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July, 2013

  • Power BI for Office 365 Brings Self-Service Business Intelligence to the Cloud

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Yesterday at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced Power BI for Office 365, a new self-service business intelligence (BI) solution delivered through Excel and Office 365, which provides businesses with data analysis and visualization capabilities to derive deeper insights from both their on-premises and cloud data.

    Business data continues to grow at an exponential rate and employees are trying to make sense of the flood of incoming information in a more simplified, intuitive manner. Power BI for Office 365 dramatically reduces the barriers for businesses of all sizes to use and deploy familiar, yet powerful, self-service BI tools.

  • Meeting the Open Data Mandate with Innovative Technology

    Posted by Parul Bhandari
    Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector

    Without a doubt, there is growing demand among citizens for access to public data. This burgeoning global movement, commonly referred to as Open Data, is forever changing the way government agencies deliver information, and the way citizens shape the policy decisions that impact their daily lives.

    When you think about it, Open Data is really an extension of the information revolution unfolding in front of our eyes every day. As consumers, we’re accustomed to instant access to practically every kind of information. We can read reviews of the latest blockbuster movie, connect with friends online, and even stay plugged into email and other work applications—all from our phone. Yet, for many of us, it can be frustratingly difficult to find even the most basic information on the Web about government services, let alone how public budgets are allocated, or whether school test scores are improving or declining in our neighborhood.

  • Bill Gates: Commercial and Free Software Work Very Well Together

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Bill Gates Faculty SummitToday more than 400 academic researchers from 29 countries gathered in Redmond, as part of Microsoft Research’s fourteenth annual Faculty Summit, to explore how advances in science and technology are solving real-world problems.

    Bill Gates set the tone for the summit in a conversation on the topic of “Innovation and Opportunity—the Contribution of Computing to Improving Our World,” focusing on how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is leveraging innovative technologies to improve lives in the areas of education and healthcare.

    Gates responded to a question about the potential conflicts he sees between commercial and open source software in his foundation’s work, and his thoughts on the role of intellectual property in global efforts, stating there isn’t as much conflict as people might assume.

  • OWA for iPhone and iPad Brings Office 365 Email Experience to iOS Users

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier this week, the Microsoft Office team took another step forward in bringing a great Office 365 email experience to users of iOS devices with the launch of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad.

    Available for download from the Apple App Store, subscribers to Office 365 with the latest version of Exchange Online can now have streamlined email, calendar, and contact access on their iPhones or iPads.

  • Connecting the Web across a World of Devices

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Earlier this month, the Internet Explorer team introduced the concept of Companion Web – a world where web experiences move seamlessly across the multiple screens around us, including our tablets, phones, computers, and televisions.

    Fueled by the staggering growth – 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated daily worldwide – demand is accelerating for integrated web experiences across devices, regardless of what device you use or even who makes it.

    This video illuminates the concept: