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5 elements of mobility that will drive digital transformation 

Mobility and transit are not only changing how people move around, they are key components of a changing urban landscape. Development of automated vehicles continued over the past year; electric vehicles are helping to tackle climate change; and a wealth of public and private mobility developments in cities have given residents more travel options than ever. Transit is also high on the public sector priority list, with the European Union, for example, pledging billions...Read more

NRF Retail Converge: Microsoft and the vital role of partners 

Every single day for me is a partner day. While most Microsoft employees wake up eager to serve our customers, myself and Microsoft partner managers aim to drive success with partners that lead to their growth and of course, our customers’ growth. An amazing partner story will be headlined inside of Shelley Bransten’s Big Ideas...Read more

Explore the new wave of cloud innovation at NRF Retail Converge 

It is hard to believe summer is already here and I’m preparing for my BIG Ideas session at the upcoming virtual NRF Retail Converge event. Honestly, I can’t wait to talk more about ‘retail’s new clock speed’ and how we’re helping retailers unlock a new wave of cloud innovation. Although retail leaders continue to refine...Read more

Critical digital infrastructure for financial services 

Over a year into the pandemic one thing is certain, as Satya Nadella said in our third-quarter earnings call, “Digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning.” This is especially true in the financial services industry, which unlike in 2008, not only weathered the external economic shock of the pandemic...Read more

Empowering governments to support skills and talent development 

Over the next five years, more than 149 million tech jobs are expected to emerge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. Because of this, supporting global economic development lies in empowering workers with the skills they need to be successful and thrive in this digital economy. Earlier this...Read more

Build differentiated SaaS apps with Microsoft Industry Clouds 

The past year has brought dramatic change to almost every facet of our lives. We have seen the same disruption play out across every industry, from retail to healthcare to financial services. Customer expectations are fundamentally altered, and it’s hard to imagine things going back to the way they once were. As organizations work to...Read more

Microsoft’s Cloud Supply Chain blockchain initiative receives top award from Gartner for Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year 

Microsoft’s cloud supply chain is on a journey to digitize and financialize core inventory assets and achieve unique item traceability. To advance on this path, we’ve developed innovative blockchain solutions to drive down supply chain costs, increase visibility, and lay the foundation for mine-to-datacenter traceability. We are announcing that Microsoft’s cloud supply chain received one...Read more

3 ways Microsoft accelerates R&D for semiconductor manufacturers 

The first quarter of 2021 has seen an unprecedented supply crunch for semiconductors. These tiny electronic workhorses – invaluable in everything from computers and cars to cash registers and kitchen appliances – have become almost impossible for some industry sectors to find. Wait times after an order is placed have soared to 15 and even...Read more

AI and machine learning can implement positive change for the broader health ecosystem 

When communities have access to better data, they can make better decisions. However, progress has not been equal across the globe, and there is a great need to focus on societal issues such as reducing health inequity and improving access to care for underserved populations. While researchers work to unlock lifesaving discoveries and develop new...Read more

The future of “smart” cities starts with people, not technology 

I love cities. I’ve been fortunate to live, learn, and work in some of the best in the world. Cities are hubs of cutting-edge technology and human productivity. But they also have rich histories, beautiful architecture, and complex cultures. Cities are places where the old constantly meets the new. For me, the creative energy that...Read more