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11.14.2013 - Cities and local governments take on big challenges



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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 14, 2013 — In the midst of rapid technology advances, cities and local government organizations, ever challenged to deliver more services with fewer resources, are emerging as the drivers of the national and global economy. Thursday at the National League of Cities Congress of Cities event, Microsoft Corp. highlighted the work of a number of cities that are on the leading edge of transformation in core areas of citizen safety and security, the life of the mobile government worker, and intelligent building and infrastructure systems. This is all part of Microsoft’s CityNext project, a global, people-first initiative to enable governments, businesses and citizens to create more sustainable, prosperous and economically competitive cities.

“As cities take on a leading role in driving economic expansion and facilitating job creation and civic engagement, technology can facilitate their role in this expanded mission,” said Michael Donlan, vice president, U.S. State and Local Government, Microsoft. “It is inspiring to showcase what cities are doing to harness the power of technology to accelerate change, innovate, and better serve citizens and advance issues of social and economic development.”

Safer cities and communities

Law enforcement departments, like all government agencies, are being tasked to do more with less while also facing new threats to citizen safety. With the power of technology, smart departments are deploying technology such as big data and the cloud to improve the safety of its cities by increasing operational effectiveness and efficiency. These solutions provide first-responder agencies with the real-time communications, visualization and data management tools they need to receive and analyze inbound, incident-based information and make vital decisions based on shared information. All of this makes citizens safer in the long run.

• The Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System is represented by several separate departments, all running disparate case management systems that required redundant data entry, making it difficult to share information among departments. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, representing 67 counties, implemented a Unified Case Management application built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM to provide a common platform and enable information exchange among several departments in the Criminal Justice System. This will provide streamlined, up-to-the-minute data, resulting in better insight, more efficiency and, ultimately, improved public safety. Now case workers, probation officers and jail guards have access to the same information at their fingertips, eliminating the need to call the probation office or search files for individual warrants, helping ensure the safety of officers and citizens.

• The New York City Police Department and Microsoft developed the Domain Awareness System (DAS) by merging Microsoft’s technical expertise with NYPD officers’ day-to-day experiences. It’s a sophisticated law enforcement technology solution that aggregates and analyzes public safety data in real time, providing NYPD investigators and analysts with a comprehensive view of potential threats and criminal activity. The result is a solution that is uniquely tailored for the Big Apple, but which has broad applicability for other cities around the world.

Moving to the cloud has frequently been a unique challenge for law enforcement because of unique security requirements. However, California is helping its law enforcement personnel make this transition. The state of California, the California Department of Justice and Microsoft jointly signed an agreement recently that confirms Microsoft Office 365 has implemented technologies and processes that will enable California agencies to use the cloud productivity, communication and collaboration solution and still comply with the latest FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy requirements (CJIS Security Policy version 5.2). California cities such as San Jose, Oakland and San Diego, as they move to Office 365, are the beneficiaries of this progress.

Mobile city worker

To keep an engaged and mobile workforce, cities are also modernizing and upgrading to allow on-the-go responsiveness, productivity and flexibility among staff. City employees are becoming more mobile and need the ability to work from anywhere across multiple devices in real time. Windows 8 devices that are connected to the cloud allow these employees to work from anywhere, removing the time-consuming task of taking notes in the field and heading back to the office to decipher and input those notes into the agency database. This improved efficiency and mobility for city employees benefits citizens also, with the potential for faster, more responsive citizen engagement, while creating more time to focus on addressing the needs and managing the cases that matter most to citizens. Here are a few recent examples of how cities are leveraging mobile advances:

• The City of Philadelphia just this week concluded a successful pilot that resulted in improved communication and efficiency with field building inspectors and in-office managers through the use of Microsoft Surface Pro devices with an Office 365 cloud solution. This solution allows field inspectors to conduct more inspections weekly, eliminate paper, and more efficiently route and reschedule resources.

• Fairfax County, Va., is currently in the process of deploying 400 seats of Windows To Go, a version of Windows 8.1 that enables workers to plug a USB stick into any computer and have their desktop with them. “With Windows To Go, I can hand my mobile workers a USB stick and a headset, and that becomes their workstation,” said Jeff Potter, IT infrastructure director, Fairfax County.

• The City of Charlotte, N.C., deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to meet its demands for an event permitting solution while hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2012. This allowed Charlotte to streamline manual and time-consuming application processes with a cloud-based solution that has a familiar user interface and interoperates well with Windows devices and a citizen-facing portal running on Windows Azure. This nimble solution also scales to other uses, long past the end of the convention, where keeping employees connected to functions such as permit payment processing and code enforcement is critical, whether in the office or in the field.

Infrastructure and smart buildings

Transforming government efficiency starts from the ground up and in many cases can involve the development of intelligent infrastructure and building systems. Many cities have the potential to build a smart infrastructure and smart buildings that are full of sensors collecting enormous amounts of data every moment, but many of these systems are unable to communicate with each other and the data has not been analyzed in a way that enables timely action. With Microsoft solutions, technology can bring together disparate systems and help them communicate with each other to drive efficiencies, detect problems and fix problems automatically.

• Microsoft’s own data-driven software solution helped it develop the city of the future and is saving the company millions of dollars every year. When Microsoft first looked into managing its buildings smartly, the cost was estimated to be upward of $60 million to replace old and varying hardware. That wasn’t a realistic option, so the team developed software that helped the disparate systems talk to each other. Now, software collects 500 million data transactions every 24 hours and presents engineers with prioritized lists of misbehaving equipment, and algorithms can balance out the cost of a fix in terms of money and energy being wasted with other factors such as how much impact fixing it will have on employees who work in that building.

• The City of Seattle has joined with Microsoft, Accenture, Seattle 2030 District and Seattle City Light to implement smart software similar to Microsoft’s. It is designed to increase energy efficiency in large commercial buildings across Seattle’s downtown corridor for an initial set of buildings totaling approximately 2 million square feet. The goal is to reduce downtown energy use by 25 percent, with the intention to expand the pilot over the next year. The cloud solution will collect data from the myriad systems already installed in those buildings and use data analytics to provide a prescriptive approach to how the building management systems can be tuned to improve energy efficiency. This program looks to reduce energy usage, improve customer service for Seattle City Light customers and open new areas of economic opportunity in energy conservation.

These new IT solutions promise to change the way buildings are operated and managed, yielding new efficiencies for both building owners and utilities. In addition, smart building solutions can be delivered with no physical retrofit of existing systems or infrastructure, and they can yield a rapid return on investment.

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

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.

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11.14.2013 - Microsoft unveils state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center



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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 14, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the opening of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime. The Cybercrime Center combines Microsoft’s legal and technical expertise as well as cutting-edge tools and technology with cross-industry expertise, marking a new era in effectively fighting crime on the Internet.

Each year, cybercrime takes a personal and financial toll on millions of consumers around the globe. The Cybercrime Center will tackle online crimes, including those associated with malware, botnets, intellectual property theft and technology-facilitated child exploitation. The work done at the Cybercrime Center will help ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence.

“The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online,” said David Finn, associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. “By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone.”

The Cybercrime Center is located on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash. The secured facility houses groundbreaking Microsoft technologies that allow the team to visualize and identify global cyberthreats developing in real time, including SitePrint, which allows the mapping of online organized crime networks; PhotoDNA, a leading anti-child-pornography technology; cyberforensics, a new investigative capability that detects global cybercrime, including online fraud and identity theft; and cyberthreat intelligence from Microsoft’s botnet takedown operations.

The Cybercrime Center includes a separate and secure location for third-party partners, allowing cybersecurity experts from around the world to work in the facility with Microsoft’s experts for an indefinite period of time. The dedicated space enriches partnerships across industry, academia, law enforcement and customers — critical partners in the fight against cybercrime. With nearly 100 attorneys, investigators, technical experts and forensic analysts based around the world, the Microsoft Cybercrime Center is well positioned to make it safer for people online worldwide.

“In the fight against cybercrime the public sector significantly benefits from private sector expertise, such as provided by Microsoft,” said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation. “The security community needs to build on its coordinated responses to keep pace with today’s cybercriminals. The Microsoft Cybercrime Center will be an important hub in accomplishing that task more effectively and proactively.”

More information about the Cybercrime Center can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/news/presskits/dcu. Customers are encouraged to visit http://www.microsoft.com/security to learn about malware and help ensure their computers are not infected; if malware is present, the site offers tools to help remove the infection. All computer users should exercise safe practices, such as running up-to-date and legitimate computer software, firewall, and antivirus or antimalware protection technologies. People should also exercise caution when surfing the Web and clicking on ads or email attachments that may prove to be malicious.

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

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.

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11.13.2013 - Steve Ballmer email on new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum



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From: Steve Ballmer
Date: Nov. 13, 2013
Subject: New Roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum

Today, I’m excited to announce new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric will take on a newly created role as Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy, and Harry will take on Eric’s current responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both Eric and Harry will report to me and both changes take effect in mid-December.

Eric has led our Advanced Strategy & Research group for the past year. In that time, the team has tightened the connection between our incredible MSR work and the devices and services we are bringing to market while advancing the ball on a number of critical strategy and policy issues. As we continue our transformation to a company that delivers high value activities through devices and services it is critical that a senior leader is accountable for certain key, cross company technology initiatives. In this new role, Eric will do just that.

Harry Shum currently leads Bing engineering and prior, he led our MSR China team. He is uniquely positioned to drive exceptional forward-looking research that pushes the frontiers of computer science, while also driving impactful technology transfer through deep connections with our product teams.

MSR has been an amazing source of innovation for Microsoft and the industry, and our commitment to cutting edge R&D is as strong as ever. You only have to look at some of our big technology bets like Xbox, Bing or Windows Azure to see the great collaboration that MSR has brought to help accelerate our efforts to deliver differentiated devices and services to our customers.

With Harry moving to this new role, the Bing engineering leaders will report directly to Qi Lu on an interim basis. They will not miss a beat as they continue the strong momentum in growing share, improving financials, and leveraging search as a strategic differentiator across our devices and services.

Please join me in thanking both Eric and Harry for their leadership and congratulating them on their new roles.

Steve

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11.12.2013 - MS13-091 - Important : Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2885093) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (Nov 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a specially crafted WordPerfect document file is opened in an affected version of Microsoft Office software. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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11.12.2013 - MS13-092 - Important : Vulnerability in Hyper-V Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2893986) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an authenticated attacker passes a specially crafted function parameter in a hypercall from one running virtual machine to another running virtual machine on the same host.
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11.12.2013 - MS13-093 - Important : Vulnerability in Windows Ancillary Function Driver Could Allow Information Disclosure (2875783) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if an attacker logs on to an affected system as a local user, and runs a specially crafted application on the system that is designed to enable the attacker to obtain information from a higher-privileged account. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
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11.12.2013 - MS13-094 - Important : Vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook Could Allow Information Disclosure (2894514) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user opens or previews a specially crafted email message using an affected edition of Microsoft Outlook. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could ascertain system information, such as the IP address and open TCP ports, from the target system and other systems that share the network with the target system.
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11.12.2013 - MS13-095 - Important : Vulnerability in Digital Signatures Could Allow Denial of Service (2868626) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service when an affected web service processes a specially crafted X.509 certificate.
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11.08.2013 - Media Alert: Microsoft retail stores offer fans unique chance to experience live gameplay on Xbox One before it launches



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WHAT: Microsoft retail stores now offer you the opportunity to experience live gameplay on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, before it is available for purchase. With more than 75 locations across the country, Microsoft retail stores will enable customers to experience Xbox One all day, every day leading up to Nov. 22.

Stop by any Microsoft retail store location in the U.S. and Canada to be among the first to try Xbox One, get the wide-eyed thrill of racing by playing the ultimate car fantasy and Xbox One exclusive title “Forza Motorsport 5,” and experience the improvements made to the best controllers in gaming. This is a unique opportunity to experience the most complete entertainment system and check out one of the most highly anticipated gifts for this holiday season.

In addition, Forza Motorsport and Xbox One fans will have the chance to win the “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room Sweepstakes when they visit a Microsoft retail store and try Xbox One between now and the end of the year. The winner will get a great “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room package with a Forza Motorsport-branded play seat, Polk Audio N1 Gaming Sound Bar, Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition, and $2,000 gift card to use toward completing the living room with a big screen TV. Complete details and Official Rules are available in-store and here.

Fans also get the chance to meet Major Nelson and talk to him about Xbox One when he visits the new stores at Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas and at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City when they open later this month.

WHEN: Now through Thursday, Nov. 21.

WHERE:Any of the more than 75 Microsoft retail store locations in the U.S. and Canada during business hours. Find your closest location here.

VISUALS/INTERVIEWS: Interviews are available with representatives from Microsoft retail stores and with local Microsoft Store managers. There are additional images of and information about Xbox One here.

For more information, press only:

Julie Wilder, Edelman, (323) 202-1057, julie.wilder@edelman.com

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11.08.2013 - New Nokia Lumia 1520 device available at Microsoft retail stores



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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2013 — Preorders for the new Nokia Lumia 1520 will be offered at all Microsoft retail store locations, as well as through http://www.MicrosoftStore.com, the company announced today. The Lumia 1520 is available for preorder immediately, and will hit store shelves and the online store Nov. 22. Customers who preorder a Nokia Lumia 1520 before Nov. 22, 2013 at Microsoft retail store locations, as well as through http://www.MicrosoftStore.com, will receive a $50 Microsoft Store app card, a free flip cover valued at $39.99, in addition to the $20 app card provided by Nokia, and a free download of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows Phone. Customers who purchase the Lumia 1520 at Microsoft retail store locations, as well as through http://www.MicrosoftStore.com on or after Nov. 22 will receive a $50 Microsoft Store app card, in addition to the $20 app card provided by Nokia and a free download of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows Phone.*

“Our stores celebrate personal choice, so we’re happy to offer our customers the ability to purchase the exciting new Nokia Lumia 1520 device through Microsoft retail stores,” said Kelly Soligon, senior director, Marketing and Experiences for Microsoft retail stores. “Microsoft retail store customers not only get access to this great new Windows Phone from Nokia, but they can also have a chance to customize it from top to bottom and receive a complimentary, personalized setup session with a Microsoft retail store associate.”

Launched in October at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch, full-HD smartphone with a quad-core processor and a 20-megapixel PureView camera sensor. Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 1520 comes with Live Tiles, which let you pin your favorite people, apps and more to your Start Screen for updates you care about and a phone that is uniquely yours. Windows Phone 8 also offers more than 175,000 apps and games with new titles like Instagram, Vine and Mint coming soon. More information on the Nokia Lumia 1520 device is available on the Windows Phone Blog.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available for $199 for new AT&T customers or existing customers eligible for an upgrade with a two-year agreement. The Lumia 1520 will initially be available in black, red and white, with yellow to become available later this year.

The Microsoft retail store offers a range of best-in-class choices to fit anyone’s needs and budgets, with a mission to help customers get the most choice, value and service with their technology investments. The stores offer a curated assortment of selected products, including Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, Windows Phones, Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft Office 365 and more.

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

* Offers are not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be combined with other offers, transferred, or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Taxes may apply. Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend offers at any time without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft Store $50 App Card and Flip Cover: Available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Flip cover available Nov. 8–21 or while supplies last; limited quantities and colors available. App Card available until Dec. 21. A $25 preorder deposit required. Customer will pay remaining balance for phone at redemption. App Card and flip cover will be received at time of redemption. Pre-order must be redeemed prior to Dec. 21, 2013. Limit five per customer. Halo Download: Offer good only in the U.S. from Nov. 22, 2013 through Jan. 9, 2014, to AT&T customers who have purchased a Lumia 1520. Limit one free download per phone. Download must be completed on or before Jan. 9, 2014. “Halo: Spartan Assault” requires users to sign into Xbox with a Microsoft account to play. 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.

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11.07.2013 - Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (32/64 bit)



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11.07.2013 - Get It Done Day and Office 365 help balance life’s demands



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REDMOND, Wash. Nov. 6 , 20 13 Microsoft Corp. is declaring Nov. 7 Get It Done Day, to spark action for people who seek to balance life’s demands on their own terms. From the streets of New York to Paris, Canada to Mexico, Asia to Australia, and online at http://office.com/getitdone and #GetItDone, Microsoft is empowering people everywhere to share their story and inspire others to express how technology helps them get the things they care about — from work to home — done from anywhere.

No matter where you are — the office, airport or the gym — the need to get things done away from the office has never been greater.

As life and work blend, more than half (55 percent) of office workers* said they need to be able to get work done no matter where they are, and more than one-third (37 percent) said they do their best thinking outside the office, according to a recent study conducted online by Harris Interactive Inc. on behalf of Microsoft of 1,000 U.S. office workers.

“The Harris survey brings to light compelling points about what people expect and what they would be willing to give up to accomplish more in a day,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office. “That’s where Microsoft Office 365 can help. Taking on the ‘enemies of done,’ from lack of Wi-Fi to that important document you need to send now that’s on your computer at home, Office 365 is productivity reimagined and way beyond anything else in its class. It is much more than just the Office used by a billion people around the world. This is the new Office, for the new world of work and play.”

Survey data reveals that office workers not only want, but need, the ability to work anywhere, online or offline, at all points throughout the day. More information on where people get work done outside the office and what they do can be found by clicking on the images below:


Companies turn to Office 365 to #GetItDone

Companies understand this demand for people to get work done no matter where they are. Today, BNSF Railway Co., one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, announced it is turning to Office 365 to give its more than 40,000 employees the tools they need to be productive and responsive, regardless of location, on any device, while reducing IT costs, providing cloud services and integrating social media.

“The majority of our employees don’t work at a desk, but that doesn’t matter with Office 365,” said Jo-ann Olsovsky, chief information officer at BNSF. “With Office 365 our employees can securely access the information they need to help operate the railroad — from any device. Whether you are a mechanic in a shop or a sales rep with a customer, you can get to the information you need in real time. Microsoft’s Office 365 is a service that provides our users with various tools to communicate the way they want to communicate. Whether in an instant message, email, blog or chat, Office 365 connects our people wherever they are.”

Office updates help more people #GetItDone

Microsoft on Wednesday also announced several product updates that will help even more people be productive:

  • Microsoft Office Web Apps. Microsoft has updated Office Web Apps with two highly anticipated features — the introduction of AutoSave in the Word Web App and real-time co-authoring, a feature that allows multiple people to contribute to and edit documents simultaneously in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App.

  • Yammer. All Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise plans now ship with Yammer Enterprise, and all existing Office 365 Enterprise customers will receive Yammer Enterprise licenses. In addition, Office 365 customers no longer have to purchase individual new licenses for external users within their external networks. Microsoft has also created the Yammer Partner Enablement Program, designed to provide deeper insight and best practices for how to sell, implement and integrate a successful enterprise social solution.

  • New sharing updates to Office 365 Home Premium. Starting next month, Office 365 Home Premium subscribers can share some of their subscription benefits with up to four members of their household. Each household member can use any of the available installs on their own PCs, Macs or mobile devices, get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, and manage their own installs from their My Account page.

More information on how Office 365 can help people get it done is available at http://www.office.com/getitdone, where people can also show how they get it done from anywhere and enter to win a trip with a friend to some of the most happening events — on a trip to NYC, a journey to Park City, Utah, or a musical voyage to Austin, Texas. People can tweet with #GetItDone to tell where they collaborate when they are away from the office. The Office 365 Facebook and Twitter profiles feature more stories about how people and companies are coming together to get things done, anywhere and anytime. For full details, review the Official Rules.

About the survey

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Microsoft Oct. 16–23, 2013, among 1,000 U.S. employed adults ages 18 and up. Respondents use technology (such as computers, smartphones and tablets) every day to get their work done and work in a traditional, executive/shared/not at the company headquarters, or virtual office. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. Complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, is available at http://microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/office/docs/MicrosoftGetItDone.pdf.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for The Harris Poll®, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research across a wide range of industries. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing a client's research investment. Serving clients worldwide through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help our clients stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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* Office workers are defined as employed adults who use technology (such as computers, smartphones and tablets) every day to get their work done and work in a traditional, executive/shared/not at the company headquarters, or virtual office.

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11.07.2013 - BNSF Railway Co. moves its mobile workforce to the cloud



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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov . 6 , 2013 — BNSF Railway Co., one of the oldest and largest freight railroad networks in North America, has selected Microsoft Office 365 to enable over 40,000 workers to share ideas and information via computers, kiosks and personal devices. BNSF chose Microsoft Office 365 as part of its Railroad 2020 vision for modernizing the user productivity portfolio at BNSF. The company looked at other offerings, but employees at BNSF preferred the familiar Office experience and the company wanted to capitalize on what people know and already use. Office was also chosen because of its interoperability with critical line-of-business applications such as SharePoint, and because of its ability to enable greater collaboration across geographically dispersed workers. Employees had organically started using Yammer as a communication tool, so BNSF plans to roll out Yammer Enterprise, the leading provider of enterprise social networks, to support this collaboration trend throughout the company.

“Whether it’s in locomotives, detectors along the side of the track, geometry cars or our vast telecommunications infrastructure to support the railroad, we rely on technology to operate our railroad and ensure delivery of our customers’ freight,” said Jo-ann Olsovsky, vice president and chief information officer, BNSF. “Due to the nature of our business, the majority of our employees are outdoors in the field, so supporting their mobility with access to leading productivity and communications tools is critical to our success. By using tools such as Office 365 and Yammer Enterprise, we will be able to connect our employees to each other and the information they need to be successful.”

BNSF was seeking ways to improve efficiency in its delivery and support of email, calendaring and collaboration software while leveraging new functionality. BNSF began implementing Phase I of its Office 365 and Exchange Online deployment in October to more than 40,000 users and expects to have Lync, email and calendaring services fully deployed by early November. Subsequent phases will include deployment of other services such as SharePoint Online and Yammer Enterprise.

BNSF’s strategic technology road map, Railroad 2020, calls for modernizing the underlying technology infrastructure and improving communications across the organization and externally. Office 365 is a natural fit for Railroad 2020 by providing BNSF employees with the familiar Microsoft Office experience. Office 365 is an always up-to-date cloud service that supports today’s bring-your-own-device initiatives and offers mobile employees the flexibility they need.

Employees are already benefiting from the new communication and collaboration platform. The cloud allows employees to store folders and files for easy access from virtually any device, and the integrated communications capabilities provides employees with voice mail and message transcripts directly from their inboxes, enabling faster response times from the office or the field. Employees who are not issued PCs, such as train crews and field maintenance workers, are able to access email and storage offerings from shared computers or their own personal devices.

“As a railroad, we have so many systems that we have to write from scratch because you can’t always buy an off-the-shelf system to move to trains; we typically have to write rail-unique systems,” Olsovsky said. “I’d much rather our team focus on support and development of those mission-critical operational systems rather than on our messaging platform. If we have an expert — like we do in Microsoft — that can ensure highly available messaging and collaboration tools, it just makes it all the better and enables my team to focus on the operational systems.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

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11.06.2013 - MS13-067 - Critical : Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2834052) - Version: 1.3



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Revision Note: V1.3 (November 6, 2013): Corrected the product name for the Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013 (2817305) update. This is an informational change only. There were no changes to the update files or detection logic. Customers who have not applied the 2817305 update should reevaluate the applicability of the update for their environments based on the corrected information.
Summary: This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and nine privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Server software. The most severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution in the context of the W3WP service account if an attacker sends specially crafted content to the affected server.
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11.06.2013 - MS13-084 - Important : Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2885089) - Version: 1.1



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Revision Note: V1.1 (November 6, 2013): Corrected the product name for the Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013 (2827222) update. This is an informational change only. There were no changes to the update files or detection logic. Customers who have not applied the 2827222 update should reevaluate the applicability of the update for their environments based on the corrected information.
Summary: This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office server software. The most severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file in an affected version of Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Office Services, or Web Apps.
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11.05.2013 - Microsoft Dynamics enables businesses to reimagine customer experiences



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BARCELONA Nov . 5 , 2013 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) on Tuesday highlighted how businesses are differentiating themselves in the market with Microsoft Dynamics technology in the opening keynote of the company’s sold-out Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 EMEA conference. The keynote address, delivered by Microsoft Business Solutions Executive Vice President Kirill Tatarinov and Microsoft International President Jean-Philippe Courtois, focused on how people and businesses can reimagine the way they engage with customers, build brand relevance, and collaborate to stay ahead of the ever-changing market and business environments.

“This is truly the era of the customer where people are more informed and better connected than ever. Businesses urgently need solutions to unite and empower their people so they can best serve and nurture their customers,” Tatarinov said. “Microsoft is positioned to deliver agile, integrated business solutions that will help organizations in this new era by delivering amazing customer experiences.”

Delivering customer-centric business solutions

Following the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Global Premiere Event, which was broadcast live from Barcelona to more than 70,000 attendees and featured customers Metro Bank, Pandora, and Servcorp, the company announced a set of 18 new predefined and configurable process templates that include sports management, healthcare, government and nonprofit, as well as some specialized areas such as prison offender management. These templates are available for customers to download at no charge from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Marketplace.

Delivering on the promise of giving customers access to their CRM information on any device, Microsoft confirmed the availability of new touch-optimized experiences on Windows Phones, iPhones and Android phones that give customers powerful functionality and analytics on the go, without a separate license fee.* These apps are available today in their respective online stores.

To make it easy for businesses to buy Microsoft Dynamics CRM to use with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft is also introducing a new global pricing promotion that lets eligible existing and new Microsoft Office 365 customers purchase professional licenses of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and get up to a 40 percent discount on the price of the CRM license, giving them immediate and significant value for their technology investment. This promotion runs through March 31, 2014, and is available in 42 markets where the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service is offered. Specific details as well as terms and conditions can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/offers/CRME.aspx.

Metro Bank, Great Britain’s first new high street bank in more than a century and an early adopter of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, is using the new solution as the foundation of its customer-first strategy.

“Metro Bank is driving a revolution in banking. We aim to create fans, not customers, and we have a culture that is all about surprise and delight,” said Paul Marriott-Clarke, commercial director, Metro Bank. “Microsoft Dynamics CRM is our platform to engage with customers and along with Yammer, SharePoint, Office 365 and Lync is helping us to deliver our promise to offer customers the very best in service and convenience.”

Designed to help businesses run an agile operation that exceeds their customers’ needs, engages with them on their terms and helps fuel growth, Microsoft today introduced new capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the next update for its flagship ERP solution. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 delivers new warehouse and transportation management capabilities to provide customers with real-time end-to-end insights into supply-chain execution. New Lifecycle Services available with this release help organizations improve the predictability of Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations by simplifying and standardizing processes, and bringing innovative and integrated experiences for serviceability and support.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 introduces support for deployment on Windows Azure via infrastructure as a service (IaaS), bringing customers true choice and portability between on-premises and private cloud deployments, along with all the benefits and security features that come with the world-class Windows Azure service. With the availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 expected in April 2014, the company also shared that it remains on track to deliver the next major version of Microsoft Dynamics AX on-premises and as a public cloud service offering.

Following the delivery of Expense management and reconciliation, Timesheets and Approvals apps for Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft announced an update to the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer app that enables people to accelerate their business by giving them actionable and engaging business insights whether they are in the office or on the go. These apps, designed to be personal, social and immersive, provide a more relevant experience based on people’s roles and devices, helps them connect with their social networks, and provides an engaging and actionable experience. They are currently available in the Windows Marketplace.

As part of the event, Microsoft shared that Microsoft Dynamics NAV is closing in on 100,000 customers worldwide, a significant milestone for this product. It also reinforced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, which was released in October 2013. This release adds great new capabilities to the product such as single sign-on with Office 365 and SharePoint Online, a new user interface for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and the Windows client, a new foundation for cash management, a new Help Server, and powerful provisioning and administration tools.

Passion for Life (PFL) Healthcare , a United Kingdom-based manufacturer and distributor of medical products with an annual turnover of 2.5 million pounds ($4 million), is benefitting from a hosted version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics CRM today. As Will Web, commercial director, PFL Healthcare noted, “We aim to grow the business by 20 percent next year, and Microsoft Dynamics will help us do that. It was the right decision for us.”

More information

More information about Microsoft’s Dynamic Business vision can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/about.aspx. More information and news from Convergence 2013 EMEA is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/dynamics. The opening keynote presentation and general session keynote speeches are available on the new virtual event platform for Convergence 2013 EMEA at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/emea13. Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSFTDynamics and @MSFTConvergence using #Conv13EMEA. Partners interested in starting a Microsoft Dynamics CRM practice can get more information by contacting mbsjoin@microsoft.com.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

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11.05.2013 - Microsoft unveils game-changer for South Africa’s small businesses



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JOHANNESBURG Nov . 5 , 2013 Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner on Tuesday unveiled an online hub that will give South African small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) access to a range of free products and services from Microsoft and other partners.

The hub, at http://southafrica.biz4afrika.com, is specifically designed to aggregate all the best resources — both IT and non-IT — available to local SMEs. The baseline services offered are free and highly relevant for South African SMEs looking to bring their business online and improve their general competitiveness. The launch offer will provide SMEs with the opportunity to get their businesses online for free for the first year. This includes a free .co.za domain, a free website, as well as free email and collaboration tools.*

Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg today, Turner said the opening of the Biz4Afrika hub was a strategic component of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative announced earlier this year, when the company committed to bringing 1 million African SMEs online in three years’ time. He also noted that this launch was the latest step in the company’s heritage of investing and supporting entrepreneurs across the world.

The launch follows research released last month by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which showed that tech-savvy SMEs created twice as many new jobs and grew revenues 15 percentage points faster over the past three years than SMEs using little technology.

“Our objective is to help more SMEs transition to, and benefit from, modern IT so they can improve their overall competitiveness,” Turner said. “Our commitments under the 4Afrika banner are focused on actively engaging in Africa’s economic development, and for SMEs this means providing training on how to apply technology to their business and helping them understand how they can benefit from a broad range of available devices and services.”

Microsoft South Africa managing director and vice chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council Mteto Nyati said the research underlined Microsoft’s belief that the best way of addressing unemployment in South Africa, and Africa, is by creating small businesses.

“If we can help small companies succeed in the first three to five years of their lives, we will help grow job creation and economic development significantly,” Nyati said. “By doing this, we’re supporting government’s national priorities of creating jobs, growing skills and giving people meaningful work, while investing in local communities to help remove some of the systemic barriers that hold SMEs back.”

Nyati said that to further support the development of small enterprises and to help address employability, Microsoft will also place one 4Afrika intern in each of the Small Enterprise Development Agency’s 43 centers across the country, where they will receive on-the-job-training on technology and other SME-related issues to become fully fledged SME business and technology advisors in needy communities.

Speaking at the launch of Biz4Afrika, Yusuf Abramjee, Primedia Broadcasting head of communications and head of Crime Line, said “a lot” hinges on getting South Africa’s entrepreneurial culture right.

“South Africa is a society of extremes. A glittering modern consumer culture sits alongside — and just out of reach of — a society mired in dire poverty,” Abramjee said. “South Africa’s unemployment rate, at 25 percent of the workforce, is one of the worst in the world. There is growing recognition that the job creation outcomes of economic development are not solely about putting unemployed people to work for a wage, as important as that is, but about offering those presently excluded a stake in society.”

The BCG report revealed that high-performing SMEs stayed ahead of mainstream IT adoption, riding new waves of advancement to improve productivity, connecting with new customers and markets, particularly outside their own region or country, and competing with much larger players.

An interesting finding was that technology leaders in emerging markets grew jobs and revenue faster than in developed markets, and are even quicker than their developed market counterparts to embrace new tools. Also, women-owned firms are among the most technically advanced, innovative and successful firms interviewed.

But at the same time, Turner said, the research revealed a risk, because adoption of IT by SMEs is decidedly uneven.

“Across the world, many SMEs, and their customers, don’t have access to modern broadband networks, and many lack the skills to get the most out of IT. Many SMEs are also still using large amounts of old and less efficient hardware and software,” Turner said.

“What we are seeing is that technology can help level the playing field for groups with historical disadvantages in business, and we would like to see more SMEs benefit from technology to help them become strong, local business leaders.”

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11.04.2013 - Microsoft announces plan to train veterans for tech jobs



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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov . 4 , 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to U.S. active duty service members transitioning out of the military. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy aims to offer America’s veterans the opportunity for new careers in the growing technology field.

“American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry,” said Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith. “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career — serving in the U.S. military — and another, creating technologies that improve lives.”

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy consists of a 16-week course to prepare U.S. service members to obtain the certification required for technology careers such as a developer, applications engineer and IT project manager.

Beginning as a pilot program with Saint Martin’s University at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state — the largest military installation west of the Mississippi — the program will be available later this year on key bases in California and Texas, with additional locations to be announced in coming months. Active duty service members transitioning from all branches of the military as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves returning to their civilian jobs are eligible for the academy.

In addition to receiving a Microsoft IT Academy-powered curriculum provided by Saint Martin’s University, service members who complete the pilot program will be hired into entry-level roles as software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the technology consulting firm administering the program.

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy was inspired by the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” legislation that was signed into law in 2011. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., allows service members to begin the employment process before their separation from the military to facilitate a seamless transition from the military to other jobs.

“Providing on-the-job training for transitioning service members into high-tech jobs is exactly what our legislation was written to accomplish,” said Sen. Murray. “Our veterans have the talent and training to succeed in any workplace, and the technology industry is a particularly great fit. This new program demonstrates that more employers see the value of what veterans offer, especially in jobs that require hard work and collaboration.”

The program is run on the base, allowing active-duty service members to easily receive training during the final stage of their military service. In December, the first group of 22 participants will complete the program.

“Unemployment rates are higher among veterans because it’s not always easy for service members to understand where their skills apply outside the military,” said Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander H. Charles Hodges Jr. “This program cuts through the uncertainty and helps service members transition into their next missions in the civilian workforce.”

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is part of the company’s broader efforts, through programs such as Microsoft YouthSpark, to help young people gain the critical technology skills required for today’s jobs. Further, the company’s commitment to supporting veterans is longstanding, and includes the following:

  • The creation of Elevate America for Veterans, a two-year program in which Microsoft invested more than $12 million in cash, software and related support that enabled veterans and their spouses to take advantage of technology skills training, certification, job placement, career counseling and other support services.

  • Development of Microsoft’s We Still Serve site, which provides translation of military skills to Microsoft job opportunities and connections with Microsoft employees who have served.

Microsoft’s broad support for the military community also includes active participation in many programs and organizations, including 100,000 Jobs Mission, the Student Veterans of America Success Corps and Hire America’s Heroes.

About Launch Consulting Group

Launch CG, is a division of Direct Technology — a leading Veteran-owned and operated technology consulting firm that fulfills the promise of technology. Launch designs and builds cutting edge new technological solutions that fuel individual & organizational growth.

About Saint Martin’s University

Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education with a mission to empower students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s began offering programs at Joint Base Lewis McChord in 1972 and is currently one of 7 on-base schools providing education programs for the military community.

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10.31.2013 - MS13-085 - Important : Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2885080) - Version: 1.1



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Summary: This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file with an affected version of Microsoft Excel or other affected Microsoft Office software. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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10.30.2013 - Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event kickoff and Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 EMEA



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REDMOND, Wash. Oct. 30, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Wednesday announced the details of live webcasts for the Global Premiere Event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Convergence 2013 EMEA, the Microsoft Dynamics community business conference from Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 4 and 5.

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event will feature Microsoft executives and highlight how customers around the globe are using the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM release to create compelling customer experiences and bring those experiences to life. The event will also showcase the new release in action.

What: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event

When: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 5:30–7 p.m. CET

(8:30–10 a.m. U.S. PST and 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. U.S. EST)

Where: Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre , Barcelona, Spain

Live w ebcast

i nformation: The live webcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. CET. Viewers may register and access the webcast at Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global Premiere Event.

Microsoft kicks off its Convergence 2013 EMEA with an opening keynote that puts a spotlight on the amazing business transformations Microsoft Dynamics customers are experiencing using modern business solutions. Business leaders from the region will share the stage with Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International, and discuss how their businesses are thriving. Tatarinov will also use the keynote to share a vision of how organizations can grow and succeed by connecting in new ways with their customers.

What: Microsoft Convergence EMEA 2013 keynote

Who: Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions , and Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 9:30–11 a.m. CET

(12:30–2 a.m. U.S. PST and 3:30–5 a.m. U.S. EST)

Where: Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre Barcelona, Spain

Live Webcast

Information: The live webcast of the keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. CET. Viewers may access the webcast at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/emea13.

Transcript Information: A replay and transcript will be available within 24 hours on the Convergence 2013 EMEA website.

More information and news from Convergence 2013 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/dynamics.

Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSDynamics using #ConvEMEA13.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

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