Microsoft UK Intern Offsite - Part 2

On the 28th of November, the Microsoft UK interns embarked on their offsite trip to Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. This is a yearly event, and allows all of the interns to catch up and socialise together! …

Microsoft UK Intern Offsite - Part 1

On the 28th of November, the Microsoft UK interns embarked on their offsite trip to Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. This is a yearly event, and allows all of the interns to catch up and socialise together! …

Microsoft International Christmas Video

Another Be Your Future Special. The team coordinated with 5 different countries across Europe to create a short International Christmas Video, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! …

Microsoft Mannequin Challenge

A Be Your Future Special. A few interns and apprentices team up to present you with, The Mannequin Challenge. It’s not all work here at Microsoft’s Headquarters UK, especially when you have an amazing Xbox Experience Zone! Check it out in our video. Work hard and play harder! …

The Microsoft Surface team as well as some interns throughout the company partnered with the NFL at Regent Street and Wembley in the build-up to Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts match-up. We were situated on Regent Street on the Saturday where 600k people passed through the many NFL related pop-ups, …

Being an intern at Microsoft means more than doing a daily coffee run. You’ll discover early on that you are given real responsibilities that have significant business impact. Within the first few months you’ll already have some amazing stories to tell! Below are just a few of the …

A day in the Office with Windows 10

Hello everyone, Later this month Microsoft will celebrate its one-year anniversary since the Windows 10 launch. More and more people are joining the movement and we thought it will quite useful if give you a bit of insight about this amazing operating system, starting with the start menu. A lot …

Intern Hall of Fame FY16 - Charlotte Rowles

Hello everyone, A couple of weeks ago the Intern End-of-Year event happened in which all the interns across UK gathered for one final time to bond and reflect back on the year. There was also a special award ceremony that took place in which a few interns received awards for …

A day in the Office... on the go

Happy Monday everyone, Have you ever had problems collaborating because of the inability to instantly share or edit group projects or presentations? As an organisation, Microsoft strives to be mobile- first, cloud- first and Office 365 is a perfect example of what this means. It allows for a stress-free synchronisation …

How can humans and AI work together?

Hey everyone, In this week's cultural segment, we decided to focus on a topic that will be making headlines for years to come, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Why is this important ? As a potential candidate, knowing the direction in which the company will be moving is crucial because it shows that …

A day in the Office with OneDrive

Happy Monday readers, After last week's introduction to OneNote, we thought it will be a good idea to give the spotlight today to the application that allows you to store all those notes, spreadsheets, presentations and reports with a click of a button. Of course, we are talking about OneDrive. …

A new parthership has been born

Hey everyone, Do you remember not so long ago we did a "Be Your Best" series in which we talked about how you can develop those valuable interpersonal skills that employers are looking for. One of the topics was about commercial awareness and how to stay in touch with what's …

A day in the Office... OneNote edition

Hello lovely readers, We are delighted to announce that we are starting a new weekly segment on the blog called " A day in the Office " in which we will provide you with information, tips and tutorials to help you be more productive with Microsoft's amazing Office apps. And our new …

New Microsoft product coming your way !?

Hey everyone, We have some exciting news for all of you, Xbox lovers. Microsoft recently announced that later this year a new console will be released that will go by the name of Xbox One S. From being 40 % slimmer with even more powerful hardware to streaming 4k video on …

The Adventures my role took me on for...

Hey guys, If you are reading this post that means you are someone looking for an adventure or at least have an interest in it. Well, let me tell you, Microsoft is the place for you! I can’t promise you will travel, but I can promise that your days …

Weekly Spotlight - Protect Yourself Against Tech Support Scams

Your BeYouFuture team is back this week to give you advice on : How to protect yourselft against tech support scams! Loving is caring :) Fraudulent Tech Support scams usually come out as a fake agent representing themselves as Microsoft trying to get access to your information on your computer or to …

My Microsoft experience

Hey lovely readers, Well, isn't this turning out to be a great section of the blog? Today, we are bringing you a video of our very own Content Lead, Laura who recently was interviewed about her Microsoft experience. Click on the link below to watch it :) …

Weekly Spotlight - Teenager from difficult background turns his life around with Microsoft's Technology

Your BeYourFuture team is back with today's Weekly Spotlight about how Microsoft's Technology turned a teenager drug dealer's life around. Wanderson Skrock grew up in a slum outside Rio de Janeiro. He started dealing drugs when he was 14 years-old and ended up twice in juvenile detention. But, during his …

Hello everyone, Oh boy, do we have some exciting content for you today or what! A couple of weeks ago the BYF team had the amazing opportunity to set some time with the General Manager for Microsoft UK Marketing and Operations (M&O), Nicola Hodson. Martin from the Content …

Weekly Spotlight - Microsoft initative to bring connectivity to Kenya's rural areas

Your BYF team is back with a video on the power of technology with today's Weekly Spotlight on TV white space closes digital divide in Kenya. With more than 4 billion people in the world lacking internet access, Mawingu hopes to provide a solution. Mawingu is part of Microsoft’s …

The Reading Social Side #throwbackthursday

Hey everyone, Welcome again to another throwback Thursday post. This time we are going to explore our amazing offices in Reading. For those of you who are going to be based there, do not miss out on this post. by James Naldrett Where are our Offices? Hi, I’m an …

A new wave of technology ?

Hey guys, BYF: Would you believe us if we tell you that there is an app out there that relies on artificial intelligence to help the blind or visually impaired people understand who and what is around them ? You: What??? What sorcery is that ? BYF: No sorcery, dear readers. Our …

Introducing the Buddy Team

At Microsoft, we have a number of early in career opportunities which all offer great experiences PLUS a wealth of top tips and tricks to help you start your journey with us. But what happens once you get started? When you join Microsoft, you are welcomed into a community - …

My Microsoft experience

Happy Monday everyone, Remember the video we posted last week about Sabha and her Microsoft experience? Today we are coming back with another one, this time from another of our FY16 interns, Stefaniia. Click the link below to learn more about her role, experience and the things she learned from …

Weekly Spotlight - Protecting the Black Rhino with Microsoft Surface

Your BYF team wants to share with you how technology is essential for a more sustainable world with its Weekly Spotlight on Microsoft's involvement in the protection of the Black Rhino. The Black Rhinoceros is one of the most endangered species on the planet, with 96% of its population who …

My Microsoft experience

Hey everyone, We would like to introduce to you, one of our FY16 interns, Sabha who took the time to talk a bit about herself and her experience as an intern at Microsoft ( achievements, funny moments and so much more). Make sure to click on the link below to watch …

Weekly Spotlight - Cortana

Your BYF team is back with its weekly spotlight to project you in the future with ... Cortana ! Cortana is not only your Windows device's personal assistant who reponds to “Who’s your daddy? ” with “Technically speaking, that’d be Bill Gates. No big deal.”. She is way more than that, …

Dear readers, In the latest of our internal SmArticles competitions, we have this fantastic submission from one of our interns. Zakia has provided us with this brilliant insight into how the impressive Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can enable us as students and young professionals to achieve more and #DoGreatThings. So …

SmArticles follow up - Microsoft Band

Dear Readers, You may remember from a few weeks ago, the first of our SmArticles series of Articles went live! This is an internal competition that the BeYourFuture team has introduced this year. This gives Apprentices, Interns and Graduates in Microsoft UK the chance to showcase their writing talents, and …

Weekly Spotlight - Hearing for the 1st time

Your BYF team offers you another episode in our series about how technology has the incredible power to change and improve people's life with our Weekly Spotlight on .... Hearing for the first time thanks to the Esteem Hearing Implant and Microsoft's technology ! The Esteem Sensor converts the vibrations into electrical …

An Apprentice Insight into Loop

By Jacob McQuillan As an apprentice at Microsoft we are allowed to get involved with lots of different things that may not be included in our normal day to day job role. Something which some of us apprentices have been involved in is Loop. Loop is a website that is …

Weekly Spotlight - Microsoft's 3D Soundscape Technology for people with vision loss

Your BYF team lays the emphasis on how technology has the incredible power to change and improve people's life with our Weekly Spotlight on .... Microsoft's 3D Soundscape technology ! Microsoft’s 3D soundscape technology is an audio-rich experience in which the headset, smartphone and indoor and outdoor beacons all work together …

Weekly Spotlight - 'Project Spark', create your own adventure!

Your BYF team appeals to your sense of adventure this week with our Weekly Spotlight on Project Spark's pick-your-path article! ‘Project Spark’ — where players create, and creators play Remember the "choose-your-own-adventure" type of book when you were a kid ? Then you will be amazed by The Keys to the Kingdom …

Office Easy Clicks - Translation and Look-up in Word

The lookup and translate tools in Office will enable you to find all the information you need for your assignments, without ever leaving the document you're working on! As this simple video demonstrates, all you need to do is highlight the word and in a few clicks Office can look …

All aboard for National Apprenticeship Week!

This week is National Apprentice Week (#NAW2016), and a chance for employers, schools, young people and parents to discover more about why Apprenticeships are so important to them and the wider UK economy – one reason why the Government has pledged to create 3 million more by 2020. As the leading …

Love is in the air for Surface Book and Hour of Code

by Robson Smith Valentine’s Day may be over but here at Microsoft, we are still sending out the love with our amazing Windows 10 devices. Earlier this year we held the UK launch of the first Microsoft laptop - the Surface Book. This Ultra-thin, meticulously crafted device allows users …

Weekly Spotlight - Life at Microsoft illustrated

Your BeYourFuture team does not only provide you with great and informative content, but also helps you lighten the mood during this stressful period of the application process ! Indeed, today's Weekly Spotlight is on ... Hugh MacLeod’s illustrated guide to life inside Microsoft! Despite the common idea that artists and …

Office Easy Clicks – Referencing

Have you ever considered how many hours you may have wasted manually typing out references and citations to your university reports and what you could’ve actually done with that spare time? Maybe find more articles to use to support your work, maybe go out and enjoy the university social …

SmArticles February - Single-function devices are so last decade

Here at BeYourFuture, we like to keep things interesting with our other Interns/Apprentices/Graduates on the UK Schemes. So... we began our monthly SmArticle competitions! You may have seen our last winner, Zach, who landed himself his very on Microsoft Band after opening our eyes to how it's more …

Weekly Spotlight - Unique Microsoft hiring program opens more doors to people with autism

This week your BYF team wants to share with you the story of Kyle Schwaneke and how this man suffering from an Autism Spectrum Disorder went from a very precarious situation to a stable, supportive and fulfilling job. Unfortunately, such a precarious situation is far from being unusual as 80% …

Microsoft OneNote

Ever used OneNote before? No? Well you should definitely check out this video! OneNote is a tool that you can use to put things like lecture notes, classwork, and revision in. You may think that sounds a bit like Word. HOWEVER, in OneNote you can store literally a whole notebook …

Weekly Spotlight - Get to know Satya Nadella better !

This week your BeYourFuture team lightens the mood during a stressful period of assessment centres and ... gives you the opportunity to get to know our CEO, Satya Nadella better! Working at Microsoft is all about people. Microsoft does not only aim at empowering every person and organisation on the planet …

Weekly Spotlight - Microsoft Cloud accelerating Cancer Research

“Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” (Satya Nadella) Technology is made to have a great impact on humanity’s progress, and Microsoft’s cloud accelerating Cancer Research embodied this principle. Check this great video where Wu Feng, Computer Science Professor …

SmArticles - Microsoft Band

Internally, the BeYourFuture team has recently introduced monthly competitions, whereby Interns, Graduates and Apprentices can enter an article in for a chance to win some of Microsoft's fantastic devices! This month, one of our Xbox EMEA Interns Zach, wrote a winning article on just how the Microsoft Band enables us …

Diversity at Microsoft

"Diversity is an existential need for Microsoft. We are used in 192 countries, so we have to represent that" (Satya Nadella) Last week your BYF team provided you with insights on Women working at Microsoft, and we are back this week with ...a great video on Diversity at Microsoft ! Microsoft …

Careers for Women at Microsoft

“The sensibility that is required in order to build products that are loved by people who are by definition diverse is not going to be possible if we don’t have diversity in the workforce,” (Satya Nadella, Shareholder Meeting, 2014) Diversity of age, faith, origin, sexual orientation and gender is …

Weekly Spotlight – Bing

More than 4,000 a week, each of them is tested 20,000 times… Don’t worry we are not talking about your application process here (very funny we know) but Bing’s weekly improvements and what it takes to a single code change to go thought a test pass! …

Weekly Spotlight – Digital Detectives

More than a million people are infected every day, and you may be among them... As you may have guessed, this week’s spotlight is on … Microsoft Cybercrime Center! In today's weekly spotlight, we are sharing an amazing article explaining Microsoft’s implications and collaborations with authorities and partners to …

Microsoft Aspire Reminder!

Back in December we announced the Microsoft Aspire event, aiming to inspire more young women to develop their digital skills and pursue a range of careers within the technology industry. We're thrilled with the interest shown so far, and due to incredibly high demand we have decided to expand our …

Introducing... #Tech4Good

In our latest post, the Tech4Good Intern Stretch Project team got in touch with us to tell us all a little about what they do, and how to get involved as an intern at Microsoft! As an intern at Microsoft, you get the chance to get involved in stretch projects …

Christmas at Microsoft UK HQ: The Festive Devices Showcase days

Readers of the BeYourFuture blog... earlier this week, you will have seen the first real insight into one of the other Intern Stretch Projects here at Microsoft - the marvellous LoveIt team! Now, sit back and indulge in this fantastic recap of their first event, the brilliant Festive Device Showcase …

DigiGirlz

By Nicole Ryle - Microsoft Apprentice For the past eight years DigiGirlz is an event that aims to inspire young women into the tech industry; so far the program has reached over 2000 girls! This year a group of year 8 girls from 20 different local schools were invited to …

Introducing The Love It 101 Team! What is LoveIt? The Love It 101 Team is an internal marketing team managed by 4 interns who are keen on evangelising and promoting the Microsoft consumer products. Our aim is to make every employee in Microsoft UK to LOVE all our consumer products …

Microsoft Aspire

Calling all female undergraduates! On the 15th on January, Microsoft HQ in Reading is opening its doors to all female undergraduates to be a part of the Microsoft Aspire event. Microsoft Aspire is all about inspiring young women to pursue careers in the tech industry, which is currently made up …

Dan's Diary - Meeting the Chief Marketing Officer

Meeting Chris Capp Dan Oates – Windows Consumer Marketing Intern University: Business Management – University of Birmingham In November, Chris Capossela, the Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft, visited the UK as part of our Annual General Conference, Future Decoded. (Read a post about the event here). As part of Chris’ time over …

Meeting Phil Spencer - Head of XBOX

by Caitlin Goodale2013Logo" title="" /> Role: Graphic Designer – Lift London University Course: Computer Arts BA at – Abertay University Anand and I are interns at Lift London, a first party games studio within Microsoft. There are six interns in Lift, and 13 in the office in total. We were lucky enough to …

Rene Germain: Microsoft Brand Ambassador

My name is Rene and I’m the Microsoft Brand Ambassador for Loughborough University.The first major part of the campaign was the campus Garage Event. Leading up to the event was rather hectic, in terms of promotion. I don’t think I have tweeted or posted on Facebook so …

James Arnold: Microsoft Brand Ambassador

I’m an Economics and Finance undergraduate at University of Exeter, and am also the Student Brand Ambassador for Microsoft! I was initially interested in the role as I thought it was a good platform to demonstrate what skills I possessed to potential employers, and working for such an illustrious …

Olivia Keogh: Microsoft Brand Ambassador

Hello! My name is Olivia Keogh and I am the Microsoft Brand Ambassador at Aston University. I am currently in my second year of studying Business and Management and absolutely love the course! Microsoft embraces and rewards innovation, creating opportunities for their employees to achieve their personal and professional goals. …

Microsoft Campus Brand Ambassadors - What's it all about?

10152027248480232602150992_n" title="" />Hello! My name is Chantelle – I’m an Account Executive for On-Campus Promotions, the sister company of RateMyPlacement. I’m the campaign manager for the Brand Ambassadors for Microsoft this year. We currently have student Brand Ambassadors representing Microsoft at twelve different UK Universities. Their role is …

The Milkround Team - by Chris Royle and Elliott Binks

Led by the University Staffing team, the Milkround team is responsible for coming down to your universities in order to promote the Intern and Graduate Scheme opportunities that are available here at Microsoft. With the help of a number of this year’s student interns, the Milkround team will be …

Introducing the 'Get On' Initiative - by Ella Brown

‘Get On’ is Microsoft’s citizenship initiative that is a part of the global programme ‘Youth Spark’. Over three years, Microsoft UK is committed to helping 300,000 16-24 year olds Get Inspired, Get Skilled or Get A Job. Led by the Corporate Affairs department within Microsoft, the role of …

Viraj Doshi & Seb Greaves - App Development Q&A

What are your positions within the company? (Viraj and Seb) V: I’m a Technical Account Manager for EPG accounts in Services UK. S: I’m a Software Development Engineer in Test for IEB’s Games Test Organisation Europe. What made you want to come to Microsoft? (Viraj and Seb) …

Technical Consultant interns win Global award!

A group of four technical consultant interns who sit within the Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) department at Microsoft UK have recently been recognised ​for their innovative and inspirational work on the Guide Dogs project. It’s the tale of four MCS interns – Lee, Yalini, Sophie and Joseph – who, despite beginning …