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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Visits Kenya As Part Of Windows 10 Global Launch

As part of the global launch of Windows 10, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, visited Nanyuki, Kenya to meet with students, teachers, entrepreneurs and local businesses to learn how technology is empowering people and organizations.

He visited the Gakawa and Burguret Secondary Schools where he met students, and helped upgrade PCs to Windows 10. At Gakawa, he and the students connected with students at the Zilla Parishad School in India via Skype.

Satya also met with the team from the Mawingu Networks Solar Cyber Center to hear how this innovative Internet café, a converted shipping container, powered by TV white space Wi-Fi technology is creating new opportunities for the community and is a proving ground for the wider deployment of this technology across Africa.

Microsoft is paying tribute to the spirit of Windows 10 through the Upgrade Your World initiative, designed to celebrate those who inspire and empower others. Microsoft will partner with 10 global and 100 local non-profits on projects and initiatives to upgrade the world through a combination of technology, a $10 million donation and the development of campaigns to raise awareness.

Microsoft and its partners are inviting people around the world to nominate the 10th global non-profit. Get involved and share how you’re impacting your community using #UpgradeYourWorld.

Starting today, July 29th, Microsoft’s newest operating System, Windows 10, is available globally. The free upgrade* provides a fast and familiar experience that is more personal and productive, automatically up to date and packed with new innovations.

Through the Windows Insider Program, more than five million partners, customers and Windows fans provided feedback that continues to help deliver new features and experiences including in part:

Eligible customers who haven’t reserved their download will see a notification in the taskbar on their device, alerting them the upgrade is ready to be installed or details on getting the upgrade through the Windows Store.

*Limited time free upgrade offer for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and 8/8.1 devices. Hardware and software requirements apply; see http://www.windows.com/windows10upgrade for details.

Jul, 29, 2015

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Windows 10 Is Here!

Starting today, July 29th, Microsoft’s newest operating System, Windows 10, is available globally. The free upgrade* provides a fast and familiar experience that is more personal and productive, automatically up to date and packed with new innovations.

Through the Windows Insider Program, more than five million partners, customers and Windows fans provided feedback that continues to help deliver new features and experiences including in part:

– Cortana, the personal digital assistant that makes searching and finding the right information easy.

– Microsoft Edge, the all-new browser that’s more personal, responsive and productive across all Windows 10 devices.

– An integrated Xbox app, which means consumers get Xbox titles, game streaming across devices, and the best of Xbox Live.

– The return of the fast and familiar Start Menu, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most.

Microsoft is paying tribute to the spirit of Windows 10 through the Upgrade Your World initiative, designed to celebrate those who inspire and empower others. Microsoft will partner with 10 global and 100 local non-profits on projects and initiatives to upgrade the world through a combination of technology, a $10 million donation and the development of campaigns to raise awareness.

Microsoft and its partners are inviting people around the world to nominate the 10th global non-profit. Get involved and share how you’re impacting your community using #UpgradeYourWorld.

Eligible customers who haven’t reserved their download will see a notification in the taskbar on their device, alerting them the upgrade is ready to be installed or details on getting the upgrade through the Windows Store.

*Limited time free upgrade offer for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and 8/8.1 devices. Hardware and software requirements apply; see http://www.windows.com/windows10upgrade for details.

Jul, 29, 2015

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World’s Whale Watching Capital Commemorates Whales Lost Through Hunting

Hundreds of people have taken to the water on their boards at Queensland’s Hervey Bay for a minute’s silence to remember whales lost due to hunting.

While research shows humpback whale numbers are growing in Australia, the people of Hervey Bay remain passionate about protecting the animals and want to send a clear message they don’t support whaling through the Paddle Out for Whales event.

“So from 2010 we’ve celebrated the whales returning to Hervey Bay with the Paddle Out it’s become a real conservation day cause we also remember that whales are still being hunted in this day and age,” says Vicki Neville Hervey Bay whale conservation pioneer.

Another passionate whale conservationist is Dr Wally Franklin a whale researcher from the Oceania Project who along with his wife Dr Trish Franklin, has studied the humpbacks of Hervey Bay for more than 20 years.

Dr Franklin says there’s no place in the world like Hervey Bay for watching humpbacks, “there’s a fundamental reason Hervey Bay in Queensland is one of the best whale watching areas in the world. When the humpback whales come in to Hervey Bay they actually pause in their migration and spend on average two weeks in the bay. While they’re there doing all these social behaviours important to them it’s very entertaining to us.”

His work has found the numbers of east coast humpbacks is growing by 14%, twice the rate of an average recovering population. It’s a figure that stunned whale experts who study other colonies around the world.

“The recovery has gone from 150 whales that survived whaling in the early 1960’s to in the last 40 to 50 years they’ve recovered to 23,000 but we can’t rest on our laurels because they’re only halfway to where they were,” says Dr Franklin.

Dr Franklin and his wife discovered 34% of Australian east coast humpbacks visit Hervey Bay annually, which equates to almost 8000 whales calling in to the area.

The Oceania Project research has found the calm shallow waters of the bay are playing a pivotal role in the increase in humpback numbers. Hervey Bay is effectively a giant whale kindergarten where mothers teach their calves the life skills they need to survive that first long journey to Antarctica.

“They spend about 70% of their time alone with their calf involved in feeding nurturing and resting. The training activity is spectacular and important part of whale watching in the bay,” says Dr Franklin.

And it’s that training and socialisation which results in some of the most breathtaking surface whale watching opportunities in the world.

Unlike many whale-watching experiences, at Hervey Bay, pods will freely interact with tour vessels, with the same adult females spotted annually with their calves.

“The bay, the location, the opportunity for the social interaction is crucial to the survival of the whales and their recovery. On the other hand the classes of whales and variety of behaviours is also what makes Hervey Bay’s surface whale watching opportunities globally unique,” says Dr Franklin

In the Paddle Out for Whales ceremony, board riders observed a minute’s silence and threw flowers in to the water. Those without boards lined the shore taking part in the event. From children on inflatable whales, to board riders with their dogs on the water, the moving ceremony attracted whale lovers from all walks of life including Michelle Fisher a local Marine Science Teacher.

“We think it very important to learn about the significance of the whales and how they do populate the area and all the science behind it and all the history and encourage those young generations coming up in our local area to understand the importance of those whales in the area,” says Michelle.

For whale conservationists like Dr Franklin it’s a special day “The Paddle Out for Whales is one of the focal celebrations for the return of these whales and a reminder that we need to keep looking after these whales. They’re a treasure and they do need to be cared for and protected and Hervey Bay and Queensland are doing that.”

For more information:
Hannah Statham, Tourism and Events Queensland
E: hannah.statham@queensland.com
T: +61 (0)7 3535 5622, M: +61 (0)411 085 226

Jul, 27, 2015

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Microsoft Announced Its Plans To Launch Windows 10 On July 29

Redmond, Washington, USA. Today, Microsoft announced its plans to launch Windows 10 on July 29 with a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world, global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations and a new global advertising campaign. Available for the first time as a free upgrade, Windows 10 delivers a fast and familiar experience that is more secure and always up-to-date. Featuring new innovations like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Xbox integration, Windows 10 is the best Windows ever.

“Windows 10 was built to enable a more human way to do. We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of Windows 10 with our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices Marketing at Microsoft. “We’ll mark the launch of Windows 10 by celebrating the people and organizations who upgrade the world every day – and by helping them do more in their communities.”

Upgrade Your World is an initiative in which Microsoft will partner with 10 global and 100 local non-profits on projects and initiatives to upgrade the world, through a combination of technology, a $10 million donation and the development of campaigns to raise awareness. Participating global nonprofits include:

CARE

Code.org

The Global Poverty Project

Keep a Child Alive

Pencils of Promise

Save the Children

Special Olympics

Malala Fund

The Nature Conservancy

Beginning July 29, Microsoft and its partners will invite people around the world to nominate a 10th global non-profit to participate.

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

For more information, Press only:
Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com

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://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

*Free upgrade available for qualified devices. See windows.com/windows10upgrade.

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New Innovations & Partner Opportunities at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Microsoft Announces New Innovations and Partner Opportunities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference

The following post is from Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft.

At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. We also discussed investments the company is making in programs for our hundreds of thousands of global channel partners at the center of business transformation taking place in the industry. These innovations and investments will help Microsoft and our partners achieve our new mission together on a global scale, making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet.

Project GigJam: reinventing productivity and business processes

As part of the company’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project GigJam, an unprecedented new way for people to accomplish their business tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people. GigJam empowers business workers to summon information from their line of business and SaaS apps, spontaneously divvy up the specific information and actions needed to get work done, keep track of each part, and bring it all to closure immediately. Visit www.gigjam.com to learn more and register for the upcoming preview.

Cortana Analytics Suite: building the intelligent cloud
We also announced the Cortana Analytics Suite, a fully managed and comprehensive set of services to help businesses transform data into intelligent action. The growing adoption of machine learning, big data combined with the power of unlimited storage and compute in the cloud presents a unique opportunity for organizations to anticipate what will happen and to automate business outcomes. Cortana Analytics Suite brings together leading technology infrastructure including machine learning, big data storage and processing with perceptual intelligence such as vision, face and speech analysis, extending predictive and prescriptive capabilities to businesses for a range of industry scenarios. Cortana Analytics Suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant. Cortana works with the Cortana Analytics Suite to enable businesses to get things done in more helpful, proactive, and natural ways. Availability will be this fall through a simple monthly subscription. For more from one of our customers, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Systems, check out the Business Matters blog.

Microsoft HoloLens: enabling more personal computing
The third area of innovation we showcased was around commercial momentum in response to HoloLens – the world’s first fully untethered holographic computing device powered by Windows 10. On-stage at WPC today, Satya showed how one of our partners, Autodesk, will use HoloLens to fundamentally change how design professionals and create, communicate, visualize and work. HoloLens is already making an impact across a number of industries, examples include the work we are doing to help architecture and construction industry professionals through Trimble, working on Mars exploration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and helping Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic transform teaching for the future. This is just the beginning of what holographic computing can help customers do more and achieve more.

Creating new partner opportunities across cloud and mobility
We know that many of our partners are investing in transitioning their businesses to the cloud, in part to take advantage of the types of cloud-based innovations as mentioned above. So, we’re making several partner investments to make their transition more seamless.

We are expanding the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to help partners continue to build and grow profitable cloud services businesses using Microsoft Cloud. Beginning today, Microsoft will expand CSP to additional markets, bringing the total number of markets in which CSP is available to 131. Additionally, Azure and CRM Online will join Office 365, Windows Intune and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as available services in the CSP.

In addition, as a result of the overwhelming interest from partners and positive feedback we’ve received from customers over the past two years, we are delivering on our promise grow the opportunity for more partners to sell Surface – taking the number of resellers from a few hundred to a few thousand globally in the coming months. Surface is an integral part of our Windows strategy, and the expansion of this program coinciding with the upcoming launch of Windows 10 creates exciting opportunities for partners. We’re also investing in helping partners unlock customer mobility opportunities with new competencies for Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) that will enable them to differentiate their expertise and grow their business.

Today we’ll share that we are introducing a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite called E5 before the end of this year. E5 will encompass the core value of Office 365 productivity and collaboration capabilities, as well as significant new innovations, including newSkype for Business services such as Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; Power BI & analytics features, like Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, and Advanced Threat Protection. The E5 suite will provide a significant new opportunity for partners to build new service offerings around real-time communication and analytics, and to reach new customers with important new security features.

Microsoft’s partners have always been and will always be a driving force in business transformation, and our collective innovation has never been stronger for our mutual customers. That’s because they’re depending on us. In this mobile-first, cloud-first world, those businesses that embrace technology to reinvent themselves and their industries will thrive, and those who embrace status quo risk extinction. Its Microsoft’s hundreds of thousands of global partners that will bring about this transformation, help our mutual customers through this change and forge the next industrial revolution. So, I’m thrilled to come together this week at the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about how we can collectively help businesses through the business transformation needed to be successful.

For more details on these and other investments we’re making in ensuring our partners can meet customer demands in this new world of business, visit our WPC News Center or check out my blog on the MPN site.

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