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As we look ahead to 2016, we’re gearing up for our Microsoft top tier conference lineup. In order to deliver the highest quality, most tailored experience for our customers and partners, we’re continuing to focus each event on specific audiences:
- Convergence – for Business Leaders seeking to explore emerging trends, discover new solutions and realize the opportunity to achieve more.
- //Build – for Developers looking for the latest vision and direction from Microsoft.
- Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) – for Partners focusing on how they can drive business growth with us and our partner channel to deliver solutions to our mutual customers.
- Microsoft Ignite – for IT Professionals looking for what’s next in technology and skill building across Microsoft’s technologies.
Each of these events provides our communities the opportunity to learn, engage and network with peers as we share our vision, reveal new technologies and dive deep in smaller group sessions.
Over the years of running these events, we’ve continued to listen to your feedback and use it to refine our approach. To that end, we have made the decision to shift Microsoft Ignite from spring to fall. With this change our 2016 schedule will be:
- Build: Spring 2016 in San Francisco
- Convergence: April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans
- WPC: July 10-14, 2016 in Toronto
- Microsoft Ignite: September 26-30, 2016 in Atlanta
We’ll be relatively consistent with the timing of these events going forward so you can plan around them. Each year the exact dates will vary, while remaining within the similar time period.
Of course technology doesn’t wait a year so we offer a range of smaller targeted events as well around the world. For those of you interested in learning more about Windows, Office, Azure or any other IT, developer or business technologies join us at any of the following events:
You can also find local Microsoft events at www.microsoft.com/events.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Over the past three years, Microsoft has held a strong partnership with Real Madrid Foundation, in partnership with our corporate citizenship programs. Working with the Foundation to support its work globally, we donate software for Foundation employees, volunteers and eligible local partners who use the Office 365 Platform to boost productivity and increase effectiveness through better collaboration. The use of Yammer in the past year has created a community among these groups for sharing of experiences and knowledge. Empowered with this connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork, those working with the Foundation can be more efficient and effective.
It’s no understatement to say that soccer is a game of passion all over the world. In our four-year technology partnership with Real Madrid C.F., our headline is “Passion Powers Passion,” because we have a shared belief that passion can move the world, and sport can be more than just a game. For youth, especially in underserved communities worldwide, sport can be a tremendous outlet for social integration and economic empowerment.
Empowering youth through passion for sport is not a unique concept. Indeed, several national and global organizations such as Right to Play and Hoops4Hope have recognized that participation in sport can serve as a catalyst for social development as well as personal development both physically and emotionally. The International Olympic Committee has recognized sports’ ability to promote a more peaceful and prosperous society in different geographical, cultural and political contexts.
In parallel, exposure to technology and IT skills can enable access to a better future and a path to economic empowerment, particularly in our highly connected, mobile-first, cloud-first world. Coupled with the values, skills and leadership one learns from sport, technology and sport can be a powerful partnership to empower and bring about social change. As in a team sport, work for social good requires partnership and a deliberate pacing. Our ambitious goals cannot be achieved in one year or even five, but by taking a long term view, we can measure change not on one goal or one game, but over many seasons.
Supporting nonprofits has and will always be a cornerstone of our Microsoft company culture. The company and our employees collectively give thousands of hours, and donate more than $1 billion a year, to more than 86,000 nonprofits around the world. As in our latest campaign to kick off Windows 10 with $10 million dollars for charity, software donation and helping nonprofits find technology solutions enable a catalyst effect in supporting their work in local communities. To date, the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative has created opportunities for more than 227 million youth worldwide, including 124 million just last year.
Over 40,000 children at risk of social exclusion in several countries have participated in our project. These children are learning more than just skills, they are also learning through play that goals aren’t celebrated individually, and that a true win comes through great team work. We put together a short video, above, so you can witness the impact this work has had on the lives of youth.
At Microsoft and Real Madrid, we share in the belief of a future with greater possibilities for everyone, and we are committed to changing it through our shared values. Our passion is to empower people through passion for sport, and provide the tools that heighten their natural talents. In time, these well-paced efforts will inspire youth, who go on to take the lead in changing not only their lives, but also the lives of others around them, inspiring with passion real impact in their local and global communities.
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A clever attack by French researchers turns your headphone cable into an antenna to send surreptitious voice commands.
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