Microsoft is closing its physical retail stores

Microsoft is closing its physical retail stores, and instead will focus its retail efforts on digital sales. David Porter, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Store made the announcement on June 26 via a blog post on LinkedIn.

Microsoft will continue to employ retail salespeople but they will be focused on sales, training and support for consumers, small businesses and enterprise customers, Porter said. Microsoft already had been deploying its retail sales people remotely and in training roles during physical store closures resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft isn’t going to close its flagship stores in London, New York, Sydney and Redmond, however. Porter said the company will “reimagine” them as new spaces, which will serve more as experience centers. He didn’t offer further details about how customers will be able to visit these centers.

Microsoft originally announced its plans to open Microsoft-branded retail stores in February 2009.

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Standard Chartered embarks on virtual internship programme

Standard Chartered is taking on 300 interns, who will carry out virtual placements at the bank.

This is another example of businesses using the latest communications technology to continue with business as usual as far as possible amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The six-week virtual programme has been introduced because of the lockdown and the limitations on staff being physically present in offices. The virtual internship includes e-learnings and virtual classroom sessions.

The switch to virtual internships, although forced, will benefit the company and staff as digital ways of working become the norm, according to Melissa Angerson, head of early careers at Standard Chartered.

She said the bank’s first virtual internship comes during the pandemic when there is a rapid shift to virtual in the workplace, a trend she said is here to stay. “This continued commitment to our internship programme despite the current environment is not only the right thing

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Brazilian federal police investigates presidential data leak

The Brazilian federal police reported advances around an investigation into a cybercrime organization supposedly responsible for exposing personal details of senior government officials including president Jair Bolsonaro.

The investigation follows a leak earlier this month, claimed by hacker group Anonymous Brazil, involving personal information relating to Bolsonaro, his sons and supporters, as well as various ministers.

Information including supposed assets owned by the individuals involved was posted on Twitter, on a profile that was soon deleted by the social network. At the time, Bolsonaro condemned the attack, on the same platform, saying the leak was an “intimidation measure” by the hacktivists.

Some 20 federal police investigators executed search warrants at the homes of the suspects, which include three teenagers based in cities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará.

As well as leaking the information online, the investigation has found the group obtained data of over 200,000

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Ford gets into gear with Vodafone 5G for future-proof electric vehicle production

As it looks to hit the accelerator on the production of next-generation vehicles, Ford has announced has received government backing for the introduction of 5G connectivity to speed up electric vehicle manufacturing.

The global automotive company is part of a consortium designing and manufacturing the next-generation vehicles, and the UK government has invested a total of £65m to nine consortia harnessing the potential of 5G.

To accelerate the production process, Ford will install a Vodafone Business 5G mobile private network in the new E:PriME (Electrified Powertrain in Manufacturing Engineering) facility on the company’s Dunton Campus.

The Vodafone Business 5G solution is designed to overcome many of the issues surrounding wireless connectivity in the industrial setting. It promises reduced delays, wider bandwidth, improved security and reliability, and faster deployment time.

Ford will focus on the connectivity of the welding machines in the manufacture of electric vehicles. The batteries and electric

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