe succeeds, we succeed

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  • A new way of working boosts productivity in the City of Barcelona

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 21 Feb. 2012

    In this case study, you can read about how Barcelona, a city with a reputation of being a premiere location for business conferences, has developed a “new way of working” for its citizens and tourists through cloud computing.

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  • Cloud computing brings job-hunting into the 21st century

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 21 Feb. 2012

    In this case study, you can read about Zartis, a company bringing job-hunting into the 21st century with cloud computing.

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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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  • Modeling the Cloud: implications from the LSE study

    Jonathan Liebenau Reader in Technology Management at the London School of Economics - 16 Feb. 2012

    The London School of Economics study investigates what the real economic effects of cloud are likely to be, and especially what that tells us about employment and job skills in the near future.

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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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  • The Vikings are coming!

    Anette Nørgaard Developer Evangelist, Microsoft in Denmark - 13 Feb. 2012

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  • A “Cloud-Active” Europe, relatively speaking

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 10 Feb. 2012

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  • Building an innovative and competitive environment for SMEs in Europe

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

    As always on our website, we try and bring you a wide variety of opinion pieces from specialist guest bloggers from both the private and public sector.

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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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  • More and better online commerce in Europe

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 03 Feb. 2012

    The internet really started to ‘take off’ for businesses and consumers to use about 20 years ago.  Quite a bit of regulation has changed since that time to make internet ‘e-commerce’ easier, cheaper 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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  • The integrity of the certification program matters

    Anneleen Vaandrager Senior Director of Education, Microsoft Learning - 20 Dec. 2011

    Certification, as an industry- recognised validation of skills, is a proven differentiator — whether the individual is a seasoned professional looking to demonstrate his or her value to the organisation or someone hoping to break into the industry for the first time.

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  • Irish airline and developers capitalizes on cloud to grow its business

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 16 Dec. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how  Aer Lingus scales up their operations with cloud computing and improves customer experience to drive revenue for the company.
     

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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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  • Belgacom gains holistic view of IT systems and stays competitive with cloud

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 16 Dec. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about Belgacom, a telecommunications company being able to focus on increasing competiveness after unifying its IT systems with cloud computing.

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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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  • Microsoft Career Portal carves education tracks for a career in the IT industry

    Anneleen Vaandrager Senior Director of Education, Microsoft Learning - 13 Dec. 2011

    The IT industry in many EU countries still faces the problem of a lack of IT workforce and IT skills.

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  • Cloud technology: the logical choice to minimize the costs of 21st century skills

    Lena Tønning Pedersen Communication Manager Partners in Learning, Western Europe - 09 Dec. 2011

    We are constantly hearing that the labour market is changing with new kinds of jobs needing new sets of skills.

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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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  • Should we protect jobs or the people?

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 01 Dec. 2011

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  • Danish company harnessing global potential with cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 30 Nov. 2011

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  • Cloud curriculum prepares future engineers for the reality of the job market

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 25 Nov. 2011

    Kiel University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1969 in northern Germany, has six faculties and 5,600 students. It has a reputation for innovative degree courses with intensive modularized learning in small groups, and is known to tailor their curriculum to meet industry needs.

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  • Trade rules suited to VHS tapes in the era of cloud computing

    Hosuk Lee-Makiyama co-director, European Centre of International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels - 25 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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  • Irish music industry gains transparency with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 18 Nov. 2011

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  • Turkey in the cloud: challenges and opportunities ahead!

    Asli Deniz Helvacıoğlu Assist. Prof. A.D. Helvacioglu Kuyucu, Bogazici University - 15 Nov. 2011

    Last month I revealed the recent outcomes of the white paper “Cloud Computing in Turkey: Players, Policies, Challenges and Opportunities” at a Cloud Computing conference hosted in Turkey.

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

    Events - 10 Nov. 2011

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  • The new world of 3D chat

    Futures - 10 Nov. 2011

    Online messaging hasn’t changed much since it was introduced more than a decade ago. But German start-up Cooee, based in Kaiserlautern, is seeking to liven up the chat experience with elements from computer gaming and social networking.

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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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  • Europe’s brightest start-ups pitch and impress on Wall Street Journal’s Europe tour

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 03 Nov. 2011

    Wall Street Journal Tech Europe has become established as one of THE go-to places to find about the challenges and trends facing Europe’s ICT start-up community.  It’s also a great showcase for some of the brightest and best examples in the region.

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  • The new wave of job-readiness for the cloud!

    Anneleen Vaandrager Senior Director of Education, Microsoft Learning - 02 Nov. 2011

    Cloud Computing: What IT Professionals Need to Know. Curiosity has been sparked as to what the emerging roles and skill sets IT professionals and Developers should look to acquire as we transition to the cloud! Microsoft Learning has released a paper that takes an early look at just that!

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  • Eye On Health in Germany with cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 31 Oct. 2011

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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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  • Cloud, the new playground for European SMEs

    Per Werngren CEO, Idenet AB - 26 Oct. 2011

    The world is changing. We now have something called cloud computing!

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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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  • Greater public sector efficiency through the application of technology

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 20 Oct. 2011

    Success in the public sector today rides on not only being able to do more with less, but also being able to meet and exceed citizens’ expectations.

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  • Event: Towards an interoperable and open European Cloud

    Events - 17 Oct. 2011

    Hosted by Microsoft and the Fraunhofer Research Institute, the roundtable helped identify the main elements of the upcoming European Cloud Strategy and how this will affect European companies, government institutions and citizens.

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  • The cloud is more than just hot air

    Torben Frigaard Rasmussen CEO, SaaS accounting software provider e-conomic international - 17 Oct. 2011

    In 2001, when chartered accountant Jacob Wandt set out to create the e-conomic accounting software – an online cooperation platform for accountants and their customers – “the cloud” was not a yet common phrase in the software industry.

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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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  • Spanish cloud service makes it easier for developers and designers to launch new products

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 12 Oct. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about a partnership between Microsoft and the Spanish company, Telefónica in creating a solution for software developers to minimise their business risk by simplifying revenue collection.

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  • Building a European cloud by and for SMEs

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 07 Oct. 2011

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  • Czech cloud innovator helping businesses save time and money

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 05 Oct. 2011

    I am coming back with another example of an innovative business that helps build the European cloud market, Cigler Software.

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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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  • Finland moving towards online education and collaboration with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 30 Sept. 2011

    Looking for web-based teaching tools to prepare its students for the future, Kello School in Finland deployed Microsoft Live@edu to give students a rich online learning experience, foster peer collaboration and enable students to work away from school all within a secure online environment.

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  • European innovations unveiled

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

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  • Who’s in charge here? Consumers driving corporate technology purchases

    Futures - 30 Sept. 2011

    More than 100 million people in Western Europe will buy a smartphone this year. Within minutes of opening the package they will be setting up connections to mail servers, downloading third-party applications and synchronising music and games with their existing online life.

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  • Video interview: innovation and funding in Europe

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 27 Sept. 2011

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  • VENUS-C Fire Risk

    Demos - 26 Sept. 2011

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  • Public 360 by Software Innovation

    Demos - 26 Sept. 2011

    Public 360° is a leading application suite for integrated Case, Document & Records Management designed specifically for public administrations.

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  • Event: Cloud series - Cloud Computing for Europe

    Events - 22 Sept. 2011

    The rapid growth of cloud computing offers tremendous opportunities for efficiency, cost savings and innovation, all ultimately benefiting the European economy. In connection with the Digital Agenda, Vice-President Kroes has launched a public consultation to help shape a strategy to ensure we make the best use of the potential for cloud computing in the EU.

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  • Nordic hotel chain reduces costs with cloud computing strategy

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

    In this case study, you can read about how cloud computing helps a Nordic hotel chain save up to 3 million SEK on IT maintenance costs annually.

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  • Openness and choice: key enablers of a dynamic ICT marketplace

    Steve Mutkoski Regional Director, Interoperability and Innovation - 15 Sept. 2011

    Standards are an important part of a dynamic ICT marketplace, fostering interoperability, collaboration, competition and consumer trust.

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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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  • Cloud computing strengthens Hungary’s life savers

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

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  • Cloud computing supports flexible working conditions for SMEs

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

    In this case study, you can read about Procore , a Dutch company setting precedence for other SMEs with its flexible, forward thinking business model and way of work with the smart use of cloud computing.

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  • Building the cloud market in Europe

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 14 Sept. 2011

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  • Tech on Tour: Wall Street Journal to meet Europe’s start-up community

    Ruud de Jonge Western Europe DPE Windows Phone lead - 09 Sept. 2011

    10 capitals in just 20 days: this is the plan of Ben Rooney, editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Europe, with the aim “to take the temperature of the continent and talk to the hottest start-ups in the coolest places.”  Starting on September 10th in Tel Aviv, the tour ends of 30 Sept in Dublin, fitting in Istanbul, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tallinn, Moscow, Berlin and Barcelona in between.

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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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  • 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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  • A 'cloud-friendly' EU

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 05 Sept. 2011

    Cloud computing is the crest of the wave of new and better computing possibilities – giving more efficient and cost-effective ways to run small and large organizations, and providing new applications and flexibility for individual and corporate users. As you may have seen our CEO Steve Ballmer say, “Microsoft is ‘all in’ for the Cloud”.

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  • Interoperability: Standards that open doors for businesses and consumers

    Craig Shank General Manager, Interoperability Group - 25 Aug. 2011

    I’m Craig Shank, and I work in Microsoft’s Interoperability Group. I’m excited to join in sharing our thoughts on some of the key collaborations needed to make products and services work together across the ICT marketplace

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  • The imperative of energy efficient IT

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 Aug. 2011

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  • Success story: At Kobojo virtual goods mean real money

    Futures - 22 Aug. 2011

    Founded three years ago, Kobojo develops games for social media such as Facebook. Now it is developing a business model that transforms virtual currencies into hard euros.

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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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  • Cloud computing, transforming the game in Europe?

    Bruno Lanvin Executive Director, eLab, INSEAD - 27 July 2011

    Cloud computing has all the ingredients of a true revolution in the way business, governments and individuals handle information.

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  • Into the cloud, a new way of doing business

    Futures - 20 July 2011

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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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  • What a difference a year makes for the 2010 BizSpark Summit entrepreneurs

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 08 July 2011

    With this year’s edition of the European BizSpark Summit just behind us, we wanted to see what winning the competition meant for last years’ finalists.

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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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  • From fifteen to one, the champion of the European BizSpark Summit

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 01 July 2011

    To paraphrase Fidelity Growth Partners Europe’s Simon Clark, one of the judges at this year's BizSpark European Summit: it’s pretty tough pitching your business to a panel of seasoned investors in five minutes, with over two hundred people watching – media, VC’s, and movers and shakers from the tech industry.

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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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  • Working smarter for a more competitive Europe

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 20 June 2011

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  • Rural UK students connect virtually to learn through cloud

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 20 June 2011

    In this case study, you can read about the Lincoln Specialists Schools Group (LSSG) which is making advanced and specialised school courses available to students in Lincoln through cloud computing, and fighting the decline in student population in rural UK – with the help of an innovative SME - F1 Group .

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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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  • NGOs overcoming the education curve to embrace cloud!

    Nick Eyre Director, Fundacja TechSoup - 15 June 2011

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  • Current trends in European funding for smart and sustainable growth

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 14 June 2011

    I’m glad to see that alongside the topic of sustainable cloud computing, a central theme at this year’s BizSpark Summit will be on funding solutions for small and medium-size businesses (SMEs). It needs to be discussed.

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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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  • Expanding interoperability to community Linux

    Michaela Kraft Open Source Strategy Lead Western Europe - 01 June 2011

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  • Ensuring cloud computing services for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 01 June 2011

    Cloud computing brings great benefits to Europe’s start-ups and SMEs in terms of cost benefits, ease to up-scale their businesses and efficient computing capabilities. Besides using the cloud power to operate their own business, SMEs also have the opportunity to widen their portfolio and innovate by building new applications and services on the cloud platforms.

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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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  • Video interview: Jobs of the future, your access pass? Training and certifying for the cloud

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 31 May 2011

    Paving the way for new digital technologies such as the transition to the cloud requires a parallel investment in human capital.

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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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  • Going global in 60 minutes

    Futures - 11 May 2011

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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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  • Views of an entrepreneur: cloud computing for a competitive and innovative Europe

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 03 May 2011

    SMEs working in the ICT arena  are very aware and started to take advantage of the significant benefits in cloud computing - particularly how it can help drive efficiencies and make products and services available to a wider audience.

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  • University of Bologna bringing collaboration at a new level with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 29 April 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how students and staff at the University of Bologna can now collaborate and learn anytime and anywhere, thanks to cloud computing.

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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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  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron launches ‘StartUp Britain’

    Matt Lambert Director of Corporate Affairs and Citizenship - 19 April 2011

    I firmly believe that entrepreneurial initiatives are crucial to the growth of European economy. Startups should be able to operate in a supportive environment while pushing their innovative ideas.

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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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  • 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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  • Enhancing the academic experience at Middlesex University with cloud

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

    Middlesex University serves 33,000 students, with campuses in London and Dubai.

    The university was using an on-premises e-mail system based on Microsoft Exchange Server that it wanted to expand to meet the growing volume of e-mail and to offer students a variety of online tools for collaboration.

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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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  • Ireland’s competitiveness and jobs opportunity: cloud computing

    Orla Hogan PR & Citizenship Lead, Ireland - 01 April 2011

    A question on a lot on Irish people's minds at the moment is: where next for Ireland?  What areas do we need to focus on to restore competitiveness in the country?

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

    Microsoft - 31 March 2011

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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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  • Size doesn’t matter: transforming small businesses in the cloud

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 28 March 2011

    Size doesn’t matter anymore, the over-riding lesson we are learning worldwide is that a business that gets ahead of the curve is a smart one, not necessarily a big one.

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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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  • Recipe for success for French gaming company

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 18 March 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how a French software development company is managing to stay competitive in the gaming industry by having an easily scalable IT cloud infrastructure that can meet demands of the unpredictable social, casual gaming market.

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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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  • Get ready for cloud technology!

    Don Field Senior Director, Microsoft Certification Programs - 14 March 2011

    Business is moving to the cloud. According to IDC* predictions for 2011, 80% of new software will be available as cloud services; by 2014, over one-third of software purchases will be delivered through the cloud.

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  • Leading Irish start-ups to success

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 11 March 2011

    As mentioned in an earlier post, Ireland is one of Europe’s key hubs for innovation where entrepreneurial initiatives, crucial to the growth of European economy, should be able to operate in a supportive environment.

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

    Events - 07 March 2011

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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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  • The European University Institute boosts productivity and gains 100 times more storage

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 01 March 2011

    In this case study, you can read about how the European University Institute (EUI) overcame limitations in storage space of its previous email system with cloud computing, achieving 100 times more storage and 43% in cost savings.

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  • Getting Europe online

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 28 Feb. 2011

    Get Online Week starts today across Europe, running from the 28th February – 5th March 2011. As the name suggests, the awareness week aims to get people using the Internet and gaining the skills needed to participate in the new information-based economy. Even in this age of smartphones, wi-fi hotspots and social media, 200 million people in Europe are still without the Internet.

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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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  • Microsoft Poland officially confirmed as a partner of Polish EU Presidency

    Piotr Marczuk Governmental Affairs Manager, WSG RG Poland - 21 Feb. 2011

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  • Extending learning possibilities - Office 365 for education

    Matthew Fox WE Education - Cloud Solutions Sales Lead - 10 Feb. 2011

    Office 365 for education will extend learning possibilities to students while helping them master technology they will use in their future careers.

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  • Looking at the Agenda for New Skills for New Jobs

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 28 Jan. 2011

    Skills are the link to the successful economies of Europe 2020. The way in which we forecast skills demands, provide access to relevant learning tools and engage Europeans more readily in ongoing workforce development will rapidly impact the job profiles and employment opportunities seen on the European market.

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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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  • Simplifying sales intelligence in the UK with cloud computing

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 12 Jan. 2011

    In this case study, you can read about the new way a UK based company is engaging with its customers and building its software business due to the simplicity cloud computing is enabling the deployment of its services.

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  • Preparing for Europe 2020 jobs

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 05 Jan. 2011

    Many of the jobs in the next two decades simply do not exist today. Regardless of economic sector - retail, automotive, logistics, tourism, manufacturing or telecom- the transformation of industrial processes is upon us! However- are Europeans equipped and in the right skills ‘gear’ for a more digitally driven economy?

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kroes calls for consultation on cloud computing

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 30 Nov. 2010

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cloud driving change in the IT department & profession

    Nigel Gibbons Chairman of UniTech - 02 Nov. 2010

    The fusing of ICT with business economic delivery models is challenging the future of the IT profession.

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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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  • 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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  • CLOUD EVENT 4: Cloud computing - a new dimension of telemedicine

    Events - 26 Oct. 2010

    This Microsoft-hosted workshop will examine how the use of new technologies, especially cloud computing can ease the path toward e-Health. The workshop will gather together important leaders in the European Medical Community as well as Health organizations involved in innovative telemedicine projects. It is being held on November 11/12 in the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre in Brussels.

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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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  • Cloud computing: The fast way to bring software to new markets

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 18 Oct. 2010

    In this case study, you can read about an Italian company that was able to quickly develop and deploy its software to new markets just by using a cloud computing platform.

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  • Europe's government leaders build a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe

    Events - 18 Oct. 2010

    This year's Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London discussed ideas and solutions on how governments can act as drivers of change in order to achieve the Europe 2020 vision.

    Keynote speakers Government Leaders Forum included:

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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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  • 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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  • Views on cloud computing and the impact on business models

    Claire Lee Emerging Business International Lead - 01 Oct. 2010

    Irish company InishTech Software specializes in helping Europe’s technology entrepreneurs adopt flexible licensing terms that help them be more competitive, while safeguarding their Intellectual Property (IP).

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  • Are we doing enough to keep Europeans ahead in education?

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 01 Oct. 2010

    In Europe we have education placed high on the political agenda, indeed the first single EU-level strategy embracing both education and employment ‘Youth on the Move’ has recently been launched as a key facet of the Europe 2020 agenda!

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  • How can start-ups & SMEs benefit from the European single market thanks to the Digital Agenda?

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 27 Sept. 2010

    How can small businesses succeed in a market as internally varied as Europe? Will current EU regulation further help the growth process for businesses?

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  • Managing the Belgian EU Presidency on a dynamic cloud platform

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 16 Sept. 2010

    Few stories sum up the opportunity of cloud computing any better than the one shared in this video.

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  • The art of interoperability: creating simplicity from complexity

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 13 Sept. 2010

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  • Why cloud computing is good for European business

    Cliff Reeves GM Emerging Business Team Microsoft Corporation - 02 Sept. 2010

    The BizSpark European Summit in Paris proved to be a great platform to exchange ideas and best practices for start-ups in Europe. In fact, we came away with so much good information to share that we decided to save some of it for after the summer break.

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  • CLOUD EVENT 3: Cloud computing interoperability

    Events - 26 Aug. 2010

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  • CLOUD EVENT 2: Consumer media services in the cloud

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 26 Aug. 2010

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  • Cloud computing is becoming the norm for many Dutch business processes

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 24 Aug. 2010

    In our latest video looking at cloud computing today, Henk Kok, Director of Perrit, explains how cloud computing is enabling a competitive European business environment.

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  • CLOUD EVENT 1: The single market meets cloud computing

    Events - 17 Aug. 2010

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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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  • Growing your business on Microsoft's cloud platform Azure

    Kim Nielsen Local Software Economy Lead - 11 Aug. 2010

    This video looks at the experience of entrepreneurs using the Azure platform. Aidan Gallagher, CEO Inishtech & Conor O’Riordan, CEO Tradefacilitate give us a quick overview to why they chose to use Azure for their businesses and the benefits cloud computing brings.

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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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  • European Parliament celebrates real kids focusing on fakes

    Chris Oldknow Enforcement Policy Counsel - 29 July 2010

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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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  • Interview series: Italian perspectives on cloud potential and current challenges

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 28 July 2010

    In the third video in our cloud computing interview series Andrea Ferravante - Diamante, gives us the Italian perspective on the potential challenges of cloud computing. 

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  • The EU's Digital Agenda puts the focus on technology as a way to help all European citizens

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 22 July 2010

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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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  • Views on the European Commission Digital (Cloud Computing) Agenda

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 07 July 2010

     It’s a type of Rorschach inkblot test: two people could look at the EC’s Communication on the Digital Agenda for Europe and see interesting variations.

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  • Spanish views on the benefits of cloud computing for SMEs

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 01 July 2010

    In the second of our cloud computing interview series we hear from Juan José Amor Cazorla, Director General – Nextel who gives some insights into the benefits of cloud computing from a Spanish perspective.

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  • Skilling Europe to innovate in the cloud

    Elena Bonfiglioli & Mark Lange - 17 June 2010

    Can Europe use cloud computing to stimulate economic growth?  If so, what skills will be needed to make most advantage of this technology trend? 

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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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  • Webinar: management skills for the cloud

    Jonathan Liebenau Reader in Technology Management at the London School of Economics - 14 June 2010

    If you missed the chance to read Professor Jonathan Liebenau’s great post of skills and cloud computing, I strongly recommend you finding 10 minutes to watch his webinar on how skilled (or not) the European work force will be to embrace cloud computing

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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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  • Cloud Computing and the entrepreneurs

    Cliff Reeves GM Emerging Business Team Microsoft Corporation - 04 June 2010

    You may have caught one of my earlier post in this video series in which I discussed why Microsoft is so involved with start-ups and entrepreneurs and give a few insights into some of the programmes we run to support them.

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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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  • French SMEs step around infrastructure barriers with cloud computing

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 31 May 2010

    In this case study, you can read about the cloud solution developed by a French SME currently deployed to more than 3500 users in 300 offices around France.

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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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  • Employment Commissioner László Andor puts the European spotlight on ‘Global Skills Strategy'

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 18 May 2010

    The first ever meeting of the G20 employment ministers  set the tone for a concerted response to the current global employment challenge

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  • Rising to the interoperability challenge in the public sector

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 17 May 2010

      ICT interoperability is a fundamental challenge for our industry.

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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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  • Microsoft statement on Granada declaration

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 04 May 2010

    Microsoft strongly supports the efforts of the European Commission and governments across Europe to build smart, sustainable and inclusive growth outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ICT and education: emerging trends in Europe and globally

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 07 April 2010

    The pace of change and development in education has picked up substantially in recent years – largely because of the key role ICT is increasingly playing in both teaching and learning. 

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  • Revising the EU Data Protection Directive

    Thomas Myrup Kristensen Former Senior EU Policy Director - 01 April 2010

    Last week, Commissioner Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC).

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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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  • Made in Finland: Cloud enables secure solutions to contract management

    Riitta Raesmaa Partner and co-founder of Sopima - 24 March 2010

    Our guest blogger today is Riitta Raesmaa, partner and co-founder of Sopima, a Finnish SME and part of the Microsoft BizSpark programme!

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  • A switch to cloud saves time and money for the Swedish Red Cross

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 23 March 2010

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  • How does regulation affect cloud computing?

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 05 March 2010

    The age of ‘cloud computing’ is dawning, which will allow our data, software and computing power to be on our desktop and extended online as and when needed. This will provide many new opportunities for businesses and other organisations to manage large amounts of data and activities securely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

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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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  • Interoperability and cloud computing

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 04 March 2010

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  • SMEs in IT and cloud: The engine of Europe’s growth

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 04 March 2010

    John Vassallo (Microsoft VP EU Affairs) outlines the crucial role small and medium enterprises active in the ICT industry play in strengthening the European Economy.

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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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  • 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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  • Innovation & e-skills: the lifeblood to Europe’s prosperity

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 03 March 2010

    I strongly believe that innovation is the lifeblood of the 21st century economy. If we just take the way research is done today compared to 15 to 20 years ago we can see a huge difference.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 and Microsoft's new dialogue with the EU

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 27 Jan. 2010

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  • THINK PRIVACY: And the nominees are …….

    Cornelia Kutterer Senior Policy Counsel - 25 Jan. 2010

    This week, we will see a very busy Data Protection Day.

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  • Brad Smith will give a public speech on Microsoft's vision on Cloud Computing

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 24 Jan. 2010

    Over the past months there has been a remarkable upraise in discussions around the topic of Cloud Computing (or Software+Services).

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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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  • 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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  • Interoperability: The Other Side of our Settlement with the European Commission

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 18 Dec. 2009

    Times have changed. "Microsoft has been on a journey itself... doing things on interoperability that were unimaginable just a few years ago..."

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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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  • Cloud Computing interoperability and data portability

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 11 Dec. 2009

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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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  • That special spark: A helping hand for innovative start-ups

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Who would start a business development for start-ups in a slump? That’s precisely when it has to be done, says Microsoft.

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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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  • 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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  • Constructive disruption

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    Microsoft’s Akhtar Badshah wants to be a disruptive influence

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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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  • Interoperability and EU Services Directive

    Microsoft - 27 Nov. 2009

    Video from Microsoft Interoperability Series on the EU Services Directive. Filmed in Brussels, October 2009.

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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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  • 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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  • Jean Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International, on the skills gap

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 09 Nov. 2009

    Have a look at this interview with Jean Philippe Courtois produced by the INSEAD eLab, following the publication of a report by the European Business Summit and INSEAD proposing a Skills Pact for Europe.

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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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  • Interoperability Series

    19 Oct. 2009

    Collaboration is at the heart of the European project. Implementation of numerous European policies depends on cooperation between the Member States. Information technology plays a crucial role in enabling these policy goals to become a reality, and collaboration among the many stakeholders involved presents a need for technologies as well as processes that can work together. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • It’s all a matter of context

    Anna Jenkinson - 01 June 2009

    Confidential data need to be kept confidential – but there are times when the information needs to be shared, too. That's where the new EU Framework Programme Consequence comes in.

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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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