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Women as allies for women: Understanding intersectionality – The Official Microsoft Blog

One of my earliest learnings was that my experiences as a woman were not identical to other women’s experiences, although they were similar. As with any dimension of identity, the way women experience the world depends on much larger context. As a white girl growing up in Victoria, British Columbia, there were multiple layers to my experiences. Although my brothers and I had what was necessary, we did not have much socioeconomic privilege. What I learned as I watched the world around me is that as a benefit of my race, it was easier for me to cover my socioeconomic status than it was for my friends who were not white.

The United Nations marked March 8 as International Women’s Day by declaring that “fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women everywhere.” This declaration is inclusive of all women with intersectionality in mind.

Understanding intersectionality in the workplace

It starts with something as simple as the way we think about all the dimensions of our identity, including things like race, ethnicity, disability, religion, age and sexual orientation. Even class, education, geography and personal history can alter how we experience womanhood. When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality 30 years ago, she explained it as how these overlapping identities and conditions impact the way we experience life’s challenges and opportunities, the privileges we have, the biases we face.

So simply focusing on a single dimension of identity, without that context, is not always helpful. When we consider women as a single category, as a monolith, it can be misleading at best, dangerous at worst. Doing so overlooks the variations of circumstances and perspectives within the group and obscures real lived experiences as outliers or exceptions. “Women’s workplace issues” is a vague term without enough specificity to drive action. Women of color, women with disabilities, transgender women, women who are the first of their family to work corporate or professional jobs, women who are caregivers — all women deal with additional social, cultural, regional or community demands that may not exist for others. Although all women navigate varying degrees of conscious and unconscious gender biases, intersections of identity can place compounded pressure on a woman to downplay other aspects of her life to conform — a behavior called covering, as explored by Kenji Yoshino — leading to even greater workplace stress.

To increase hiring, retention, representation and the development of women in the workplace, companies must be intentional and accountable for being aware of the diversity within the diversity. Conventional strategies to increase the representation of women in a workplace have mostly benefited those who do not also experience intersectional challenges. By getting curious and exploring the lived experiences of women through the lens of intersectionality, we become more precise about the root cause and about finding ways to generate systemic solutions for all.

Setting the stage for allyship

 Understanding all this can be a powerful catalyst for change, not just for organizations as a whole but also for individuals. At Microsoft we are refining how we think about allyship. Part of that exploration is the recognition that as Microsoft employees each of us has some dimension of privilege. This isn’t meant to minimize or negate the very real ways that communities experience significant, systematic historical bias or oppression. But rather it is meant to shine a light on our opportunity to show up for each other. For example, as a community of women we have an opportunity to be more thoughtful about the experiences of our peers who face greater challenges due to their intersectional identity. So although traditionally we might look to men in the workplace to carry the full weight of allyship, women in the workplace also have an opportunity to be thoughtful allies for others in their community.

Such an awareness opens the door for true allyship — an intentional commitment to use your voice, credibility, knowledge, place or power to support others in the way they want to be supported. I am very aware of my opportunity, due to my personal privilege, to show up for other women in a meaningful way. I embrace my obligation to create space for other voices to be heard, not just on International Women’s Day, but all year round.

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IT’s technology experience problem gets HR tool

Bad technology experiences can leave employees unhappy, less productive and may even prompt some to quit. It’s a point backed up by studies and analysts. And it’s a problem Qualtrics sees as an opportunity.

This week, Qualtrics announced EmployeeXM for IT, an IT-specific employee engagement tool. It measures and monitors employee satisfaction with the IT stack on everything from hardware to applications.

Because technology experience has a direct relationship to employee engagement and productivity, IT managers who deploy the tool will likely have to work with HR, according to Qualtrics.

Qualtrics, which is based in Provo, Utah, was acquired by SAP for $8 billion in 2018. The firm’s platform measures brand, product, customer experience and employee experience. It has a dedicated employee experience platform, EmployeeXM.

EmployeeXM for IT assesses whether employees can do their jobs effectively and efficiently. It also measures the quality of help desk services. Its features include technology experience benchmarks against other IT departments.

Technology experience stakes

“How does the organization generally feel about the internal IT department?” said Jay Choi, executive vice president and general manager of EmployeeXM. CIOs don’t usually have a good understanding for how their employees feel about their services, he said.

The product will give satisfaction scores on a firm’s technology such as productivity and collaboration tools, marketing automation tools and ERP tools, Choi said. The EmployeeXM assessment tools will also look at specific functions in the applications. It can integrate with management platforms, such as ServiceNow, to generate a ticket in response to a service problem, he said.

“One of the big drivers of engagement are people who are feeling like they’re making daily progress,” Choi said. That’s a finding from a recent study Qualtrics did with Microsoft. To Qualtrics, that means making sure employees have “the tools and capabilities, the processes and the support they need to get their jobs done efficiently and effectively,” he said.

CIOs generally want more engagement data, according to David Johnson, a Forrester Research analyst who works with CIOs. IT managers want “to keep a better pulse on how well things are working for people.”

Tech is implicated when employees quit

“Technology is being implicated in departures by employees,” Johnson said, and CIOs are aware of it. “They want to be proactive and stay on top of this,” he said.

Technology is being implicated in departures by employees.
David JohnsonAnalyst, Forrester Research

If people are struggling at work, “sometimes there is a technology root cause — it may be impossible for them to search and find the information that they need to be successful,” Johnson said.

Bad technology experiences have a direct impact on employee satisfaction, according to a study this year by G2 Crowd Inc. In a survey of 1,600 workers, it found that more than half of survey takers are unhappy with their software tools, and nearly 25% said the poor technology experience made them consider leaving their jobs.

Interest by CIOs in getting a better understanding of tech’s impact on employee engagement is prompting IT managers to collaborate more with HR managers, said Josh Bersin, an independent HR analyst.

“The employee experience is a combination of things: the employee’s job and work, the IT environment, the management environment and the environment and culture of the whole organization,” Bersin said.

“It turns out that all employee experience [EX] programs need to involve HR, IT and often facilities and operations,” Bersin said.

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What’s New in EDU: Live from ISTE 2018 |

Educators from across the globe are bringing their passions, experiences and big-change ideas together again for the 2018 ISTE Conference and Expo, kicking off this week in Chicago, Illinois. And if forward-thinking teachers and time-saving tech advancements are going to be there, that means What’s New in EDU is going to be there too.

We’re debuting brand new episodes of What’s New in EDU, our round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education, throughout the week of ISTE. You can tune in to each episode live, even if you’re #notatISTE, so keep an eye on the schedule below:

What’s New in EDU: Live from ISTE on Monday: 5:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live

What’s New in EDU: Live from ISTE on Tuesday: 5:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live

What’s New in EDU: Live from ISTE on Wednesday: 5:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live

There’s a lot of exciting news to cover this week, including our announcement of Minecraft: Education Edition’s Update Aquatic and our partnership with BBC Learning on new, cost-effective STEM lesson plans. We also have an update on free workshops coming to Microsoft Store locations that help educators attain Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certification.

If you’re an educator:

Office 365 Education helps create engaging learning experiences for today’s classrooms. Using the products you already know and love like Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint, reach students with features that help you create personalized learning experiences.

  • Dictation: This simple yet transformative tool helps students write freely and conquer the blank page using their voice. Dictation is now available for Word and PowerPoint on Win32 as well as OneNote for Windows 10.

New OneNote Sticker Packs: Have you ever been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest canyon in the world? Did you know that an octopus can collect shells to make armor to fight off sharks? We’ve created four new sticker packs that explore the ocean and the marine life that call it home! We take a look at coral reefs, tide pools, the deepest parts of the ocean, and those larger species that need a little more space in the open ocean.

Learning Tools:  13,000,000 people round the globe regularly use Learning Tools to help them achieve more in school and at home. As part of Learning Tools, Immersive Reader implements proven techniques to improve reading for learners regardless of their age or ability.

  • Parts of Speech symbols: Teachers and students have the option to enable symbols for nouns, verbs, and adjectives over the highlighted part of speech. This is especially useful for readers who are color blind.
  • Adverbs: The Immersive Reader has had the ability to highlight important parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We listened to valuable feedback from teachers that adverbs are also an important part of speech that should be highlighted and now adverbs are available in over 10 languages.

 

Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Educators can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with school staff – all from a single experience in Office 365 Education.

This month, Teams celebrates its first-year anniversary! Read more about the news, including new educator stories – and discover free teacher training materials.

  • Rubrics Grading: Utilize rubric grading and skills-based grading of your assignments making it easier to deliver feedback to your students. Students will also be able to see how they’ll be assessed upfront, before they start working on the assignment. Teachers can save a lot of time with a grading tool that’s easily applied to multiple assignments at once.

  • Forms in Assignments: In Assignments, you’ll be able to add a Form to a new assignment for your students to fill out and return. Leverage features of Forms reporting functionality, like auto-grading, feedback, and scores, directly in the Assignments grade book and keep track of scores across many Forms-powered quizzes.

  • Join Codes: Create a simple code for members to join your Class, PLC, or Staff team. This makes it easy for many people to join your team all at once. Display the code in ‘projector mode’ so that everyone in the classroom can see it and join the team.
  • Reusing a team as a template: Teachers can reuse an existing team as a template when creating a new team, then customize what they want to copy over: channels, team setting, apps, and even users.
  • Mute all students: There’s a time for conversation, and there’s a time for focus. You can now pause students from posting in the conversation tab.
  • Page locking in OneNote assignments – For teachers creating OneNote assignments, the pages of the student will now automatically “lock” as read only when the due date/time passes. The teacher can still edit and annotate these OneNote assignment pages with feedback.
  • Archive teams: Safely store your Class, PLC, or Staff team content in read-only mode. Easily reference archived teams while you are setting up your Teams experience for the next school year.

Open Up Resources:  Open Up Resources is a nonprofit working to develop the highest quality full-course Open Educational Resources (OER) curricula, standards-aligned, and provided for free to promote instructional equity. This curriculum was developed by Illustrative Mathematics, and currently covers 6th – 8th Grade Math. Recently, EdReports gave this curriculum their highest rating ever.

 OneNote empowers teachers and students to capture information and stay organized in their digital notebook.  OneNote allows students to organize their notes, ideate with others, and sync their notes seamlessly via the cloud.

  • Math Assistant Understanding the steps of a complex math problem is key to finding a solution. Math Assistant in OneNote Online helps this process by showing solution steps, as well as providing a graph for easier visualization. Read more about Math Assistant in OneNote online here.

OneNote Class Notebooks helps teachers capture and organize class content, create and deliver interactive lessons, provide feedback, and collaborate. Teachers can create a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. This school year, 25,000,000 student notebooks have been created!

  • Page Locking: Page locking allows teachers to prevent unwanted editing by students. Teachers can lock pages as read-only after giving feedback to the student but can still edit the locked pages themselves. Read more about Page locking in OneNote Class Notebooks here.
  • Teacher Transfer: This highly requested tool allows school IT professional to help transfer Class Notebooks from one teacher to another or to different schools when teachers change positions, saving valuable time and information.

Page Locking in OneNote for Windows 10

Microsoft Forms helps teachers quickly create polls, quizzes, and assessments, and see results as they come in. Microsoft Forms is simple to use, works on any browser and device, and lets you assign points for automatic grading.

  • Math Quiz: With additional tools to create math questions and worksheets, teachers can broaden the type of questions they ask in Forms to better assess Math skills. Read more about Math Quiz in Microsoft Forms here.

Microsoft Sway helps teachers and students easily create immersive, interactive presentations with images, text, videos, and other multimedia.

  • Refreshed iOS app: Updates to the iOS app include new commands that make it a breeze to add and organize content on-the-go.  Students and teachers will be able to easily incorporate their mobile captures, use drag-and-drop, tap to resize content, and instantly work together by using Sways Near Me.  Read more about the updates in our latest blog post.

Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels. MakeCode takes a unique approach to Computing Education by combining the magic of Making with the power of Code as a way to make learning about computers and technology more accessible, and interesting to a wider audience of students.

  • MakeCode for LEGO MINDSTORMS: Microsoft MakeCode provides a very easy on-ramp into robotics with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 by providing students with both a block-based, and text-based coding environment.  And because it’s browser-based, schools can use MakeCode for MINDSTORMS on any computer. For more details view this blog post.

 

 The Microsoft Photos app features a built-in video editor, making it easy for you and your students to create movies using photos, video clips, music, 3D models, and Hollywood-style special effects. Whether it’s a group history project, a lab report, or a music video just for fun, you can quickly sequence your project, add titles, drop in music, and enhance your story with special effects.

  • Timeline scrollbar: The new timeline scrollbar makes it easy to jump to a specific month or year to see the photos and videos you captured on a that date. The scrollbar is tailored to your collection, showing you at a glance where your biggest capture sessions have been and how your photos and videos are distributed over time.

Change the date on a photo or video: Have you ever taken pictures on a camera that didn’t have the date and time set correctly? Now it’s easy to get that media showing up correctly in your collection. Just right-click on an image or video to change the date.

Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. are offering free MIE workshops:

You might already be familiar with the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program, which teaches educators of all levels how to integrate technology and Microsoft tools into the classroom to improve their students’ learning experience. This program was previously only offered online, but now for the first time ever, Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. are offering free MIE workshops for educators who prefer an in-person learning experience.

Workshops are taught by associates who are certified MIE Experts, and just like the online MIE training programs, educators earn credit to become a certified MIE. To learn more, educators are invited to stop in anytime at their local Microsoft Store and speak with the Community Development Specialist.

If you focus on IT:

Intune for Education makes it easy to set up and manage Windows 10 devices in just a few steps, including deploying apps or settings to users, and managing shared devices.

  • User and Device Details Pages: At a basic level, administrators want to be sure that everything is working as expected so that the in-classroom experience is focused on learning. The basic question we hear from these admins is: “When student ‘X’ signed in to device ‘Y’, what should have been applied and what was actually applied?”  To help resolve this requirement, we have added a key feature for admins: Once they find the user/device in the management console, they can now see which settings and apps should be applied plus the deployment status for a user/device.

School Data Sync (SDS) simplifies class creation and management in Office 365. SDS reads from your Student Information Systems (SIS) and creates classes and groups for Microsoft Teams, OneNote Class Notebooks, Intune for Education, and third-party applications. Best of all, it’s free!

  • Education Security Groups: SDS creates new Education Security Groups by default. The new groups will include the All Teachers, All Students, Teachers of School, and Students of School. These groups can be used for Intune for Education device policy, Group Based Licensing, Conditional Access Policy, and several other O365 security management features.
  • Expired Class Management: SDS provides options to rename expired classes, remove student access from expired classes. This new experience simplifies class management for term transition and back-to-school cycles.

To learn more about Microsoft Education and our tools and technology that help foster inclusion and support personalizing learning for every student, click here.

Microsoft Build highlights new opportunity for developers, at the edge and in the cloud

Announcing new innovations that help developers build AI and multidevice, multisense experiences, and new $25M AI for Accessibility program

REDMOND, Wash. — May 7, 2018 — Monday at Microsoft Build 2018, Microsoft Corp.’s annual developer conference, Microsoft leaders showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform. Building for AI is more important to developers than ever, as technology continues to change the way people live and work every day, across the cloud and across edge devices.

“The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “These advancements create incredible developer opportunity and also come with a responsibility to ensure the technology we build is trusted and benefits all.”

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to trusted, responsible AI products and practices, the company also today announced AI for Accessibility, a new $25 million, five-year program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than 1 billion people around the world with disabilities. The program comprises grants, technology investments and expertise, and will also incorporate AI for Accessibility innovations into Microsoft Cloud services. It builds on the success of the similar AI for Earth initiative.

Advancements in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud

Smart devices are proliferating in homes and businesses across the globe, with more than 20 billion expected by 2020. These devices are so smart, in fact, they are powering advanced ways to see, listen, reason and predict, without constant connectivity to the cloud. That is the intelligent edge, and it is opening opportunities for consumers, businesses and entire industries, from the operating room to the factory floor. Today Microsoft is announcing new capabilities for developers to extend to the edge:

  • Microsoft is open sourcing the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, allowing customers to modify, debug and have more transparency and control for edge applications.
  • Custom Vision will now run on Azure IoT Edge, enabling devices such as drones and industrial equipment to take critical action quickly without requiring cloud connectivity. This is the first Azure Cognitive Service to support edge deployment, with more coming to Azure IoT Edge over the next several months.
  • DJI, the world’s biggest drone company, is partnering with Microsoft to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs, and it has also selected Azure as its preferred cloud provider to further its commercial drone and SaaS solutions. The SDK will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to nearly 700M Windows 10 connected devices globally. As part of the commercial partnership, DJI and Microsoft will co-develop solutions leveraging Azure IoT Edge and Microsoft’s AI services to enable new scenarios across agriculture, construction, public safety and more.
  • Microsoft announced a joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to create a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions. Developers can create solutions that use Azure Machine Learning services and take advantage of the hardware acceleration available via the Qualcomm® Vision Intelligence Platform and Qualcomm® AI Engine. The camera can also power advanced Azure services, such as machine learning, stream analytics and cognitive services, that can be downloaded from the cloud to run locally on the edge.

Data and AI development for a new era

Using data, machine learning and cognitive intelligence, developers can build and manage AI-rich solutions that transform the ways people work, collaborate and live:

  • Microsoft announced Project Kinect for Azure, a package of sensors, including our next-generation depth camera, with onboard compute designed for AI on the Edge. Building on Kinect’s legacy that has lived on through HoloLens, Project Kinect for Azure empowers new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence. Combining Microsoft’s industry-defining Time of Flight sensor with additional sensors all in a small, power-efficient form factor, Project Kinect for Azure will leverage the richness of Azure AI to dramatically improve insights and operations. It can input fully articulated hand tracking and high-fidelity spatial mapping, enabling a new level of precision solutions.
  • A Speech Devices SDK announced today delivers superior audio processing from multichannel sources for more accurate speech recognition, including noise cancellation, far-field voice and more. With this, developers can build a variety of voice-enabled scenarios like drive-thru ordering systems, in-car or in-home assistants, smart speakers, and other digital assistants.
  • Azure Cosmos DB updates include new and differentiated multimaster at global scale capabilities, designed to support both the cloud and the edge, along with the VNET general availability for increased security. With these new updates, Cosmos DB delivers even greater cost-effectiveness and global scale, further cementing it as the fastest-growing database service in the world.
  • A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge. Project Brainwave makes Azure the fastest cloud to run real-time AI and is now fully integrated with Azure Machine Learning. It also supports Intel FPGA hardware and ResNet50-based neural networks.
  • New Azure Cognitive Services updates include a unified Speech service with improved speech recognition and text-to-speech, which support customized voice models and translation. Along with Custom Vision, these updates make it easier for any developer to add intelligence to their applications.
  • Microsoft is making Azure the best place to develop conversational AI experiences integrated with any agent. New updates to Bot Framework and Cognitive Services will power the next generation of conversational bots enabling richer dialogs, and full personality and voice customization to match the company’s brand identity.
  • A preview of Azure Search with Cognitive Services integration. This new feature combines AI with indexing technologies so it’s possible to quickly find information and insights, whether via text or images.

Multisense and multidevice experiences

Microsoft also demonstrated mixed-reality capabilities to enable richer experiences that understand the context surrounding people, the things they use, their activities and relationships:

  • A new initiative, Project Kinect for Azure — a package of sensors from Microsoft that contains our unmatched time of flight depth camera, with onboard compute, in a small, power-efficient form factor — designed for AI on the Edge. Project Kinect for Azure brings together this leading hardware technology with Azure AI to empower developers with new scenarios for working with ambient intelligence.
  • With Microsoft Remote Assist, customers can collaborate remotely with heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing, and mixed-reality annotations. Firstline Workers can share what they see with any expert on Microsoft Teams, while staying hands on to solve problems and complete tasks together, faster.
  • With Microsoft Layout, customers can design spaces in context with mixed reality. Import 3-D models to create room layouts in real-world scale, experience designs as high-quality holograms in physical space or in virtual reality, and share and edit with stakeholders in real time.

Modern tooling and experiences for any platform in any language

Microsoft is empowering developers to build for the new era of the intelligent edge, across Azure, Microsoft 365 and other platforms, using the languages and frameworks of their choice:

  • With Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), developers can drastically simplify how they build and run container-based solutions without deep Kubernetes experience. Generally available in the coming weeks, AKS integrates with developer tools and workspaces, DevOps capabilities, networking, monitoring tools, and more in the Azure portal, so developers can write code, not stitch services together. In addition, Microsoft is now offering Kubernetes support for Azure IoT Edge devices.
  • Visual Studio IntelliCode is a new capability that enhances everyday software development with the power of AI. IntelliCode provides intelligent suggestions to improve code quality and productivity and is available in preview today in Visual Studio.
  • Visual Studio Live Share, now in preview, lets developers easily and securely collaborate in real time with team members who can edit and debug directly from their existing tools like Visual Studio 2017 and VS Code. Developers can use Live Share with any language for any scenario, including serverless, cloud-native and IoT development.
  • Building on our shared commitment to developers and open source, Microsoft announced a new partnership with GitHub that brings the power of Azure DevOps services to GitHub customers. Today, we released the integration of Visual Studio App Center and GitHub, which provides GitHub developers building apps for iOS and Android devices to seamlessly automate DevOps processes right from within the GitHub experience.
  • Available today, the new Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench makes it easier to develop blockchain applications by stitching together an Azure-supported blockchain network with cloud services like Azure Active Directory, Key Vault and SQL Database, reducing proof-of-concept development time dramatically.

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This month on Bing: holiday shopping, photo contest, new sports and weather experiences

This month at Bing we shipped several new experiences that help you quickly find what you’re looking for.
 

Holiday Shopping

With the holidays upon us, we have new tools to make it easy for you to search and discover the best deals on gifts.

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Bing Shopping helps you save time by bringing together products from multiple sellers across the Web in to one search experience. Be it televisions, clothing and shoes, toys for your little ones, or gift baskets for your loved ones, you can compare across a wide range of products, filter your choices, compare prices, and visit the seller’s website where you can complete the purchase.

The Black Friday flyers page is a one stop shop to help you find Black Friday ads from across major stores in the US, saving you time mapping out your Black Friday strategy. So whether you are deal hunting or browsing specific stores, bookmark this page and visit it often to discover the latest deals as they are available.

Also in time for the holidays, we’ve increased the number of delivery services we support for package tracking, expanding our coverage from USPS, UPS, and Fedex in the US to coverage of several markets outside the US including myHermes in Great Britain and Purolator in Canada. Simply put your tracking ID in the search box, and Bing will present the latest tracking status right in the search result.

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#AmplifyIngenuity Photo Contest

We also launched a #AmplifyIngenuity photo contest on 11/10 to help our users find inspiration in the ways humanity has used its intelligence to make a better future.

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Historical weather and sports information

Bing has already got current weather and football information, but now you can check historical statistics for these topics. 

For example, if you’re hoping to travel these holidays or even just plan what to do at home, you can find historical weather patterns to know what to better expect.

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Similarly, you can now go beyond searching current NFL results, and can brush up on your pro football knowledge by checking results of historical games.

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We hope you’re as excited by these releases as we are; we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback at User Voice!

– The Bing Team
 

This month on Bing: entertainment experiences and saved content

This month at Bing we continued our momentum by shipping several new experiences that help you quickly find what you’re looking for.

New entertainment answers

We expanded our carousel coverage to help you find new types of entertainment content.

We’re continuing to deliver up-to-date information for popular topical searches, such as “new movie releases” and “2017 fall TV premieres”, but on top of that, we’re also covering new and trending content on streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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New movies on Amazon prime

We’re also introducing a tabbed experiences on mobile, so when you’re looking for more information on movies and artists, you’ll see rich visual content in context of what tab you’re on.

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My saves

My saves is another new Bing feature that makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Now, you can create individual collections of the videos and images you find on Bing and want to reference later.

Simply click the plus sign in the bottom left of an image of video you want to revisit later, and Bing saves it for you.

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From there, you can organize your saves into individual collections to make future retrieval even easier.

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We hope you’re as excited by these releases as we are; we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback at User Voice!

– The Bing Team

Microsoft’s transformation, surprising partnerships, and embracing the future: Peggy Johnson’s thoughts at Experiences 2017 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

Following its reinvention in 2016, Microsoft’s Experiences event, taking place in Paris on October 3 and 4, is the unmissable event of the French digital ecosystem.

It provides a platform for the company to share its vision and commitment, bringing together the French digital ecosystem and industry, by inviting partners and clients to discuss their digital transformation for the benefit and growth of the French economy and its businesses.

Created with digital intelligence in mind, the event welcomes a number of stakeholders to address three main themes – AI, digital confidence, and innovative collaboration. Speakers include Maurice Lévy, CEO of Publicis, Antoine Petit, CEO of Inria, and Stephan Haulon, Professor of Vascular surgery at the Marie Lannelongue Surgical Centre, to name but a few examples.

With digital transformation on every businesses mind, the subject of technology, and the winds of change it brings with it, is a crucial one. During Experiences, Microsoft shares its knowledge (and that of its partners and customers) to help attendees better understand power of technology, and its benefits.

Ultimately, leaders, business decision makers, entrepreneurs and developers, will learn how to take advantage of technological innovations and apply them to the solutions of tomorrow.

Combined with an on-site AI Hackademy showcasing the very latest innovations in AI in both home and work environments, businesses large and small will walk away from the event, armed with the learnings they’ll need to evolve their future.

In addition, Microsoft is also mobilizing its partners (including publishers, service companies and startups) at a Job Dating event, to recruit developers, network managers, cybersecurity experts and more. In partnership with the Grande École du Numérique, Paris Code and Fitec, hundreds of job opportunities will be offered by 30 companies, exclusively to young dropout students from establishments.

Overall, with 230 sessions and 15,000 on-site attendees formed from a mixture of partners, customers, influencers and developers (and more watching the Microsoft Experiences live stream online), this year’s Experiences event is shaping up to be the best one yet.

A packed crowd of attendees fill the seats at Microsoft Experiences 2017

Transformation comes from within
The opening day’s keynote kicked off with Laurence Lafont, Director of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft France, introducing Executive Vice President of Business Development Peggy Johnson on stage to share her thoughts and insights.

Reminiscing about her first steps into the industry, Johnson recalled how she first made the swap from working on anti-submarine warfare technology for General Electric, to a software engineer position at Qualcomm in 1989.

After 25 years of ignoring recruiting calls, Johnson answered Microsoft’s call, after being intrigued by CEO Satya Nadella’s decision to release Office on iOS and Android.

“I went to the Microsoft campus, and found a vibrancy that was exciting. I met with Satya who talked about mobile-first, cloud-first, and was super inspired by Microsoft’s mission statement – to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. No company was in a better position to do this than Microsoft, so I took the leap.”

Microsoft’s mission statement echoes around the cavernous halls of the Palais des Congrès convention centre. Walking through the crowds, among the hundreds of booths and demos, there’s a spark in the air. At each turn, you discover passion and excitement – all fuelled by the countless benefits that technology can bring to both individuals, and businesses.

Joining the stage throughout the opening keynote were companies such as Schneider Electric and Adecco, who discussed their shift from being Microsoft customers, to fully-fledged partners, marking their transformation and evolution into true software companies.

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Schneider Electric’s partnership with Microsoft, for example, and its choice of Azure for its IoT solutions, has allowed the spread of digital transformation at-scale for industry, accelerating the delivery of cloud-based IoT solutions, increasing the value that companies can offer businesses and organisations across multiple industries.

“By bringing together the strengths of our two companies, we can continue to make IoT valuable, delivering tangible and measurable business results, allowing customers to tap into new data, create new insights and fuel digital transformation in their organization,” said Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President, IoT and Digital Transformation, Schneider Electric.

But it’s important to remember that Microsoft, too, has embarked on its own transformation journey:

“Microsoft is over four decades old and we, like many companies, are facing the same issues of disruption”, Johnson explained during her keynote session. “How do we navigate tech? How do we keep up with the trends? We looked to the cloud and beyond, going through our own transformation. Not just a change in strategic approach, but we needed a cultural change as well – going from a know-it-all, to a learn-it-all culture.”

This embracing of technology and the willingness to partner with companies like Microsoft can also propel even more traditional businesses into the future.

Take Renault-Nissan – a car company which faces a host of new disruptions. From connected cars, to assisted and even autonomous driving, its long-established industry is changing rapidly.

By allowing Microsoft to take care of the heavy lifting – namely by using the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform to lay the groundwork, the company is able to differentiate itself within Microsoft’s platform, allowing it to remain competitive while offering its own unique solutions.



Benefits for all
Recently, Microsoft has surprised the tech industry with partnerships with more unexpected companies, such as Amazon.

In August, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, both Microsoft and Amazon revealed that their digital agents – Cortana and Alexa, would be able to speak to each other – a testament to the willingness of both companies to transform themselves for the benefit of all.

“For a long time, the industry had an ‘If I have more, you have less’ attitude to partnerships – which aren’t sustainable in the long term”, Johnson explains. “As our culture changed, our view of partnerships changed too.”

“We asked what we can do better for joint customers. If our customers are using both products and it makes them have a better experience, we would integrate the two. So instead of fighting for a piece of the pie, we wanted to grow the pie- that’s our approach going forward.”

Investing in the future

Microsoft has also begun to invest in startups at earlier stages than ever before, to great success.

“It gives us the ability to engage with the startup community earlier with tech support, helping with growth, and giving our own teams some insights and signals into trend”, Johnson states.

Having also visited Paris’ Station F – the world’s largest startup campus – Johnson left feeling very impressed; “It was fantastic – a stunning building, with such a warm, inclusive environment. I spent time there learning about activities, and talking to startups in the AI space – a big focus area for Microsoft. What an opportunity – I think it’s going to be fantastic for Paris, and the innovators in it.”

Microsoft’s commitment to startups is plain to see in the packed halls of the AI Hackademy, at its Experiences event.

Featuring 35 AI projects developed by startups, partners and more, the AI Hackademy showcases the very best innovations in AI, with case studios and immersive demos aplenty.

With applications ranging from industry to accessibility, to connected homes and the new world of work, the future is out in full force here in Paris, and it looks brighter than ever.

General availability of App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers

Applications are changing the pace of business today – from delivering amazing customer experiences, to transforming internal operations. To keep pace, developers need solutions that help them quickly build, deploy and scale applications without having to maintain the underlying web servers or operating systems. Azure App Service delivers this experience and currently hosts more than 1 million cloud applications. Using its powerful capabilities such as integrated CI/CD, deployment slots and auto scaling, developers can get applications to the end users much faster; and today we’re making it even better. 

I am pleased to announce that Azure App Service is now generally available on Linux, including its Web App for Containers capability. With this, we now offer built-in image support for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby on Linux, as well as provide developers an option to bring their own Docker formatted container images supporting Java, Python, Go and more.

In Azure, we continue to invest in providing more choices that help you maximize your existing investments. Supporting Azure App Service on Linux is an important step in that direction.

High productivity development

To accelerate cloud applications development, you can take advantage of the built-in images for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby, all running on Linux, letting you focus on your applications instead of infrastructure. Just select the stack your web app needs, we will set up the application environment and handle the maintenance for you. If you want more control of your environment, simply SSH into your application and get full remote access to administrative commands.

Web App

Pre-built packages including WordPress, Joomla and Drupal solutions are also available in Azure Marketplace and can be deployed with just a few clicks to App Service.

Ease of deployment

With the new App Service capability, Web App for Containers, you can get your containerized applications to production in seconds. Simply push your container image to Docker Hub, Azure Container Registry, or your private registry, and Web App for Containers will deploy your containerized application and provision required infrastructure. Furthermore, whenever required, it will automatically perform Linux OS patching and load balancing for you.

Docker Container

Apart from the portal, you also have the option to deploy to App Service using CLI or Azure Resource Management templates.

Built-in CI/CD, scale on demand

Azure App Service on Linux offers built-in CI/CD capabilities and an intuitive scaling experience. With a few simple clicks, you can integrate with GitHub, Docker Hub or Azure Container Registry, and realize continuous deployment through Jenkins, VSTS or Maven.

Deployment Slots let you easily deploy to target environments, swap staging to production, schedule performance and quality tests, and roll-back to previous versions with zero downtime.

After you promote the updates to production, scaling is as simple as dragging a slider, calling a REST API, or configuring automatic scaling rules. You can scale your applications up or down on demand or automatically, and get high availability within and across different geographical regions.

To get started with Azure App Service on Linux, check out the use cases and try App Service for free. Want to learn more? Sign up for our upcoming webinar focused on containerized applications. You can also join us and thousands of other developers at Open Source Summit North America. For more information and updates, follow @OpenAtMicrosoft.