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Big data. Small data. All data. There is an ever-expanding volume of data inside enterprises and across the web. The potential is endless – from predicting election results to preventing the spread of epidemics. The trick is how to harness data to drive business advantages or in the case of government, improve transparency and services for citizens.
Tomorrow, April 15th, you can tune in online for live keynotes by CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark to learn more about how to transform data into insights and action. Hope you can join us at 10am PDT / 1pm EST tomorrow!
Spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is increasingly in demand throughout the world. As mobile broadband access is expanding and unprecedented numbers of smart devices come online, efficient use of wireless spectrum becomes increasingly important.
The Microsoft Spectrum Observatory was created to provide an intuitive presentation of wireless spectrum usage in locations around the world. Usage information is recorded through monitoring stations and is stored and processed for visualization through the Microsoft Azure cloud. The data is then easily accessible and freely available to the public.
This summer, Richard Pietro, a member of the Make Web Not War Community (MWNW), is hitting the road for a 90-day motorcycle trek across Canada to raise civic awareness and engagement through an Open Government Tour.
“Make Web Not War has always had the goal of building an open data super site for Canada because the challenge we have is there’s so much information out there, but there’s not one place where we can find everything we need to know in Canada,” says Keith Loo, a Strategy Lead for Microsoft’s Openness team in Canada, and the driving force behind Make Web Not War. “So the goal is to put everything in one place, and the Open Gov tour does that.”
Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad – shiny touch-friendly apps that you can download for Word, Excel and PowerPoint from the App Store. The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad.
Documents will look as good as they do on your PC or Mac, and better than ever on your iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad.
Yesterday, with the help of the Computer History Museum, Microsoft made the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public for the first time, helping future generations of technologists better understand the roots of personal computing.
For the tech savvy of the eighties, the images of floppy disks, MS-DOS command lines, and boxy PCs sparked nostalgia. “I remember you, MS-DOS. I remember your bleeps and bloops, the non-curves of your blocky typeface, your very smell,” said Venture Beat’s Jolie O’Dell. “And now, I can have you for my own.”