Microsoft Announced Redmond Campus Modernization Team

Microsoft Announced Redmond Campus Modernization Team of the consortium of architects and general contractors it has selected to work together to design and build almost 3 million square feet of new workspace on 72 acres of its campus. This is part of a multiyear campus modernization project announced in 2017, which will create new office space, public amenities and infrastructure.

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The team includes architecture firms LMN, NBBJ, WRNS Studio and ZGF Architects; general contractors Skanska, Balfour Beatty, GLY and Sellen; and lead landscape architect Berger Partnership with OLIN. Project management for the redevelopment was awarded to CBRE, JLL and OAC Services Inc.Construction of the new buildings is expected to commence later this year and be completed in 2022.
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Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition

Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition is initiated by M12, Microsoft Corp.’s venture fund, in collaboration with the EQT Ventures fund and SVB Financial Group, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 announced the Female Founders Competition, seeking to accelerate funding for top women-led startups focused on enterprise technology solutions. Two winners will share $4 million in venture funding, as well as access to technology resources, mentoring and more.

Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition

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Women entrepreneurs receive a disproportionately small amount of venture funding, with only 2.2 percent of the total invested in 2017 going to women-founded startups. Studies have shown that investing in companies founded by women delivers significantly higher returns than the market average. By shining a light on this highly talented, but underfunded group of entrepreneurs, M12 and its partners seek to not only fund innovative female entrepreneurs, but to spotlight the funding gap that exists and the benefits of more equitable distribution of capital.
“We formed M12 to make smart bets on innovative people and their ideas, and the Female Founders Competition is an extension of that mandate,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft. “This isn’t about checking a box; it’s an opportunity to remind the VC community that investing in women is more than just good values, it’s good business.”
“The EQT Ventures team is all about backing founders with the ambition, drive and vision to build a global success story,” said Alastair Mitchell, partner and investment advisor at EQT Ventures. “This competition reflects this and offers women entrepreneurs a great platform from which to launch their business, providing them with access to capital and mentorship. It also raises awareness of the funding gap between male and female founders, and the EQT Ventures team wants to play an active role in bridging that gap.”
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National FFA and Microsoft Collab For Students

National FFA and Microsoft Collab For Students on Thursday, July 26, 2018. This is to bring innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of more than 65,000 FFA student members nationwide through an initiative known as Blue 365.

National FFA and Microsoft Collab For Students

National FFANational FFA members are the future of the food industry, which is relying on this generation to meet unparalleled challenges to feed a growing world population. In a modern world where the food and agriculture industries are reliant on precision agriculture, big data, cloud technology, robotic systems, advanced communications and other sophisticated technologies, Blue 365 will serve as a catalyst for evolving sustainability, innovative efficiency and preparing the future leaders who will solve the world’s critical agricultural challenges. At an event in Fargo today, National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl and Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Mary Snapp were joined by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, USDA State Director Clare Carlson, and North Dakota State FFA President Brianna Maddock.
“Today’s FFA members are our future industry leaders,” Poeschl said. “The future relies on connecting diversity of innovational approach, solutions-orientation and cutting-edge technology. We are excited that Microsoft shares our vision of Blue 365. Through agricultural education and FFA, our members are evolving their skill sets for the 21st century demands; they will be the change in our industry. Blue 365 can be the spark needed to create the next big idea in agriculture.”
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NBC Olympics selects Microsoft Azure to provide live and on-demand streaming

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Microsoft Azure Providing Hosting and Encoding for Olympics Production

Microsoft Azure has been selected by NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, to provide cloud encoding and hosting with video workflows for NBC Olympics’ production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5–21.
Microsoft Azure will provide streaming service for NBCUniversal and NBCOlympics.com’s record 4,500 hours of online content, making it easier for viewers to find relevant content and recommendations on any device. Continue reading “NBC Olympics selects Microsoft Azure to provide live and on-demand streaming”

Visuality Systems and Microsoft Expand Server Message Block Partnership

Visuality Systems logoMicrosoft and Visuality Systems Expand Partnership to Serve Enterprise Market

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Visuality Systems Ltd. have announced the expansion of their Server Message Block (SMB) collaboration from the embedded world to the enterprise market. This broad partnership will mean enhanced business solutions to more products worldwide. Continue reading “Visuality Systems and Microsoft Expand Server Message Block Partnership”

Microsoft Announces April 21st as Quarterly Earnings Release Date

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2016 third-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Thursday, April 21, 2016, on the Microsoft Investor Relations website athttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/. A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. PDT.
Redmond-based Microsoft is striving to be 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. 

UW Bothell Students to Reveal Award-Winning Internet of Things Projects to Microsoft and the Community

Two University of Washington Bothell teams won grants to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications that could have local and global impact. The teams will present their projects to Microsoft and the community on Thursday April 14, from 4-6 p.m in Discovery Hall Room 464. 

The two interdisciplinary student teams received up to $25,000 each from a University-Microsoft partnership. The money covers hardware, sensors and platforms, and stipends for students during their research over this academic year.  Continue reading “UW Bothell Students to Reveal Award-Winning Internet of Things Projects to Microsoft and the Community”

Microsoft and R3 Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies by Global Banks

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft Corp. and the R3 Consortium today announced a strategic partnership that will accelerate the use of distributed ledger technologies, also known as blockchain, among R3 member banks and global financial markets. Distributed ledger technologies enable enterprises and business network participants to complete financial transactions with greater speed, security, cost-efficiency and transparency relative to solutions currently used. Continue reading “Microsoft and R3 Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies by Global Banks”

Microsoft and Rakuten Sign Patent Licensing Partnership Agreement

Rakuten logoMicrosoft Technology Licensing LLC and Rakuten Inc. recently signed a worldwide patent cross-licensing agreement covering each company’s respective consumer electronics products, including Linux and Android-based devices.
“Our agreement with Rakuten reinforces the opportunities that cross-licensing can bring to companies across the technology spectrum,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “We’re pleased to have found a mutually beneficial path of collaboration that will ultimately benefit consumers.” Continue reading “Microsoft and Rakuten Sign Patent Licensing Partnership Agreement”

Microsoft Announces Quarterly Dividend

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share. The dividend is payable June 9, 2016, to shareholders of record on May 19, 2016. The ex-dividend date will be May 17, 2016.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is a 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.