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Four TM Forum Catalysts that are accelerating innovation 

TM Forum’s Catalyst program is always fertile ground for innovation and collaboration across the telecommunications solution and service provider ecosystem. The telco team at Microsoft is participating in four of the latest Catalyst projects that address a diverse set of compelling topics: an enhanced developer experience, gamified customer journeys through a dynamic partner ecosystem and...Read more

How Cloudonomics can streamline your business support systems 

Cloudonomics? What’s that? Good question—In the telecommunications world, the most obvious definition comes from the savings obtained by moving network and IT stacks to the cloud. As for the numbers involved, it really depends on who you talk to. But one thing they have in common is scale. A figure of 80 percent CapEx saving...Read more

5G brings a new vision of the future for Media & Entertainment 

  1894 was an auspicious year in humankind’s quest to develop useful technologies. It was the year that a 20-year-old Italian, Guglielmo Marconi, demonstrated to his mom in their home in Bologna, Italy, how he could make a bell system ring across the room with the first working radio transmitter and receiver. In 1909, Marconi...Read more

Create fan connections and win with the Media and Communications Accelerator 

Media and entertainment organizations worldwide are planning for new digital offerings and the reopening of traditional channels and venues significantly impacted by social distancing and other restrictions.  With their characteristic sense of purpose, media and entertainment organizations are expanding and deepening consumer engagement to unlock value through personalized content and innovative digital experiences based on comprehensive data-driven insights on media interactions, consumption patterns, social sentiment, purchase history, and known interests.  The new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Media and Communications Accelerator...Read more

Microsoft, MediaKind, and others help film festival play on 

Over the last few months, perhaps no sector of the media and entertainment industry has been more impacted than traditional events and festivals held at theaters and other venues closed by social distancing requirements and other restrictions. One festival expected to be hit hard by this disruption was the annual Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF), held...Read more

Announcing the Microsoft Media and Entertainment Summit 

Today marks the launch of the Microsoft Media and Entertainment Summit, a virtual event with over 30 on-demand sessions hosted by industry experts in content creation and production, content delivery, collaboration and productivity, and audience insights. The Summit is free and available to everyone. All that’s required is a quick registration, and you’re in. The...Read more

Accelerating the digitization of telecommunications 

Despite lingering CSP hesitancy over cloud migration of corporate IT, OSS/BSS, and network applications, the telecommunications industry decision-makers surveyed and interviewed for a recent TM Forum report were able to provide more reasons for deploying workloads in public clouds than against. What’s more, those surveyed cited a number of specific benefits for deploying these workloads...Read more

Addressing the immediate priorities of telecommunications organizations 

As the world continues to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, our thoughts are with the people affected and the medical professionals working around the clock to help those most in need.  At Microsoft, we’re working to do our part by ensuring the safety of our employees, striving to protect the health and well-being of the...Read more

The state of Communications Service Providers and the cloud 

A recent report from TM Forum looked at Communications Service Providers’ (CSP) strategies to move corporate IT, OSS/BSS, and network applications to the cloud. Notably, and despite lingering CSP hesitancy over cloud migration of (in particular) operations software, those surveyed and interviewed for this report were able to cite more reasons for deploying workloads in...Read more

Highlights and insights from CES 2020 

CES is most often thought of as a showcase for mind-blowing devices, vehicles, and products that in this age of ever-shortening innovation cycles were mere fantasy just a short time ago. And in that regard, CES 2020 did not disappoint. For the media & entertainment leader, this year’s CES was likewise a showcase of transformational...Read more