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Turning the next generation into everyday superheroes thanks to Hour of Code 2019 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

When you think of coding, your first thoughts might be about highly specialized technical know-how. But did you know that effective coding requires skills like creativity, innovation and collaboration too – all of which will be hugely important for the workforce of tomorrow?

According to Microsoft research with McKinsey, the fastest growing occupations, such as technology professionals and healthcare providers, will require a combination of digital and cognitive skills such as digital literacy, problem solving and critical thinking. Young people having access to learning tools to improve both these sets of skills is crucial – a fact non-profit organizations like JA Europe recognize through their work to get young people ready for the future of work. If young people are given the opportunity to develop their digital skills, the European Labor Market will see significant benefits when they move into the workforce. According to a LinkedIn Economic Graph report, AI Talent in the European Labour Market, training and upskilling ‘near-AI’ talent could double the size of the current AI workforce in the EU. It also found that AI skills are concentrated in a small number of countries and that this must be addressed to reduce the digital skills gap in Europe.

In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week which began yesterday and extends to December 15, Microsoft continues its multi-year commitment to Hour of Code, a global movement that introduces students to computer science and demystifies what coding is all about. Activities are running across Europe to fuel imagination and demonstrate how these skills could be used to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As such, code has the power to turn anyone into an everyday superhero.

To bring this to life, Microsoft is inviting young people to ‘save the day’ through Computer Science. Created in partnership with MakeCode, a new Minecraft tutorial combines code, Artificial Intelligence and problem solving skills. It is inspired by various Microsoft AI for Earth projects and encourages students to use their critical thinking skills to plot where forest fires could happen, put plans in place to stop them with AI and ultimately save the Minecraft village!

Since 2012, Microsoft has helped more than 137,000 young people and educators in Europe through Hour of Code events and programs. And, as the end of the decade draws near, we are keen to support even more people to get into coding and show how it can change the world. If you’re looking to help your children or students become coding superheroes, we have developed two training guides – one for students and one aimed at educators – no cape needed!

Go forth and code!

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Satellite connectivity expands reach of Azure ExpressRoute across the globe

Staying connected to access and ingest data in today’s highly distributed application environments is paramount for any enterprise. Many businesses need to operate in and across highly unpredictable and challenging conditions. For example, energy, farming, mining, and shipping often need to operate in remote, rural, or other isolated locations with poor network connectivity.

With the cloud now the de facto and primary target for the bulk of application and infrastructure migrations, access from remote and rural locations becomes even more important. The path to realizing the value of the cloud starts with a hybrid environment access resources with dedicated and private connectivity.

Network performance for these hybrid scenarios from rural and remote sites becomes increasingly critical. With globally connected organizations, the explosive number of connected devices and data in the Cloud, as well as emerging areas such as autonomous driving and traditional remote locations such as cruise ships are directly affected by connectivity performance.  Other examples requiring highly available, fast, and predictable network service include managing supply chain systems from remote farms or transferring data to optimize equipment maintenance in aerospace.

Today, I want to share the progress we have made to help customers address and solve these issues. Satellite connectivity addresses challenges of operating in remote locations.

Microsoft cloud services can be accessed with Azure ExpressRoute using satellite connectivity. With commercial satellite constellations becoming widely available, new solutions architectures offer improved and affordable performance to access Microsoft.

Infographic of High level architecture of ExpressRoute and satellite integration

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, with one of the largest networking ecosystems in the public Cloud now includes satellite connectivity partners bringing new options and coverage.

 8095 1SES will provide dedicated, private network connectivity from any vessel, airplane, enterprise, energy or government site in the world to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform via its unique multi-orbit satellite systems. As an ExpressRoute partner, SES will provide global reach and fibre-like high-performance to Azure customers via its complete portfolio of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) O3b constellation, global gateway network, and core terrestrial network infrastructure around the world.

 8095 2Intelsat’s customers are the global telecommunications service providers and multinational enterprises that rely on our services to power businesses and communities wherever their needs take them. Now they have a powerful new tool in their solutions toolkit. With the ability to rapidly expand the reach of cloud-based enterprises, accelerate customer adoption of cloud services, and deliver additional resiliency to existing cloud-connected networks, the benefits of cloud services are no longer limited to only a subset of users and geographies. Intelsat is excited to bring our global reach and reliability to this partnership with Microsoft, providing the connectivity that is essential to delivering on the expectations and promises of the cloud.

8095 3 Viasat, a provider of high-speed, high-quality satellite broadband solutions to businesses and commercial entities around the world, is introducing Direct Cloud Connect service to give customers expanded options for accessing enterprise-grade cloud services. Azure ExpressRoute will be the first cloud service offered to enable customers to optimize their network infrastructure and cloud investments through a secure, dedicated network connection to Azure’s intelligent cloud services.

Microsoft wants to help accelerate scenarios by optimizing the connectivity through Microsoft’s global network, one of the largest and most innovative in the world.

ExpressRoute for satellites directly connects our partners’ ground stations to our global network using a dedicated private link. But what does it more specifically mean to our customers?

  • Using satellite connectivity with ExpressRoute provides dedicated and highly available, private access directly to Azure and Azure Government clouds.
  • ExpressRoute provides predictable latency through well-connected ground stations, and, as always, maintains all traffic privately on our network – no traversing of the Internet.
  • Customers and partners can harness Microsoft’s global network to rapidly deliver data to where it’s needed or augment routing to best optimize for their specific need.
  • Satellite and a wide selection of service providers will enable rich solution portfolios for cloud and hybrid networking solutions centered around Azure networking services.
  • With some of the world’s leading broadband satellite providers as partners, customers can select the best solution based on their needs. Each of the partners brings different strengths, for example, choices between Geostationary (GEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and in the future Low Earth Orbit(LEO) satellites, geographical presence, pricing, technology differentiation, bandwidth, and others.
  • ExpressRoute over satellite creates new channels and reach for satellite broadband providers, through a growing base of enterprises, organizations and public sector customers.

With this addition to the ExpressRoute partner ecosystem, Azure customers in industries like aviation, oil and gas, government, peacekeeping, and remote manufacturing can deploy new use cases and projects that increase the value of their cloud investments and strategy.

As always, we are very interested in your feedback and suggestions as we continue to enhance our networking services, so I encourage you to share your experiences and suggestions with us.

You can follow these links to learn more about our partners Intelsat, SES, and Viasat, and learn more about Azure ExpressRoute from our website and our detailed documentation.

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,850 including shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

[​IMG]IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £800

[​IMG]IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2850 / £800
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
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Startup Arrcus aims NOS at Cisco, Juniper in the data center

Startup Arrcus has launched a highly scalable network operating system, or NOS, designed to compete with Cisco and Juniper Networks for the entire leaf-spine network in the data center.

Arrcus, based in San Jose, Calif., introduced its debut product, ArcOS, this week. Additionally, the startup announced $15 million in Series A funding from venture capital firms Clear Ventures and General Catalyst.

ArcOS, which has Debian Open Network Linux at its core, enters a crowded market of companies offering stand-alone network operating systems for switching and routing, as well as systems of integrated software and hardware. The latter is a strength of traditional networking companies, such as Cisco and Juniper.

While Arrcus has some catching up to do against its rivals, no company has taken a dominating share of the NOS-only market, said Shamus McGillicuddy, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), based in Boulder, Colo. The majority of vendors count customers in the tens or hundreds at most.

Many companies testing pure-open source operating systems today are likely candidates for commercial products. Vendors, however, must first prove the technology is reliable and fits the requirements of a corporate data center.

“Arrcus has a chance to capture a share of the data center operators that are still thinking about disaggregation,” McGillicuddy said. Disaggregation refers to the separation of the NOS from the underlying hardware.

ArcOS hardware support

Arrcus has built its own routing stack that is highly scalable, so it’s ideal for covering the entire leaf-and-spine network.
Shamus McGillicuddyanalyst, Enterprise Management Associates

Arrcus supports ArcOS on Broadcom chipsets and white box hardware from Celestica, Delta Electronics, Edgecore Networks and Quanta Computer. The approved chipsets are the StrataDNX Jericho+ and StrataXGS Trident 3, Trident 2 and Tomahawk. Architecturally, ArcOS can operate on other silicon and hardware, but the vendor does not support those configurations.

ArcOS is a mix of open source and proprietary software. The company, for example, uses its version of router protocols, including Border Gateway Protocol, Intermediate System to Intermediate System, Multiprotocol Label Switching and Open Shortest Path First.

“Arrcus has built its own routing stack that is highly scalable, so it’s ideal for covering the entire leaf-and-spine network,” McGillicuddy said. “The routing scalability also gives Arrcus the ability to do some sophisticated traffic engineering.”

The more sophisticated uses for ArcOS include internet peering for internet service providers and makers of content delivery networks, according to Devesh Garg, CEO at Arrcus. “We feel ArcOS can be used anywhere.”

ArcOS analytics

Arrcus is also providing analytics for monitoring and optimizing the performance and security of switching and routing, McGillicuddy said. The company has based its analytics on the control plane and data plane telemetry streamed from the NOS.

Because a lot of other NOS vendors lack analytics, “Arrcus is emerging with a more complete solution from an operational standpoint,” McGillicuddy said. According to EMA research, many enterprises want embedded analytics in their network infrastructure.

Today, a hardware-agnostic NOS is mostly used by the largest of financial institutions, cloud service providers, and internet and telecommunication companies, analysts said. Tackling networking through disaggregated hardware and software typically requires a level of IT sophistication not found in mainstream enterprises.

Nevertheless, companies find the concept attractive because of the promise of cheaper hardware, faster innovation and less dependence on a single vendor. As a result, the use of a stand-alone NOS is gaining some traction.

Last year, for example, Gartner included NOS makers in its Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking for the first time. Big Switch Networks and Cumulus Networks met the criteria for inclusion in the “visionaries” quadrant, along with VMware and Dell EMC.

A week for teamwork and Teams, as well as good-natured, gaming fun with ‘Exploding Kittens’ — Weekend Reading: Sept. 15 edition – The Official Microsoft Blog

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty…. Oh wait, sorry if we pulled you away from the highly addictive game “Exploding Kittens.” More on that in a moment. But first, a look at some of the people and news that made our week at Microsoft claw-dacious, er, audacious.

Five University of Washington students from a Data for Social Good team
Steve Barham, center, data scientist for the Seattle Department of Transportation and project lead for the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good project on traffic sensor data and vehicle cruising, with project fellows, from left, Orysya Stus, Anamol Pundle, Michael Vlah and Brett Bejcek. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

More than two dozen students from the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver used data science and analytics projects to tackle traffic, transportation and other metropolitan issues over the summer as fellows in Data Science for Social Good programs, done with support from the Microsoft-sponsored Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative. Some of the students’ work was shared this week in Seattle at the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference. Steve Barham, data scientist for the Seattle Department of Transportation and a project lead, says the students “collectively contributed expertise that the city does not have, for example, in applied math and working with big data.” Moreover, “We had fellows that ate machine learning and different coding languages for breakfast.”

GIF of guest access in Microsoft Teams

Guest access for Microsoft Teams, one of the most-requested features by customers of the chat-based workspace, became available this week to Office 365 commercial and education customers. Office 365 users can add people from outside their company to a team, so guests can participate in chats, join meetings, collaborate on documents and more. Guest access is built on the enterprise-grade, B2B collaboration features of Azure Active Directory (AD).

Dr. Olivier Elemento alongside with his Ph.D. students Neil Madhukar and Katie Gayvert, analyze medical network data.
Dr. Olivier Elemento, left, alongside his Ph.D. students Neil Madhukar and Katie Gayvert, analyze medical network data. Photo courtesy of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine.

Speaking of teams, we got to meet the team using Windows Mixed Reality for cancer research, including Alexandros Sigaras and Sophia Roshal, a duo who rapidly prototyped a Microsoft HoloLens application to achieve the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine’s “cancer moonshot,” a promise to empower better and faster cancer research, data collaboration and accessible care. It’s now in the Windows Store as Holo Graph, an app enabling researchers to bring their own network data into the real world to explore, manipulate and collaborate with other researchers in real time, whether they’re in the same room or on the other side of the planet.

Selina Motlieb, who visited Smart Works, smiles after trying on clothes
Selina Motlieb tries on work apparel at Smart Works.

In the U.K., a charity that helps vulnerable women find jobs – and their confidence – counts single parent Selina Motlieb as one of its many success stories. Motlieb was looking for work, but her lack of self-confidence held her back at crucial one-to-one meetings. One of her biggest concerns was the way she was dressed – “I didn’t feel I was wearing the right clothes,” she says. That changed with the help of Smart Works, a charity that helps thousands of women each year, providing them with coaching as well as suitable clothes for job interviews. Smart Works operates six sites across Britain. Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, Office and SharePoint play key roles in booking appointments for the women Smart Works helps, gathering feedback and giving those in charge an overview of the whole business so they can run a reliable and professional service that puts their clients first.

Azure confidential computing, a collection of features and services introduced Thursday, makes Microsoft Azure the first cloud to offer new data security capabilities. “Put simply, confidential computing offers a protection that, to date, has been missing from public clouds – encryption of data while in use,” writes Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure chief technology officer. “This means that data can be processed in the cloud with the assurance that it is always under customer control.”

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Control is very important for Tetra Pak, which supplies food processing and packaging solutions to manufacturers in more than 175 countries. The Swiss-based company is employing new digital tools that enable its cloud-connected machines to predict exactly when equipment needs maintenance, averting breakdowns. Sensors on more than 5,000 Tetra Pak filling machines at customers’ sites, all connected to Microsoft Azure, feed real-time performance data to the company for monitoring and analysis – nearly 700 million data points each year. As a result, maintenance can be scheduled precisely and efficiently.

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Last, but not least, we go to “Exploding Kittens,” the wildly popular tabletop and multiplayer game that is highly strategic and kitty-powered. The team behind “EK” is turning to Microsoft’s social bot, Zo, to offer the game’s first single-player version, for free. Fans can play one-on-one with Zo through Facebook Messenger (m.me/Zo), kik (kik.me/zo.ai) and GroupMe (contact: Zo). To play, start a conversation with Zo and ask if she’d like to play “Exploding Kittens” by texting “play EK.” Zo will reply with a link to play together.

Now, that’s the cat’s meow! Enjoy, rest up this weekend and we’ll see you back here next Friday!

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Tags: Bots, Cascadia Innovation Corridor, Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, Dynamics, Internet of things, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft HoloLens, Microsoft Teams, Office, SharePoint, Weekend Reading, Windows Mixed Reality, Zo