Summer 2013


Editor: Amber Stokes
Publication manager: Andy Clayton-Smith

The summer 2013 issue of Touch is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in government, healthcare, education and public safety and national security. In this issue we explore how innovative Microsoft and partner technology solutions are helping governments to improve preparation for and response to emergency situations today, in order to save more lives.

Elsewhere in the magazine, Microsoft’s EMEA chief security advisor Monika Josi reveals the benefits of migrating from Windows XP and we speak to Simudyne’s CEO Justin Lyon to find out how computer simulation can help beat some of the most complex business challenges in the public sector today.

Magazine highlights

Cover story

Innovative service delivery

Innovative service delivery

Rebecca Lambert reports on how the Regional Government of Biscay is using Microsoft technology to bridge the communication gap between its citizens and local government organisations.

In practice

We highlight successful Microsoft technology implementations at Netherlands-based care home Woonzorg, FCO Services in the UK, Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Nieuwegein in the Netherlands and the Swedish emergency response services


Thought leadership from AvePoint’s Chris Foreman on collaboration for public safety and Christina Bivona-Tellez at Esri on use of technology for social care. Plus more from Darren McGrath and Christian Schieb at Unisys


Migrating from Windows XP

Migrating from Windows XP

Microsoft's EMEA chief security advisor Monika Josi explains the importance of migrating to newer Microsoft operating systems as Windows XP end of service nears

Signing out

Amber Stokes talks to Simudyne CEO Justin Lyon about the benefits computer simulation can bring to the public sector today.


Prevent, prepare and respond

Prevent prepare and respond

Amber Stokes reports on the innovative technologies that are allowing public safety organisations to prevent and manage emergency situations today.

Dell Zuba Box

A roundup of the latest public sector technology announcements, including Dell’s first solar-powered mobile classroom, Microsoft’s planned changes to Windows 8 and Polycom’s implementation of its video collaboration solutions at a Belgian hospital. Plus, a special interview with Microsoft’s new worldwide general manager for government and defense

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Touch is the latest addition to our suite of Microsoft industry publications and the new authority on public sector activity within the EMEA region. With news, case studies, thought leadership and features, the title offers insight into the technology advances being made by Microsoft and its partner ecosystem to offer solutions and services that make a difference.