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  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: “Innovation needs investment, even in challenging times”

    By Derrick McCourt, head of Public Sector, Microsoft UK This year’s iNetwork Winter Conference in Manchester was filled with great stories. On the one hand, it was the start of our discussion of the Microsoft CityNext story here in the UK. But it was also filled with compelling real-life success...
  • Blog Post: Public sector CIOs say innovation matters even more to government orgs

    Public sector organisations across the UK are challenged by the current austerity environment, but leaders in those organisations need to see these challenges as opportunity to be more innovative, said two of the UK’s leading public sector IT figures at a recent event. Hampshire County Council...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: Wireless Internet access comes to the A14 via 'white space' pilot

    Remember how people used to talk about the Internet as an 'information superhighway' back in the early 1990s? Well that metaphor is coming to life on the A14 between Felixstowe and Cambridge , where wireless Internet access is being deployed. The service isn't just meant to a perk for commuters or a...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: G-Cloud 4 open for signups; researchers show how speed can help control IT costs

    Top Story: Suppliers can now sign up for G-Cloud 4 , according to the Government Digital Service. The latest version features a number of improvements to the Invitation to Tender process, making it easier for new suppliers to apply and including additional options for uploading documents for the submission...
  • Blog Post: Tube Lines empowers staff with mobile computing, improves service

    First responder teams at Tube Lines work all day, every day, to ensure safe and timely travel on the London Underground. Tube Lines is re-architecting an iPad app to run as a touch-enabled app on Windows 8 tablets. With emergency data at their fingertips, responders work faster to protect passengers...
  • Blog Post: The Consumer at Work: Creating the next generation of business applications

    The first 60 years of business software has been focused on making operations more effective and efficient. However, outside work we now possess beautifully designed devices, which are easy to use and run a new generation of user centred software built on internet technologies. These devices and services...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

    Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store . The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 allows flexible working for all, slashes IT costs and enables a ‘paperless office’ for Wiltshire Council

    The organisation has reduced IT budgets by more than 25 per cent with new deployments. London, UK. — Mar. 20, 2013 — Wiltshire Council has cemented its transformation from 5 local authorities in Wiltshire to a single Unitary Authority by moving a significant IT service to the Cloud with...
  • Blog Post: 20 things you didn’t know you could do with natural user interfaces

    The public sector is well on it's way to being digital-savvy, but here's a look at what lies in future technology for us as people, as consumers and as employees... 1. Safer heart surgery . Surgeons are using Kinect to access patient records from the operating room to avoid scrubbing in and out during...
  • Blog Post: UK GovCamp 2013 - a selection of highlights

    Today we attended UK GovCamp 2013 - the yearly unconference where attendees get to pitch the agenda for the day. The lively conference kicks off in the morning with around 300 people introducing themselves and offering their ideas for the day's sessions. It may sound messy, but it really works and creates...
  • Blog Post: The Anywhere Working Parliamentary reception – the future looks flexible!

    Visiting the Houses of Parliament is always a pleasure… actually, now I think of it, I’ve never been before… so my first ever visit was very exciting! The reason for attending? A parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working Campaign. And, if you want to get symbolic about it,...
  • Blog Post: Anywhere Working - how to work where and how you want

    Off the back of the Parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working campaign and as Office 365 for business is launching today, we thought we'd share this lovely video with you... Do you have a flexible working policy in your organisation? If not, check out this fab video out: Posted by Howard...
  • Blog Post: Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

    Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it's cold out there at the moment) - and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It's something we simply had to share with our Government audience. Besides, it's a great example of how tech innovation can help...
  • Blog Post: All those ways you didn't think Office was going to change your life

    We thought you'd like to know about today's launch of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium - to help improve productivity in your home office and in your personal life!... To celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in the UK we are holding a unique event taking place based on and around the specially...
  • Blog Post: Four cool R&D projects that are going to change your world

    At a recent event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, a number of demos stood out. They address big problems and use new technology to solve them. Their relevance to public sector and business IT problems is obvious but they also have the potential to help change the world. Big data to big decisions...
  • Blog Post: The compelling case for Windows 8

    In this section of our three-part series on Microsoft’s recent Executive Briefing event, Tim Cozze-Young reports the highlights of a presentation about the benefits of Windows 8 and describes how BT, an early adopter, is using it to empower its engineers. One of the standout themes of the Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Day two at SOCITM 2012

    It was the second and final day of SOCITM 2012 yesterday and we were once again spoilt for choice on sessions to visit. We ended up setting up camp in track one, the Library sessions, and we weren’t disappointed. Here are some of the highlights from today (and click here for our day one wrap up...
  • Blog Post: Day one at SOCITM 2012

    Yesterday we were in Birmingham for the first day of SOCITM 2012 . There were plenty of sessions to visit and new ideas, great case studies and practical examples on show. Here are some of the highlights from the day one's talks: It’s not a myth Jos Creese, CIO of Hampshire County Council...
  • Blog Post: All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

    Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet...
  • Blog Post: Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

    During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation - fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social...
  • Blog Post: Craig Thomler of Delib Australia on Gov 2.0, Open Gov & Social Media

    Today, we have bring you a really interesting interview from the other side of the world but we feel it's just as relevant to our UK audience. Our Worldwide Government Marketing Manager, Michele Bedford-Thistle, interviews a leading light in innovation from the Australian public sector... Having worked...
  • Blog Post: OEMs Introduce Innovative New PC Designs for Windows 8

    Hi, I’m Nick Parker and I lead the OEM Division at Microsoft. Many of our partners are making announcements this week at IFA so it’s a good time to showcase some of the amazing hardware innovation coming to market with Windows 8. IFA is one of the world’s largest consumer electronics...
  • Blog Post: North Wales Police deploy Lync to save lives

    Through the use of Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, North Wales Police has been able to dramatically improve their ability to respond to critical incidents and support their local communities. It's also led to a minor revolution in their ways of communicating with other the emergency services...
  • Blog Post: Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

    If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become...
  • Blog Post: Going carbon neutral and putting an internal price on carbon

    Microsoft believes in the importance of environmental sustainability and in organizations doing their part to reduce their carbon footprints around the world. In fact, we recently participated in Rio+20 , the United Nations’ conference on sustainable development that brings together world leaders...
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