March 22, 2017

The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls Lisa See sits down to discuss her life, her successes and her new book The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

Lisa's book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was made into film and Rupert Murdoch arranged for the film to be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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Subject: Lisa See
Program: Aussie Osbourne Show
Host: William J Bruce III
Total running time: 52:36
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Photo credit: Lisa See

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Companies Help Brands Integrate Data Across Sales, Marketing and Services
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – March 20, 2017 – At Adobe Summit, and building on their partnership announcement from last September, Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will announce availability of their first set of joint solutions designed to help enterprises transform their customer experiences [watch the keynote live stream]. Available today, these solutions will transform cross-channel experiences and campaign orchestration using Adobe Experience Cloud and Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power BI. In addition, the companies will announce they are collaborating on an industry standard to define and unify the language for marketing, sales and services data needed to deliver digital experiences consistently at scale.
“Today’s customers have high standards when it comes to brand interactions. Enterprise companies must deliver exceptional experiences at scale or risk losing customers to competitors,” said Abhay Parasnis, executive vice president and CTO, Adobe. “Bringing together Adobe’s and Microsoft’s sales, marketing and customer intelligence solutions enables brands to better understand and engage with their customers across all touch points.”
“We believe the combined power of our technologies will allow enterprise businesses to harness their data in new ways, unlocking critical business insights and actionable intelligence,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft. “Together, we are delivering compelling and personalized experiences that will drive brand loyalty and growth.”
Turning Data Integration into Actionable Insights
Through new integrations announced today, businesses will now be better able to align sales and marketing, and create compelling, personalized and consistent experiences for their customers.
The companies today will unveil the following:
  • The integration of Adobe Campaign and Microsoft Dynamics 365 enables enterprises to compile customer insights across various channels, creating a single view of the customer that can be used to personalize experiences across marketing touchpoints.
  • Adobe Analytics plus Microsoft Power BI offers increased insights across the enter Brands are able to pull behavioral data into Power BI to visualize the impact of campaigns across segments, understand which customer touchpoints are most effective, and turn these insights into actionable, successful outcomes in real-time.
  • Adobe Experience Manager Sites Managed Service, is now available on Microsoft Azure, letting companies deliver personalized web experiences faster and more efficiently no matter where their customers are. Brands can manage their web content across any screen within Adobe Experience Manager with lower management and resource costs.
Collaboration on an Industry Standard Data Model
Building on both companies’ strong track record in data science and machine learning, Adobe and Microsoft are collaborating on a semantic data model for understanding and driving real-time customer engagement. This model will standardize how data is structured and vastly expedite the process of gaining insights from massive amounts of data.
This new approach is being designed in conjunction with other industry leaders. AppDynamics, Acxiom, Dun & Bradstreet, Qualtrics, Zendesk, [24]7, and MasterCard are participating with Adobe and Microsoft in the development of this new data model and are committed to building applications based on the common language.
By providing end-to-end integration at the platform level, customers can more easily customize their apps, capture behavioral data within web and mobile apps, and glean insights from across Adobe and Microsoft services as well as any platforms that support the data model. Both companies are expected to provide an update on the progress at Microsoft Build 2017 on May 10-12.
About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
About Adobe
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

Dividend of $0.39 per share payable in June.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 14, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, to its board of directors effective immediately.
Microsoft also announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share.  The dividend is payable June 8, 2017, to shareholders of record on May 18, 2017. The ex-dividend date will be May 16, 2017.
Hoffman, 49, has been with Greylock Partners, where he is currently a partner, for the past seven years. He co-founded LinkedIn in 2002, and before that he served as an executive vice president at PayPal. He currently serves on the boards of Edmodo, Convoy and Blockstream. In addition, he serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Wrapp and Kiva.org, and the chair of the West Coast advisory board for QuestBridge.
“We continually evaluate opportunities to bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to our board, and Reid’s appointment reflects that,” said John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman. “His expertise will be a valuable addition.”
“I’ve long admired Reid’s ability to identify disruptive technologies and the passion we share for how digital platforms can create new opportunity for people around the world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “As a board member, Reid’s leadership and strategic perspective will help chart the future of our company as we aim to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
Adding Hoffman to the board increases Microsoft’s board to 12 members.
Hoffman will be appointed to the Regulatory and Public Policy Committee.
In addition to Hoffman, Microsoft’s board of directors consists of John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chairman; William H. Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor; G. Mason Morfit, president, ValueAct Capital; Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft; Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Sandra E. Peterson, executive vice president, Group Worldwide Chairman for Johnson & Johnson; Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW AG; Charles W. Scharf, former chief executive officer of Visa Inc.; John W. Stanton, chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners and Trilogy International Partners; Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gap Inc.; and Padmasree Warrior, chief development officer of NextEV, and chief executive officer of U.S. for NextEV.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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