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postheadericon Steelcase and Microsoft announce development of technology-enabled spaces designed to boost creative work

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. and REDMOND, Wash. – March 6, 2017 – Steelcase and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces to explore the future of work, developing a range of technology- enabled spaces designed to help organizations foster creative thinking and better collaboration. These spaces seamlessly integrate the best of Microsoft Surface devices with Steelcase architecture and furniture. Today the companies unveiled five new “Creative Spaces” showcasing how Steelcase and Microsoft can help organizations unlock creativity for every employee.

Additionally, Steelcase and Microsoft announced:

  • That Microsoft is expanding its partner network into the world of design by bringing in select Steelcase dealers as authorized Surface Hub resellers.
  • Steelcase and Microsoft are working together to develop technology-enabled workplace solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology.

“The problems people face at work today are much more complex than they used to be. They require a new creative way of thinking and a very different work process,” says Sara Armbruster, vice president of strategy, research and new business innovation for Steelcase. “We believe that everyone has the capacity for creative thinking, and people are happier doing creative, productive work. Together, Microsoft and Steelcase will help organizations thoughtfully integrate place and technology to encourage creative behaviors at work.”

The Problem: Fostering Creativity as a Business Advantage

According to joint research conducted by Steelcase and Microsoft, creativity is seen as a critical job skill driven by organizations’ need for innovation and growth in addition to employees’ desire for meaningful work. However, today many organizations invest in technology and space as separate entities rather than approaching them holistically. The lack of cohesion creates sub-optimal conditions for fostering creativity at work.

The research released today (of 515 US and Canadian companies with 100+ employees)[i] reveals the pressure people feel about the shift toward more creative work:

  • Seventy-two percent of workers from diverse fields including Health Care, Retail, Education, Financial Services and Manufacturing believe their future success depends on their ability to be creative.
  • Seventy-six percent believe emerging technologies will change their jobs, requiring more creative skills as routine work becomes automated.
  • There is greater need to collaborate in business, yet only 25 percent of respondents feel they can be creative in the places they currently have available for group work.
  • The study also reveals the connection between creativity and privacy, as employees ranked having a place to work without disruption as the second highest factor that could improve creativity, just behind the need for more time to think.

Creative Spaces

The companies’ exploration of creative work found that creativity is a process in which anyone can engage and requires diverse work modes as well as different types of technology. People need to work alone, in pairs and in different size groups throughout a creative process, and they need a range of devices that are mobile and integrated into the physical workplace. Additionally, spaces should inspire people without compromising performance.

“Every Microsoft Surface device strives to enable the creator in each of us. Devices like Surface Studio and Surface Hub are fundamentally designed around how people naturally create, connect, and collaborate,” says Ryan Gavin, general manager, Microsoft Surface Marketing. “With Steelcase we have the compelling opportunity to blend place and technology into a seamless environment that allows our most important asset, our people, to unlock their creativity and share that with others. The future of work is creative.”

“Most employees are still working with outdated technology and in places that are rooted in the past, which makes it difficult for them to work in new, creative ways,” said Bob O’Donnell, president, founder and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research. “Creative Spaces were clearly designed to bridge the current gap between place and technology and to help creative work happen more naturally.”

Five initial Creative Spaces are on display now at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City. Spaces include:

Focus Studio: Individual creative work requires alone time to focus and get into flow, while also allowing quick shifts to two-person collaboration. This is a place to let ideas incubate before sharing them with a large group, perfect for focused work with Microsoft Surface Book or Surface Pro 4.

Duo Studio: Working in pairs is an essential behavior of creativity. This space enables two people to co-create shoulder-to-shoulder, while also supporting individual work with Microsoft Surface Studio. It includes a lounge area to invite others in for a quick creative review with Surface Hub or to put your feet up and get away without going away.

Ideation Hub: A high-tech destination that encourages active participation and equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates on Microsoft Surface Hub.

Maker Commons: Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are essential parts of creativity. This space is designed to encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration, ideal for a mix of Surface devices, such as Surface Hub and Surface Book.

Respite Room: Creative work requires many brain states, including the need to balance active group work with solitude and individual think time. This truly private room allows relaxed postures to support diffused attention.

“We are facing a time of unprecedented change at work. Through this partnership we will bring together space and technology to help workers and organizations solve the workplace challenges they face today and in the future and ultimately perform their best at work,” explains Armbruster.

Steelcase: Microsoft Surface Hub Reseller

Select Steelcase dealers are authorized to resell Microsoft Surface Hub as a part of the Microsoft partner network beginning today in the United States and Canada, and in later Summer 2017 additional dealers in Germany and the United Kingdom are expected to be added to the program. The companies will announce additional markets in the coming months. As the spaces roll out in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, the range of spaces will continue to expand and evolve.

Internet of Things

In the coming months, Steelcase expects to announce new technology-enabled office solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology, which will provide companies with analytics that help improve workplaces and solutions to help employees find the best places to do diverse types of work within the office.

For more information on Creative Spaces and the partnership between Microsoft and Steelcase, visit www.steelcase.com/creativity or www.microsoft.com/en-us/devices/business/steelcase.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Steelcase Inc.

For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations. We demonstrate this through our family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex® PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. The company is globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2016 revenue of $ 3.1 billion.

https://www.steelcase.com/press-releases/steelcase-microsoft-announce-development-technology-enabled-spaces-designed-boost-creative-work/ 


[i] Based on a Microsoft and Steelcase February 2017 study of 515 US and Canadian companies with 100+ employees.

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postheadericon Microsoft and Code.org announce free Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial for Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5–11

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 15, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. and Code.org on Tuesday unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for students and educators created for Hour of Code, an annual, global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 511. The new web-based tutorial available for free at http://code.org/minecraft — enables beginner coders to create and share their own simple “Minecraft” game, and is designed to empower anyone to begin learning the problem-solving and critical thinking skills required in today’s tech-fueled world.

mchoc2016Created by “Minecraft” game designers at Mojang and Microsoft, in partnership with Code.org, the fun and easy-to-learn one-hour experience builds on the success of last year’s record-breaking “Minecraft” tutorial, which reached more than 30 million students worldwide. With the goal of inspiring millions more to try coding for the first time — and to keep going on their journey of learning computer science — as of today’s launch, the tutorial is available in 10 languages, including Spanish. It is scheduled to be available in 50 languages by Dec. 5.

With the immense popularity of “Minecraft” around the world, Microsoft and Code.org believe the tutorial has the potential to reach people of all ages and likeness. Women and girls already compose nearly half of the game’s global fan base. The tutorial also underscores Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring all young people have the opportunity to learn computer science, an economic and social imperative in this era of digital transformation, which is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the U.S., 40 percent of schools do not teach computer science, and Microsoft aims to reach students most likely to be among those without access, particularly girls and minorities.

“We are partnering with Code.org again this year to make computer science more accessible to millions of youth around the world with ‘Minecraft’ and Hour of Code,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “I am inspired by the ‘Minecraft’ generation who view themselves not as players of a game, but as creators of the new worlds they dream up. This is the generation that will imagine, build and create our future, and together we can equip them with the computational thinking and problem-solving skills to seize the opportunities ahead.”

Designed for ages 6 and up, the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer teaches students to create their own “Minecraft” experience where they can program the rules. They can make chickens that drop gold, or zombies that run away instead of attacking. Along the way, students use Code.org’s familiar drag-and-drop coding interface to learn computer science concepts such as object-oriented programming, event handlers and repeat loops. Players face a series of 12 challenges, culminating in creating their own simple game, which they can share with friends.

bts-1080-copy-07-00_00_31_23-still001“The 2016 Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial builds on the success of the original in a great way,” said Mike Harvey, technology teacher from Falmouth, Maine. “By programming familiar game events themselves, learners will be able to experience computer science in a way that is authentic as well as fun. The open-ended challenges help to show that our favorite games (like ‘Minecraft’) are ultimately created with code.”

“Code.org was founded with the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science — not only because it’s foundational for any career, but because students love it,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO, Code.org. “‘Minecraft’ is a special game that appeals to a diverse global community. We’re delighted to have the chance to teach students coding with the fun familiarity of ‘Minecraft,’ to engage students of all backgrounds and skill levels.”

In support of Code.org and the global Hour of Code campaign, Microsoft will also lead thousands of youth coding events in more than 60 countries. During Computer Science Education Week, this includes hundreds of free workshops hosted by Microsoft Stores across the globe. Students can reserve a spot in a store workshop by visiting microsoft.com/youthsparkprograms and also visit their local Microsoft Store to learn more.

In addition to the latest tutorial and coding events, Microsoft has also been receiving rave reviews from educators on the newly launched “Minecraft: Education Edition” title, a fully featured title that brings the magic of “Minecraft” to the classroom for more immersive, long- term lesson plans.

About Code.org

Code.org® is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. Code.org is the organizer of the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged 10% of all K-12 students in the world, and the leading provider of curriculum for K-12 computer science in all of the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations, and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, Ballmer Family Giving, and others.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information about Code.org, visit https://www.Code.org.

For more information about Minecraft’s use in education, visit http://education.minecraft.net.

For more information about Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring access to computer science education for all youth, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/youthspark.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Ryussi Technologies and Microsoft announce new partnership in business and technology solutions

REDMOND, Wash., and PUNE, India — July 21, 2016 On Thursday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Ryussi Technologies Private Ltd. announced a new partnership in business and technology solutions covering Microsoft’s File Access Server Protocols for the enterprise data storage market. The agreement comes as Ryussi Technologies releases to the data storage market MoSMB V 1.0, an ANSI C implementation of the SMB 2/3 protocol on Linux, which contains customer interfaces to integrate into diverse storage stacks.

“Microsoft’s patent collaboration with Ryussi Technologies will offer enhanced interoperability between Windows and non-Windows computers worldwide,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This SMB file-sharing relationship provides consumers with even better business solutions across products around the globe, continuing Microsoft’s legacy of supporting innovation, mobility and productivity for businesses.”

“The MoSMB enterprise-class architecture supports high performance, high scalability and continuous availability to meet the present and future needs of NAS manufacturers,” said Sandeep Bhambani, CEO of Ryussi Technologies. “Our collaboration with Microsoft will allow manufacturers to leverage MoSMB to expand its NAS offering to include SMB with a dramatically decreased time to market and increased ‘first time right’ chance.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Ryussi

Founded in 2012 by Storage and Networking veterans, Ryussi Technologies specialises in Storage and Systems Software. Ryussi is focused on Product Development and Consulting and its clientele include Fortune 500 companies and several startups. Over the years, it has worked on several challenging problems in the areas of Storage, Virtualization, OpenStack, SDN and Big Data Analytics. More information about Ryussi is available at www.ryussi.com.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Microsoft and Olio Devices announce patent licensing agreement

REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 25, 2016 — On Monday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Olio Devices Inc. signed a patent licensing agreement covering wearable devices.

Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing, said, “Mutually beneficial and collaborative patent licensing agreements like this one promote innovation and lead to better products and experiences for consumers.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Olio Devices Inc.

Co-founded by Steven Jacobs, Evan Wilson, and AJ Cooper, Olio aims to empower the classic wristwatch with custom technology designed by Olio to help simplify and manage our everyday lives. The company combines high-end materials with proprietary hardware and software to create finely crafted connected timepieces for the busy modern lifestyle. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. To learn more visit: http://www.oliodevices.com or follow @oliodevices on Twitter.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure

London, U.K. – December 1, 2015 – Today at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover, HPE and Microsoft Corp. announced new innovation in Hybrid Cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new program offerings. The extended partnership appoints Microsoft Azure as a preferred public cloud partner for HPE customers while HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft’s hybrid cloud offerings.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to helping businesses transform to hybrid cloud environments in order to drive growth and value,” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Public cloud services, like those Azure provides, are an important aspect of a hybrid cloud strategy and Microsoft Azure blends perfectly with HPE solutions to deliver what our customers need most.”

The partnering companies will collaborate across engineering and services to integrate innovative compute platforms that help customers optimize their IT environment, leverage new consumption models and accelerate their business further, faster.

“Our mission to empower every organization on the planet is a driving force behind our broad partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that spans Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “We are now extending our longstanding partnership by blending the power of Azure with HPE’s leading infrastructure, support and services to make the cloud more accessible to enterprises around the globe.”

Product Integration and Collaboration HPE and Microsoft are introducing the first hyper-converged system with true hybrid cloud capabilities, the HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard. Bringing together industry leading HPE ProLiant technology and Microsoft Azure innovation, the jointly engineered solution brings Azure services to customers’ datacenters, empowering users to choose where and how they want to leverage the cloud. An Azure management portal enables business users to self-deploy Windows and Linux workloads, while ensuring IT has central oversight. Azure services provide reliable backup and disaster recovery, and with HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center, customers get an integrated management experience across all system components. HPE offers hardware and software support, installation and startup services to customers to speed deployment to just a matter of hours, lower risk and decrease total cost of ownership. The CS 250 is available to order today.

As part of the expanded partnership, HPE will enable Azure consumption and services on every HPE server, which allows customers to rapidly realize the benefits of hybrid cloud.

Extended Support and Services to Simplify Cloud

HPE and Microsoft will create HPE Azure Centers of Excellence in Palo Alto, Calif. and Houston, Texas, to ensure customers have a seamless hybrid cloud experience when leveraging Azure across HPE infrastructure, software and services. Through the work at these centers, both companies will invest in continuing advancements in Hybrid IT and Composable Infrastructure.

Because Azure is a preferred provider of public cloud for HPE customers, HPE also plans to certify an additional 5,000 Azure Cloud Architects through its Global Services Practice. This will extend its Enterprise Services offerings to bring customers an open, agile hybrid cloud with improved security that integrates with Azure.

Partner Program Collaboration

Microsoft will join the HPE Composable Infrastructure Partner Program to accelerate innovation for the next-generation infrastructure and advance the automation and integration of Microsoft System Center and HPE OneView orchestration tools with today’s infrastructure.

Likewise, HPE joined two Microsoft programs that help customers accelerate their hybrid cloud journey through end-to-end cloud, mobility, identity and productivity solutions. As a participant in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider program, HPE will sell Microsoft cloud solutions across Azure, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365.

For more details about the partnership between Microsoft and HPE, visit the Microsoft Server & Cloud blog or www.hpe.com/us/en/newsroom.html.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

Forward-Looking Statement

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postheadericon Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft deepen collaboration on Windows 10 offerings, announce Cloud Productivity and Mobility Solution Offerings

PALO ALTO, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 19, 2015 — Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the availability of their Cloud Productivity and Mobility Solution Offerings (CPM), which will create transformational consulting services and business applications for Windows 10. This expansion of their global partnership will help organizations worldwide better utilize cloud, mobile, digital and industry applications to dramatically improve business outcomes and improve customer satisfaction.

With CPM, HPE can now offer businesses a portfolio of tightly integrated services and solutions, designed to modernize enterprise workflows, drive digital transformation and accelerate innovation on top of Microsoft product offerings. The mixture of the Windows 10 platform, as well as the combined assets and capabilities of HPE and Microsoft, results in a deeper play into mobility delivering secured, seamless solutions to enterprise customers that are among the best in the industry.

Enterprises around the world will now be able to turn to HPE to take full advantage of the richest business line productivity applications and most comprehensive technical consulting services available. Specifically, CPM will provide the following:

  • Consulting services for Windows 10. The HPE consulting service will accelerate clients’ business process transformations with digital process design, application development and prototyping. The consulting services will pair HPE’s services with Microsoft platforms including Enterprise Mobility Suite, Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Office 365, Skype for Business and Windows 10 for the Enterprise.
  • New cloud and mobility consulting services. Extending HPE’s existing advisory and delivery capabilities through the Windows 10 ecosystem, HPE will use the Microsoft cloud and mobility platform to help organizations share information faster, increase engagement and collaboration, and optimize work. Transforming to fully digital business processes helps reduce cost and improve customer service.
  • Industry-specific vertical applications. HPE and Microsoft currently have joint healthcare, automotive and financial applications deployed in client organizations. This catalog of Windows 10-based enterprise applications and solutions will expand to include retail, energy and transportation industry applications. Using the advanced security capabilities of Windows 10 and the intuitive, familiar Windows user interface, HPE and Microsoft will empower enterprises to tackle critical business processes, transform the way work gets done, and provide a new level of customer service and experiences.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft share a common vision for how cloud, mobility and industry solutions can be applied to deliver breakthroughs for our clients,” said Mike Nefkens, executive vice president, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Our combined set of technology assets, expertise and global scalability is unmatched in the industry and gives us a significant advantage over the competition.”

“Our partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver Cloud Productivity and Mobility solutions will accelerate our customers’ transformation while enabling them to realize greater business value from Windows 10 and other Microsoft technologies,” said Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft. “Together, we are able to provide more of the innovative capabilities and industry-specific solutions our customers need to succeed.”

HPE and Microsoft have a proven track record in delivering technology solutions and consulting services to help clients in key industries achieve better business outcomes. For example, in the automotive industry, the two companies have worked together to deliver innovative solutions to help car manufacturers capitalize on the after-sale market.

Built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the HPE Automotive Aftersales CX Management Solution provides a 360-degree view of the end customer by extracting data from the connected vehicle to address the full customer-vehicle lifecycle and deliver personalized offers, such as infotainment, concierge, application downloads, recharging and fuel services.

“Digital customer interactions and experience will be the largest revenue growth driver for the automotive industry in the next 10 years,” said Li Mingqing, general manager, Information System Department, Nissan Infiniti China. “Infiniti is the fastest growing brand in the China luxury car market. Over the past six months, the HPE Automotive Sales and Aftersales CX Management solution has allowed us to reduce the lead follow-up duration from five days to one and a half days and increase the lead conversion rate by 300 percent. Nissan China Investment Co. improved customer satisfaction and sales volume as a win-win result.”

Windows 10 has been built from the ground up for the enterprise, offering simplified IT for continuous innovation and features that make it easy to manage in the modern workspace on the most secure Windows ever. Windows 10 helps protect companies against cyberattacks, delivers experiences users will love, and enables continuous innovation with the platform that keeps companies up to date with the latest technology.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Microsoft and CETC announce partnership to serve Chinese users in specialized fields

REDMOND, Wash., and BEIJING — Sept. 23, 2015 On Wednesday, China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership aimed at providing world-class operating system technology and services for Chinese users in specialized fields in government institutions and critical infrastructure state-owned enterprises.

CETC and Microsoft will partner to explore how to support the configuration, deployment and maintenance of localized Windows 10 in the computer systems of Chinese users in specialized fields.

As part of the cooperation, relevant CETC subsidiary companies will become members of the Microsoft Partner Network and sign a Microsoft Premier Support for Development agreement. These steps will provide training and certification to the relevant CETC subsidiary companies from Microsoft for the latest technology for Windows deployment, support and best practices.

CETC is preparing to start internal testing for its support of Windows 10 in the coming months. The companies intend this collaboration to grow over time so it can deepen service to these specialized fields.

About CETC

CETC, as one of China’s large-scale state-owned high-tech enterprise groups, has been leading China’s electronic information technology innovation over the past sixty years. CETC is devoted to providing information products, services and complete solutions of high competence to customers.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Fuji Xerox and Microsoft announce patent agreement

TOKYO and REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced on Thursday a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing agreement, today’s agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s substantial and valuable patent portfolios and accelerate research and development.

“Today’s agreement demonstrates the power of patent licensing to stimulate engagement and innovation,” said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president and executive director of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This expanded deal between our companies demonstrates that the opportunities for collaboration across our mutual technologies and intellectual property assets continue to grow. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Fuji Xerox in the years ahead.”

This agreement covers a broad range of products and services offered by Microsoft and Fuji Xerox, including digital imaging, document management and mobile consumer products. Microsoft and Fuji Xerox have a long history of working together to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers. Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.

“We are pleased to continue our mutually beneficial patent agreement that respects each company’s innovations and intellectual property, encourages greater interoperability, and provides valuable protections for consumers,” said Yasuaki Onishi, corporate vice president of Fuji Xerox.

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft Technology Licensing’s programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Fuji Xerox

Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution. Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form — thereby contributing to their valuable communications.

Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 45,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries. http://www.fujixerox.com/

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft announce strategic partnership centered on mobility and cloud services

BARCELONA, Mar. 4, 2015 – Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft Corp. announced a broad, strategic partnership to expand and market Microsoft Lumia smartphones and online services such as Office 365 and OneDrive across sales and marketing channels in all 12 European countries* that Deutsche Telekom is in presently.

Through this partnership, both Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft aim to expand the Microsoft ecosystem to new consumer and business customers, enabling people to do and achieve more. The agreement includes a joint international marketing campaign spanning advertising, sales support and training, custom application development, and experiential activities, tailored by market.

Initially focused on driving business and consumer demand for Microsoft Lumia smartphones and online services, the partnership is also designed to incorporate additional Microsoft products in the future. Deutsche Telekom will be a Windows 10 launch partner.

Niek Jan van Damme, Managing Director, Telekom Deutschland GmbH and member of the board of Deutsche Telekom, is convinced about the strategic value of this collaboration: “Our successful cooperation with Microsoft which we continue to develop for years now, strengthens the position of Deutsche Telekom as the leading provider for connected life. Together with Microsoft’s broad portfolio of devices, services and platforms, we reach customers who wish to switch their phone quickly and easily between professional and private use. Thus, we are able to provide a seamless user experience with benefits for both our private and our business customers.”

“Deutsche Telekom has been a Microsoft device partner since the beginning. Its trusted brand and network excellence in Germany and across key European markets will be a strong force to jointly deliver Microsoft devices and services to more consumers and businesses throughout Europe,” said Florian Seiche, vice president, Europe Region, Mobile Device Sales, Microsoft.

Deutsche Telekom will also offer Microsoft’s new Lumia 640 smartphone, announced in Barcelona on Monday. The Microsoft Lumia 640** will be included in the pan-European marketing campaign that is a pillar of this partnership.

* European countries include Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

** Device availability varies market to market.

About Microsoft

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About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.

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postheadericon Microsoft and Certiport announce 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

REDMOND, Wash., and SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 18, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Certiport Inc., a Pearson VUE business, on Monday announced the dates for the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, the most popular technology skills competition for Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. The popular Microsoft Office competition is the only one endorsed by Microsoft, providing a platform for students to showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Office tools and gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace.

The 2015 contest marks the introduction of Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 exams to the competition. Certiport will award higher scholarship prizes for 2013 exam competition tracks. In all, students will compete in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint tracks for Office 2010 and 2013.

“Our Office group is delighted to see the enthusiasm and dedication of the young competitors in the MOS World Championship,” said John Case, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office. “They can really put the Office suite through its paces, and those skills will serve them well in whatever career they eventually pursue.”

The championship, entering its 13th year, will see countries from around the world host local competitions to determine country and regional representatives based on exam scores and completion times. The deadline for all qualifying exams is June 15, 2015. Selected finalists will then compete in the 2015 MOS World Championship held in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 9–12, 2015.

“We expect continued growth in this high-stakes competition — last year we had nearly 750,000 exam entries, and more than 40 countries participated in the MOS World Championship,” said Bob Whelan, president and CEO for Pearson VUE. “The event is more than fun and prizes; Microsoft Office Specialist certification prepares students for future success in college and careers. In the end anyone who earns certification is a winner with a valuable credential on their resume to prove their skills.”

To participate, students ages 13 to 22 must submit a passing score on the MOS Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word 2010, Excel 2010 or PowerPoint 2010 exams and attend an approved, accredited learning institution. Regional participation and availability varies by country. Further details can be obtained by contacting a local Certiport Solution Provider or contacting Certiport at MOSchampionship@pearson.com. The Microsoft Office Specialist certification is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally.

This year the MOS World Championship welcomes deeper collaboration with Microsoft IT Academies (ITAs). Many participating students prepare for the competition using the curriculum and lesson planning materials offered through their school by the Microsoft ITA program. This program provides schools with flexible curriculum, customizable lesson plans and professional development opportunities for teachers.

“We’re really pleased to participate in the 2015 MOS World Championship and see the great things students do with Microsoft Office,” said Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences, which manages Microsoft ITA. “We think the benefits of the ITA program combined with a global competition raise the bar for students to have fun while learning the 21st century technology skills they need for success.”

Participants who outperform their peers to make the final round of the World Championship generally have perfect or near-perfect exam scores and completion times well below the allotted examination time. The top three winners in each category will receive scholarship prizes for $ 5,000, $ 2,500 and $ 1,000, respectively.

A video highlighting last year’s winners and their worldwide press coverage can be found here, and the 2015 MOS World Championship promo video can be found here.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC3 Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

About Microsoft

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“Certiport” and “IC3” are registered trademarks of Certiport Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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