Microsoft Europe’s 10 biggest stories of 2018 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

This year has been incredibly busy for Microsoft in Europe. We’ve launched new products, worked with customers and partners to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions, and worked towards our mission of helping every person and organisation achieve more.

We’ve rounded up ten of the biggest stories from the past year below, with the option to click on through to each one to read them in full. Thanks for reading, and have a Happy New Year!

Volkswagen’s future of connected, shareable cars

VW connected car concept

For German car manufacturer Volkswagen, the future of the car goes beyond a mere four-wheeled chauffer and errand-runner. Our cars will also integrate with our lives in ways never before thought possible. Earlier this year, the company revealed its plans for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – a platform which will create a seamless experience for drivers from the moment they enter, use, and leave their cars, ushering in a new era of truly connected vehicles.

Powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud and IoT Edge platform, the Automotive Cloud will allow drivers to effortlessly remain in control of their professional and personal lives. From entering the car to the same music they were just listening to in their living room, to managing their appointments and carrying out work meetings via Skype, the car will evolve into an invaluable physical, and digital, assistant.

Read the full story

This time it’s personal: the financial industry is banking on AI to better serve customers

Brown wallet with cards

The financial services industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Financial technology companies (fintechs) are challenging traditional enterprises, while players from other sectors such as retail and technology are entering their turf. In addition, customers are increasingly demanding predictive, proactive and proximate services. Today’s financial institutions need to ensure that every customer interaction – no matter the channel – goes off without a hitch and delivers value if they want to be industry leaders tomorrow.

Microsoft EMEA President Michel van der Bel had the pleasure of discussing the transformation of the financial services industry with Spiros Margaris, venture capitalist, senior advisor, and international AI, blockchain and fintech influencer. Click below for their full discussion and insights.

Read the full story

The future of fashion and retail

Fashion designer sketching from above

Today’s successful retailers challenge the fundamental assumptions of commerce, from the ways in which physical spaces can be used to create unique customer experiences, to featuring products and services that one cannot find elsewhere to resurrecting the art of selling. The digital transformation of the retail (and indeed, any other) industry is no longer about simply managing costs and increasing efficiency. Rather, it enables companies to react to brutally competitive market forces with new service models, business practices, supply chains and more. At the heart of this retail revolution lies data, alongside the tools required to analyze it to help businesses continuously evolve, improve, and grow – all while creating and maintaining customer loyalty, and remaining competitive.

Read the full story

Medicine Man: How AI is bringing humanity back into healthcare

“When mistakes happen, patients die. I remember thinking to myself ‘What is going on here?’ We can do better. We should do better.”

When Simon Kos practiced critical care medicine in intensive care and anaesthesia early on in his career, digital technology was not well established. “I saw mistakes – avoidable mistakes – happen all around me,” he states. Now Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft, Kos is at the forefront of a medical revolution. His ambition is infectious, and his passion is fuelled by his first-hand experiences of the power that technological transformation, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can bring to our lives.

Read the full story

Knowledge is the best defence

keyboard, side view

If you were asked to pick the most vulnerable demographic to tech support scams, chances are your answer would lean towards the older generation. Traditionally, the elderly have less experience/knowledge of technology, and could therefore be more at risk of falling victim to these scams.

Microsoft’s survey results, however, show that Gen Z, millennials and males are the most vulnerable to tech support scams – a surprising revelation, given that the younger generation is, on the whole, more digitally savvy. This, however, appears to be the cause of their overconfidence and false sense of security – these groups are the most likely to lose money after continuing an interaction with scammers. These demographics, the results show, engage in riskier online behavior such as visiting torrent sites, have a greater familiarity with technology companies than older generations, and are potentially hurt by overconfidence in their device and web expertise.

Read the full story

POLITICO Europe elects Microsoft technology to power its innovative new Elections Hub

EU flag

In collaboration with Microsoft, POLITICO Europe launched a new Elections hub to report on the upcoming 2019 European Parliamentary elections. One of the key features of the hub is a stunning interactive data visualization – built with Microsoft Power BI. The team at POLITICO Europe seeks to bring an unprecedented degree of education and insight to the European electorate as they navigate the complicated election process, which spans thousands of candidates and hundreds of parties across the EU’s 27 member nations. POLITICO Europe’s leaders worked with Microsoft to envision new ways of reporting likely outcomes of the election, and break down complex issues like coalition building, to show individual voters the impact of their vote, and draw new participants into the democratic process.

Read the full story

The secret of productivity

Office workers in a discussion

While there’s no doubt that moving data to the cloud, adopting Artificial Intelligence, and implementing remote working tools is helping businesses to scale and innovate like never before, the question on leaders’ minds is not if, but how, to digitally transform. Leaders must focus on how can technology empower their employees and drive growth.

To help businesses understand how to best empower their workforce, Microsoft spoke to more than 20,000 people working in medium and large companies, from a range of industries, in 21 different countries across Europe. Respondents were asked about the technology they use at work, and their attitudes towards their job and their job performance.

The findings clearly show that to compete in today’s cloud-first world, quality tools alone aren’t enough: for technology to be most effective, it needs to sit within a strong digital culture.

Read the full story

Girls in STEM: the importance of role models

Two children learning to code on a laptop

Research from Microsoft reveals that the number of girls interested in STEM across Europe, on average, almost doubles when they have a role model to inspire them. The findings from a Europe-wide study of girls and young women shows that in general, there is a clear link between role models and an increased passion for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, with more interest in careers in these fields, and greater self-confidence.

Microsoft’s research stands alongside organisations such as UNESCO and Accenture in providing data and insights around the importance of role models in STEM, with the hope that educators, policy makers, NGOs and the private sector can all work together and invest towards bridging the digital skills gap of the future. With women only making up 30 percent of Europe’s ICT workforce and an expected shortage of up to 500,000 ICT workers by 2020, this is an issue we must all address today – and role models could help.

Read the full story

Healthcare with heart

Medical science continues to progress, allowing doctors to push the boundaries and always achieve more. One such example is the implantation of heart valves via the groin – a procedure which has reached full swing in recent years due to it shorter recovery period and less invasive nature. Some questions, however, are still asked. Are costly procedures such as this as successful as scientific studies are? Do these innovative techniques have the effect of reducing mortality? Are the results as good in one hospital as in the other?

“Such information is crucial for all members of our multidisciplinary team of doctors, carers and paramedics – they allow us to further improve the quality of our care,” says Dr Karl Dujardin, a cardiologist at Delta General Hospital, Roeselare, in Belgium. Although these questions seem simple, it was almost impossible, until recently to answer them, he states. While both Dr Dujardin and his colleagues kept records of their procedures, for example, they lacked an overall vision of the effectiveness of the treatment – and this is where technology comes in.

Read the full story

Transforming a thousand-year-old city into mixed reality

The island of Mont Saint Michel

In the 17th century, before the advent of drones, planes, or even balloons, the solution to creating accurate representations of areas was as time-consuming, as it was beautiful. Plan-relief maps (scale models of landscapes and buildings,) were hand-crafted in meticulous detail, recreating locations of interest in ways that no other means at the time could match.

Coveted by military leaders such as Napoleon and King Louis XIV, these plan-relief maps provided topographic details of landscapes, such as hills and harbours, in addition to showing off the layouts of cities and their fortifications. This is the story of the map of Mont-Saint-Michel—a rocky headland off the Normandy coast, with a stunning Benedictine abbey – and how it was recreated in Mixed Reality.

Read the full story

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Author: Steve Clarke

Government data requests rise, as does Apple’s compliance

Apple’s latest Transparency Report shows that access to user devices and data are more often being requested by government and non-government entities around the world — and so is the rate at which Apple complies with those requests.

Government data requests have been on the rise for years, according to previous transparency reports by Apple and Google, and that trend did not change in the first half of 2018 covered in Apple’s latest report.

Throughout the report, Apple explained why government data requests occur, how Apple determines if a request is legally valid and if a request presents an emergency situation in which Apple will “voluntarily provide information to law enforcement.”

“Government request circumstances can vary from instances where law enforcement agencies are working on behalf of customers who have requested assistance regarding lost or stolen devices, to instances where law enforcement are working on behalf of customers who suspect their credit card has been used fraudulently to purchase Apple products or services, to instances where an account is suspected to have been used unlawfully,” Apple wrote. “Our legal team reviews requests received to ensure that the requests have a valid legal basis. If they do, we comply with the requests and provide data responsive to the request. If we determine a request does not have a valid legal basis, or if we consider it to be unclear, inappropriate and/or over-broad, we challenge or reject.”

Apple sorts government data requests into six major categories: users associated with a device, fraudulent transactions, account information, account preservation, account deletion and emergency requests. In account information requests, Apple said law enforcement may “seek customers’ content data, such as photos, email, iOS device backups, contacts or calendars.”

According to the report, Apple received 4,177 account requests in the first half of 2018 and complied with 81% of those (2,391 where non-content data was provided and 1,006 where content data was provided). U.S. government data requests in this category far outpaced any other country with 2,397 requests. Apple attributed the high number of U.S. requests to “extortion, fraud, and suspected unauthorized account access/phishing investigations.”

Account information requests have been on the rise, according to Apple, going from around 3,000 requests in each of 2013 and 2014 to nearly 6,500 in 2017. Apple’s compliance with these requests has also been on the rise with data provided in 54% of cases in 2013 and 81% in 2017.

Apple complied with other government data requests at a similar rate. Of the 32,342 device information requests, Apple provided data in 25,829 cases (80%) and Apple also provided data in 80% of financial data requests as well (3,185 of 3,973 cases.)

The latest Transparency Report came with a newly redesigned website to more easily sort through the data provided, but some aspects of the requests are unclear. Apple admitted to providing iCloud backup data, but this data has been a point of contention in the data encryption debate. Apple has consistently claimed it cannot access data on iOS devices even if law enforcement has a valid legal request, but it has also willingly provided that same data if it has been backed up to iCloud.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post.

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Wanted – Intel Core i5 7500 or better

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by silverpuma, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Hi all, I am looking for a i5 7500 cpu or better as an upgrade for my G4560.

    If it comes with a cooler that would be even better. Let me know what you have.

    I can pay with either bank transfer or paypal gift……Thanks

    Location: Londonderry

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    By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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Microsoft Europe’s 10 biggest stories of 2018 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

This year has been incredibly busy for Microsoft in Europe. We’ve launched new products, worked with customers and partners to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions, and worked towards our mission of helping every person and organisation achieve more.

We’ve rounded up ten of the biggest stories from the past year below, with the option to click on through to each one to read them in full. Thanks for reading, and have a Happy New Year!

Volkswagen’s future of connected, shareable cars

VW connected car concept

For German car manufacturer Volkswagen, the future of the car goes beyond a mere four-wheeled chauffer and errand-runner. Our cars will also integrate with our lives in ways never before thought possible. Earlier this year, the company revealed its plans for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – a platform which will create a seamless experience for drivers from the moment they enter, use, and leave their cars, ushering in a new era of truly connected vehicles.

Powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud and IoT Edge platform, the Automotive Cloud will allow drivers to effortlessly remain in control of their professional and personal lives. From entering the car to the same music they were just listening to in their living room, to managing their appointments and carrying out work meetings via Skype, the car will evolve into an invaluable physical, and digital, assistant.

Read the full story

This time it’s personal: the financial industry is banking on AI to better serve customers

Brown wallet with cards

The financial services industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Financial technology companies (fintechs) are challenging traditional enterprises, while players from other sectors such as retail and technology are entering their turf. In addition, customers are increasingly demanding predictive, proactive and proximate services. Today’s financial institutions need to ensure that every customer interaction – no matter the channel – goes off without a hitch and delivers value if they want to be industry leaders tomorrow.

Microsoft EMEA President Michel van der Bel had the pleasure of discussing the transformation of the financial services industry with Spiros Margaris, venture capitalist, senior advisor, and international AI, blockchain and fintech influencer. Click below for their full discussion and insights.

Read the full story

The future of fashion and retail

Fashion designer sketching from above

Today’s successful retailers challenge the fundamental assumptions of commerce, from the ways in which physical spaces can be used to create unique customer experiences, to featuring products and services that one cannot find elsewhere to resurrecting the art of selling. The digital transformation of the retail (and indeed, any other) industry is no longer about simply managing costs and increasing efficiency. Rather, it enables companies to react to brutally competitive market forces with new service models, business practices, supply chains and more. At the heart of this retail revolution lies data, alongside the tools required to analyze it to help businesses continuously evolve, improve, and grow – all while creating and maintaining customer loyalty, and remaining competitive.

Read the full story

Medicine Man: How AI is bringing humanity back into healthcare

“When mistakes happen, patients die. I remember thinking to myself ‘What is going on here?’ We can do better. We should do better.”

When Simon Kos practiced critical care medicine in intensive care and anaesthesia early on in his career, digital technology was not well established. “I saw mistakes – avoidable mistakes – happen all around me,” he states. Now Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft, Kos is at the forefront of a medical revolution. His ambition is infectious, and his passion is fuelled by his first-hand experiences of the power that technological transformation, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can bring to our lives.

Read the full story

Knowledge is the best defence

keyboard, side view

If you were asked to pick the most vulnerable demographic to tech support scams, chances are your answer would lean towards the older generation. Traditionally, the elderly have less experience/knowledge of technology, and could therefore be more at risk of falling victim to these scams.

Microsoft’s survey results, however, show that Gen Z, millennials and males are the most vulnerable to tech support scams – a surprising revelation, given that the younger generation is, on the whole, more digitally savvy. This, however, appears to be the cause of their overconfidence and false sense of security – these groups are the most likely to lose money after continuing an interaction with scammers. These demographics, the results show, engage in riskier online behavior such as visiting torrent sites, have a greater familiarity with technology companies than older generations, and are potentially hurt by overconfidence in their device and web expertise.

Read the full story

POLITICO Europe elects Microsoft technology to power its innovative new Elections Hub

EU flag

In collaboration with Microsoft, POLITICO Europe launched a new Elections hub to report on the upcoming 2019 European Parliamentary elections. One of the key features of the hub is a stunning interactive data visualization – built with Microsoft Power BI. The team at POLITICO Europe seeks to bring an unprecedented degree of education and insight to the European electorate as they navigate the complicated election process, which spans thousands of candidates and hundreds of parties across the EU’s 27 member nations. POLITICO Europe’s leaders worked with Microsoft to envision new ways of reporting likely outcomes of the election, and break down complex issues like coalition building, to show individual voters the impact of their vote, and draw new participants into the democratic process.

Read the full story

The secret of productivity

Office workers in a discussion

While there’s no doubt that moving data to the cloud, adopting Artificial Intelligence, and implementing remote working tools is helping businesses to scale and innovate like never before, the question on leaders’ minds is not if, but how, to digitally transform. Leaders must focus on how can technology empower their employees and drive growth.

To help businesses understand how to best empower their workforce, Microsoft spoke to more than 20,000 people working in medium and large companies, from a range of industries, in 21 different countries across Europe. Respondents were asked about the technology they use at work, and their attitudes towards their job and their job performance.

The findings clearly show that to compete in today’s cloud-first world, quality tools alone aren’t enough: for technology to be most effective, it needs to sit within a strong digital culture.

Read the full story

Girls in STEM: the importance of role models

Two children learning to code on a laptop

Research from Microsoft reveals that the number of girls interested in STEM across Europe, on average, almost doubles when they have a role model to inspire them. The findings from a Europe-wide study of girls and young women shows that in general, there is a clear link between role models and an increased passion for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, with more interest in careers in these fields, and greater self-confidence.

Microsoft’s research stands alongside organisations such as UNESCO and Accenture in providing data and insights around the importance of role models in STEM, with the hope that educators, policy makers, NGOs and the private sector can all work together and invest towards bridging the digital skills gap of the future. With women only making up 30 percent of Europe’s ICT workforce and an expected shortage of up to 500,000 ICT workers by 2020, this is an issue we must all address today – and role models could help.

Read the full story

Healthcare with heart

Medical science continues to progress, allowing doctors to push the boundaries and always achieve more. One such example is the implantation of heart valves via the groin – a procedure which has reached full swing in recent years due to it shorter recovery period and less invasive nature. Some questions, however, are still asked. Are costly procedures such as this as successful as scientific studies are? Do these innovative techniques have the effect of reducing mortality? Are the results as good in one hospital as in the other?

“Such information is crucial for all members of our multidisciplinary team of doctors, carers and paramedics – they allow us to further improve the quality of our care,” says Dr Karl Dujardin, a cardiologist at Delta General Hospital, Roeselare, in Belgium. Although these questions seem simple, it was almost impossible, until recently to answer them, he states. While both Dr Dujardin and his colleagues kept records of their procedures, for example, they lacked an overall vision of the effectiveness of the treatment – and this is where technology comes in.

Read the full story

Transforming a thousand-year-old city into mixed reality

The island of Mont Saint Michel

In the 17th century, before the advent of drones, planes, or even balloons, the solution to creating accurate representations of areas was as time-consuming, as it was beautiful. Plan-relief maps (scale models of landscapes and buildings,) were hand-crafted in meticulous detail, recreating locations of interest in ways that no other means at the time could match.

Coveted by military leaders such as Napoleon and King Louis XIV, these plan-relief maps provided topographic details of landscapes, such as hills and harbours, in addition to showing off the layouts of cities and their fortifications. This is the story of the map of Mont-Saint-Michel—a rocky headland off the Normandy coast, with a stunning Benedictine abbey – and how it was recreated in Mixed Reality.

Read the full story

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Author: Steve Clarke

Veeam backup software just ‘Right’ for background check provider

A background check provider has hired Veeam Software and its flagship Availability Suite for the important job of backing up sensitive data.

HireRight LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., has been using Veeam backup software for a little over a year. The software protects 5,000 virtual machines — or 1.2 petabytes — using Nimble Storage snapshots. HireRight has a pair of data centers in Europe and two new data centers in the United States.

Elliott Peterson, vice president of global IT for HireRight, said the Veeam backup software saves time and money. HireRight’s IT staff doesn’t spend as much time managing backups — it saves about 80 hours a week, to be exact, in the form of two employees who had previously focused on backup and recovery and switched to other key roles. HireRight has shifted to a completely virtualized platform and moved off of the costlier process of using tape for backup.

“The biggest advantage is it’s simple,” said Peterson.

As an example, during testing, HireRight engineers restored databases essentially on their own without needing to be too familiar with the Veeam backup software in advance. It didn’t take months to train the engineers, Peterson said.

HireRight previously used Symantec Backup Exec.

Compliance is key

HireRight, which provides pre-employment background checks, drug testing and education verification, has more than 40,000 customers in 200 countries. The company has about 3,000 employees in 17 offices around the world.

We’ve tested it. It works.
Elliott Petersonvice president of global IT, HireRight

HireRight’s sensitive data requires compliance with a number of regulations, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect in May 2018 and includes new data privacy and security rights for European Union (EU) citizens and companies that store data in the EU. With the Veeam backup software, HireRight can back up data in the European Union separately from data in the United States for GDPR compliance purposes, according to Peterson.

Also in May 2018, Veeam launched its new vision of Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. The platform includes backup, aggregation, visibility of data, orchestration and automation.

Veeam DataLabs is one way the vendor expanded its data management capabilities last May. Part of the Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam DataLabs is a copy data management feature that creates copies of production environments for uses beyond standard data protection. An organization can examine and classify data, for example, to help it comply with regulations such as GDPR.

Peterson said he thinks the platform will help HireRight with GDPR compliance.

“The roadmap for intelligent data management, I think, is the right approach,” Peterson said. “All in all, it sounds really promising.”

HireRight also uses Zerto — which provides disaster recovery and business continuity software for virtualized and cloud environments — for replication, Peterson said.

During testing for application migration, HireRight experienced some instances of data corruption and was able to recover with the Veeam backup software. “We’ve tested it,” Peterson said. “It works.”

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Wanted – Intel Core i5 7500 or better

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by silverpuma, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Hi all, I am looking for a i5 7500 cpu or better as an upgrade for my G4560.

    If it comes with a cooler that would be even better. Let me know what you have.

    I can pay with either bank transfer or paypal gift……Thanks

    Location: Londonderry

    ______________________________________________________
    This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
    By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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