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Microsoft Announces Plan To Go Carbon Negative By Year 2030

On January 16, 2020, Microsoft announced its commitment to be carbon negative by 2030 and that it will remove all the carbon it has emitted either directly or via electricity consumption since it was founded in 1975 by 2050. Additionally, it will create a $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies. As a part of this goal, Microsoft will reduce its emissions by more than half by 2030 , extending across its entire business and supply chain

Microsoft also announced that it will:

– Work with customers and partners to help them track and reduce their own carbon footprints

– Use its voice to advocate for public policies that support a gloabal, low-carbon economy.

Microsoft’s AI for Earth Initiative

This announcemnet represents Microsoft’s expanded emphasis on and commitment to environmental sustainability.

It’s existing AI for Earth represents one piece of Microsoft’s overall sustainability efforts. The initiative encompasses a five-year, $50-million program that brings the full advantage of Microsoft technology to those working to solve global environmental challenges in the key focus areas of climate, agriculture, water and biodiversity conservation.

Microsoft Sustainability Calculator

Microsoft is empowering its customers and partners with new product features to track and reduce carbon. One of these new product features is the now-available Microsoft Sustainability Calculator. This tool is a new Power BI dashboard that shows emissions performance from cloud and Azure services. This enables customers to understand the carbon impacts of their cloud workloads, discover the potential benefits from fully migrating to Azure, and assists them in reporting their carbon footprint for IT services in the often hard-to-track Scope 3 category of emissions.

In this video you will see a demonstration of how the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator works to track carbon emissions for Microsoft customers. 

Microsoft Datacenters

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon in its business operations, the company is shifting to 100 percent renewable energy in its datacenters by 2025. 

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Microsoft Reveals New Surface Devices, Introduces New Category of Dual-Screen Devices Built for Mobile Productivity

NEW YORK — October 2, 2019 — Today, Microsoft announced its broadest Surface line up ever – with five new products coming this holiday and two new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo, coming in 2020.  

In a blog post, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life & Devices, Yusuf Mehdi stated, “When we started Surface, we had a vision to remove the conflict between the tablet and laptop. What started as an effort to create the two-in-one evolved into a full line of products that are more versatile, more adaptable, and more personal.  We know that to be your best, you need devices that adapt to you to help you accomplish your goals. These new products are about empowering you to be your most productive, and your most creative.”

Microsoft announced new additions to the Surface portfolio: Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro X, all available for pre-order today in select markets. Designed for comfort and rich sound with intuitive touch controls, Surface Earbuds are the perfect complement to your Surface. The company shared its vision to bring the productivity of Surface to even smaller and more mobile form factors with Surface Neo and Surface Duo, two new dual-screen devices, coming in 2020. Microsoft also announced a new edition to Windows 10, Windows 10X, and enhancements to Office 365. 

Surface Product Announcements: 

Surface Laptop 3 

The new Surface Laptop 3 balances power and elegance, making it the perfect everyday laptop. Now available in two sizes – 13” and 15” – Surface Laptop 3 is twice as fast with the same slim design and all-day battery life.  Updated with the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5” comes in new eye-catching colors, including Sandstone and Cobalt. Choose the warmth of the tone-on-tone Alcantara or the sleek, new machined aluminum all-metal finish.  We also introduced Surface Pro 3 15”, adding a larger screen and integrated graphics performance with the new AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor.  It’s the fastest, lightest 15” Laptop you can buy. Surface Laptop 3 offers a more comfortable typing experience with a full 1.33mm key travel, now with a 20% larger glass trackpad, both USB-A and USB-C and Fast Charging, taking your Surface device to an 80% charge about an hour.  Improved front-facing cameras, OmniSonic speakers and dual far-field Studio Mics deliver crystal clear sound and audio whether you’re on a conference call, listening to music or watching a movie. Surface Laptop 3 13” starts at $999 and Surface Laptop 15” starts at $1199. 

Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X

Surface Pro remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy – whether you choose Surface Pro 7 or the brand new ultra-mobile Surface Pro X.  Redesigned from the inside out, Surface Pro 7 is now twice as fast with a new 10th gen intel core processor, both USB-A and USB-C and all-day battery. While Surface Pro 7 keeps the iconic design customers love and business rely on, we wanted to keep pushing our Pro line forward with Surface Pro X. At 5.33mm and 1.68 pounds, Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful, and most connected Surface Pro ever.  The new Microsoft SQ1 processor co-designed with Qualcomm pushes 2 teraflops of graphics processing power, and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC. With 33% thinner bezels we’ve given you the feel of a vibrant 13” edge-to-edge touch screen in the chassis of a 12” device. The new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen, so it’s always ready when you need it. Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 and Surface Pro X starts at $999. 

Surface Earbuds and Accessories 

Featuring an ultra-comfortable and stable-fit, Surface Earbuds offer intuitive touch and voice controls for music, calls, and more. Experience rich, immersive Omnisonic sound, and instantly play Spotify from your Android phone with a triple tap on either earbud. Screen-free integration with Office 365 lets you access your Outlook calendar and email with your voice (in the US), and even get live, on-screen captions and translations in PowerPoint. Enjoy all-day battery life with the included wireless charging case. Surface Earbuds start at $249. 

We’re also announcing a range of accessories that will help customize the way you work – from type covers, pens and mice designed to work with our Surface products to a selection of accessories to help you be more productive from any PC. We built on decades of experience delivering workspace comfort with the new Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and Mouse, introduced the sleek, affordable Bluetooth® Keyboard and compact, colorful Bluetooth® Mouse, and are offering new colors for our popular Arc Mouse. 

Surface Neo 

Surface Neo is dual-screen device built for productivity on Windows 10X, an expression of Windows 10. A 360-degree full-friction hinge connects two 9” screens, enabling Surface Neo to adapt to whatever posture you need in the moment.  When you open it you have a full-size 13” display in the thinnest LCD in its class. It’s built for productivity and multi-tasking like a true PC would be – running full productivity apps, with a removable keyboard and compatibility with Surface Pen and Bluetooth mouse.

Surface Duo

Surface Duo is the first Surface to fit in your pocket. Surface Duo brings together the best of Microsoft productivity experiences, Android apps and Surface hardware design into a single device you can take anywhere. And, yes, it makes phone calls. It has two paper thin 5.6-inch screens that unfold to 8.3 inches and just like Surface Neo, it can be used in a variety of modes to let you work the way you’d like.

Windows 10X & Office 365 Enhancements: 

To support these new devices, Microsoft is introducing  Windows 10X – an expression of Windows 10 designed for a new category of dual screen PCs. With Surface Duo we are building upon Android to marry cutting edge hardware with familiar software and services.   We’re excited to work with developers and the industry to create the next wave of dual-screen computing and unlock a new era of mobile creativity.

Office announced several new features that take advantage of new capabilities in the Surface line up to make you more productive.  New Office enhancements include transcription in Word for the web, inking capabilities in Excel that leverage the new Surface Slim Pen and ultra-portability of the Surface Pro X, gesture support in PowerPoint for the new Surface Earbuds and ink and voice comments in Word that take advantage of all of it.

Xbox E3 Briefing: Breaking News and Announcements Official Xbox Briefing Footage from Microsoft

Xbox Showcases 60 Games for Xbox One and PC, Unveils What’s Next for Xbox Game Pass, and Offers a First Look at Project Scarlett, the Next Xbox Console

Plus, Keanu Reeves Surprises Fans with a Guest Appearance

LOS ANGELES, USA –  Highlights from the Xbox E3 Briefing held on June 9, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

From the thousands of Xbox games in development, Xbox showcased of the 60 most anticipated coming to Xbox One and PC.

Fans were treated to a preview of Gears 5, the biggest game of 2019.

Keanu Reeves surprised the crowd by showing up to promote his appearance in upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077.

Microsoft announced further expansion of Xbox Game Studios with the addition of Double Fine Productions, the maker of Brütal Legend and Broken Age. Double Fine Productions is currently working on the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.

Other games shown during the Briefing included:

Halo Infinite

Bleeding Edge

Forza Horizon 4: LEGO® Speed Champions Expansion

Minecraft Dungeons

The Outer Worlds

Battletoads

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Xbox revealed the future of gaming with Project Scarlett, a new console set to launch alongside Halo Infinite in 2020. Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett.

Xbox Game Pass is the leading games subscription service. At the briefing, Xbox unveiled Xbox Game Pass for PC which will offer PC gamers a curated library of more than 100 PC titles. Xbox launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which combines Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold in an all-in-one plan for gamers wanting the best value.

The Xbox Briefing included Xbox’s plans to enable people to play games wherever they want, using the cloud: Project xCloud, which empowers people to stream games everywhere they want to play; and console streaming, which will empower people to stream their entire Xbox One game library from their console while on the go, for free. Both will be available in preview starting in October.

Xbox unveiled the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the world’s most advanced controller, which features 30 new and improved features.

In less than 20 years, the number of gamers in the world has more than tripled. Over 2 billion people now play, and gaming is popular, in every region and on every continent.

Other: More details about Xbox One, Xbox One games and the latest Xbox news at the Xbox E3 Briefing can be found at https://news.xbox.com.

Press releases and media assets can be found at https://news.xbox.com/media

For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at https://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication but may have changed.

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Microsoft HoloLens 2 Revealed at MWC Barcelona

Barcelona, SPAIN — February 24, 2019 — Today, at MWC Barcelona, Microsoft HoloLens 2 was unveiled. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was joined by Alex Kipman and Julia White to not only reveal the new device, but also an array of other mixed reality announcements.

HoloLens 2

HoloLens 2 is the premier mixed reality device and is now more immersive, more comfortable and delivers more value right out of the box. With HoloLens 2, you’ll be able to interact with holograms in a more natural way, wear the device for hours on end because the comfortability has been greatly improved and take advantage of the broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries including healthcare and manufacturing.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Customers can pre-order HoloLens 2 starting today at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy.

In addition to HoloLens 2, Microsoft also announced:

Dynamics 365 Guides

Dynamics 365 Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models, and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

This application will help minimize downtime and increase efficiency for mission-critical equipment and processes and becomes the third Dynamics 365 application that will work on both the previous generation of HoloLens and the new HoloLens 2. Dynamics 365 Guides is available in preview starting today.

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Microsoft also announced two new Azure mixed reality services. These services are designed to help every developer and every business build cross-platform, contextual, and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications.

Azure Spatial Anchors enables businesses and developers to create mixed reality apps that map, designate, and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS, and Android devices. Developers can enable wayfinding across spaces to help their customers work and learn with greater speed and ease.

Azure Remote Rendering helps people experience 3D without compromise to fuel better, faster decisions. Today, to interact with high-quality 3D models on mobile devices and mixed reality headsets, you often need to “decimate,” or simplify, 3D models to run on target hardware. But in scenarios like design reviews and medical planning, every detail matters, and simplifying assets can result in a loss of important detail that is needed for key decisions. This service will render high-quality 3D content in the cloud and streaming it to edge devices, all in real time, with every detail intact.

Azure Spatial Anchors is in public preview as of today. Azure Remote Rendering is now in private preview in advance of its public preview.

Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program 

HoloLens is being used in a variety of challenging environments, from construction sites and operating rooms to the International Space Station. HoloLens has passed the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe and has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. With HoloLens 2, Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program to enable customers and partners to customize HoloLens 2 to fit their environmental needs.

The first to take advantage of the HoloLens Customization Program is the company’s long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, who last year announced Trimble Connect for HoloLens along with a new hard hat solution that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Today, they announced the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2, a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

Shows:

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Soundbites from CEO, Satya Nadella

Soundbites from Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman

On Stage demo from Microsoft Engineer, Julia Schwarz

Soundbites from Corporate Vice President, Julia White

Microsoft partners using HoloLens 2

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Canadian Duo Win Microsoft’s ‘Hackathon’ Competition with Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand

SEATTLE — July 25, 2018 — A team of students from Canada has won Microsoft’s annual student developer competition with their invention – a smart robotic prosthetic hand.

SmartARM developed a robotic prosthetic hand, using Microsoft Azure Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Cloud Storage, that uses a camera embedded in its palm to recognize objects and calculate the most appropriate grip for an object. Based on Machine Learning, the more the model is used the more accurate it becomes.

Team members, Hamayal Choudhry and Samin Khan, both 20, say their invention has the potential to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics for people who are missing or have lost a limb.

Hamayal is a second year Mechatronics Engineering Student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology while Samin is a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto.

They walk away with $100,000 in prizes and a mentoring session with Microsoft, CEO, Satya Nadella.

Microsoft’s Imagine World Cup Finals takes place over 3 days at Microsoft’s Washington HQ and is now in its 16th year.

Over 40 teams from around the world brought their biggest, boldest ideas to tackle humanity’s most pressing problems..

Shows: – Footage of the moment the winning team was announced

– Soundbites and demo from SmartARM Canada

– Soundbite from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

– Competition footage

– Soundbites from Charlotte Yarkoni, CVP of Microsoft Growth and Ecosystems

Other: 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.

Microsoft Xbox E3 2018 Briefing Footage

Microsoft Doubles its Game Development Studios and Showcases More Than 50 Games on E3 Stage Including 18 Console Launch Exclusives and 15 World Premieres

LOS ANGELES, USA – Xbox kicked off the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with the Xbox E3 Briefing on Sunday, June 10.

The 2018 Xbox E3 Briefing was the largest in Microsoft Corp.’s history with more than 6,000 people, including more than 1,000 fans, invited to attend in the Microsoft Theater. Microsoft announced it is doubling its game development studios and showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres. The diverse lineup included games for every type of player, from exclusives like “Forza Horizon 4,” “Halo Infinite” and “Gears 5,” and independent titles like “Session,” “Below,” “Ashen” and “Tunic” to some of the biggest blockbuster games coming in the next year like “Fallout 76,” “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2,” “Kingdom Hearts 3,” “Devil May Cry 5,” “Battlefield V,” “Metro Exodus” and “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” many enhanced to take advantage of the power of Xbox One X.

Microsoft announced it is adding five new creative teams to the Microsoft Studios family. New investments include the formation of a brand-new studio, The Initiative, the acquisition of Playground Games, and letters of intent to acquire Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games.

The addition of these creative teams reinforces Microsoft’s vision for gaming, which starts with a deep commitment to original content. The company is developing a portfolio of games on every device, including newly announced Microsoft Studios games. Revealed on stage were three new Gears of War titles — “Gears 5,” “Gears Tactics,” “Gears Pop!” — along with “Battletoads,” “Forza Horizon 4” and “Halo Infinite,” a Master Chief story and the next major release in the franchise built from the ground up on the new Slipspace engine.

Additional Broadcast-Quality Sound Bites on the Web: http://news.xbox.com/media

Shows:

Fans Get Ready for the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing

– Fans at the E3 Briefing  00:12

Xbox E3 Briefing

– Phil Spencer, Head of Gaming  00:38

– Rod Fergusson, Studio Head of The Coalition  02:04

– Ashley Speicher, Head of Engineering, Xbox Game Pass  02:58

Games and Experiences

– Forza Horizon 4  03:55

– Gears of War 5  04:17

– Ori and the Will of the Wisps  04:58

– Halo Infinite (Slipspace Engine Demonstration)  05:13

– Kingdom Hearts III  05:53

– Tunic  06:26

Other: None

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