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Perspective: Institutional Adoption of STOs and Digital Assets in 2020

Back in December, I wrote a piece for Coindesk’s Year in Review 2019 entitled “Security Token Offerings Are (Finally) Set for Takeoff in 2020”.  This was before word of COVID-19 became widespread and before many of the cataclysmic events of 2020 were even imaginable.  Thus… Read More

Digital Transformation: Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority to Migrate Online Services to Microsoft Cloud

The Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) recently revealed that it will be migrating its online services to the Microsoft Cloud in order to move forward with its digital transformation strategy. The move to Microsoft Cloud comes after the Middle Eastern nation’s Ministry of Transport… Read More

UAE’s Buy Now Pay Later Fintech Spotii to Support Business Growth with Microsoft AppSource by using its Network to Co-Market Services

Dubai’s Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) Fintech firm Spotii has officially launched on Microsoft AppSource, which is an app store and online marketplace for companies using various Microsoft products. Spotii’s digital platform allows fashion, beauty, and lifestyle retail outlets to provide more flexible payment plans… Read More

Major South Korean Financial Institution, Shinhan Bank, Launches Fintech Lab, Will Also Use ICONLOOP’s Decentralized ID Solution

South Korea based Shinhan Bank, one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, has established a Fintech lab in order to work closely with other IT and financial technology firms in other countries. Shinhan Bank reportedly began remodeling its Myeongdong branch building in order to set… Read More

Standard Chartered Announces Three-Year Strategic Partnership With Microsoft to Become Cloud-First Bank

Standard Chartered Bank announced on Monday it has formed a three-year strategic partnership with Microsoft to accelerate its plans to become a cloud-first bank. Standard Chartered reported that the partnership makes a significant milestone for its virtual banking, next-generation payments, open banking, and banking-as-a-service efforts…. Read More

Strong Customer Authentication, a Requirement to Combat Payments Fraud, Might Lead to Many Customers Abandoning Purchases at Checkout

Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) testing performed by tech giant Microsoft reveals that consumers are actually leaving their planned purchases at relatively high rates when challenged at the time of checkout. SCA is a European regulatory requirement that aims to reduce or eliminate fraudulent activities and… Read More

Mastercard Teams Up With Microsoft For Digital Commerce Innovation Push

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) announced on Tuesday has teamed up with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) for digital commerce innovation push. According to the duo, this new collaboration will accelerate Mastercard Labs’ native research and development activities, as well as Azure and AI, to advance Mastercard Labs’ mission… Read More

Regtech Mirrorweb Joins Microsoft Scaleup Program

Mirrorweb, a web archiving and monitoring solution used by financial services firms and governments, has been selected to participate in the Microsoft ScaleUp program, an exclusive initiative that grants a small number of high-growth companies access to Microsoft’s sales, marketing, and technical support. Mirrorweb shares… Read More

COVID-19 Prevention: Baseline Protocol Developers Propose Blockchain-enabled Coronavirus Contact Tracing Solution

The developers of Baseline, an enterprise-grade smart contract and tokenization platform created by Microsoft, Ernst & Young (EY), and Ethereum development studio ConsenSys, aim to solve a number of flaws reportedly found in Apple and Google’s proposal for Coronavirus (COVID-19) tracking projects. Google and Apple… Read More

iComply Joins Forces With Microsoft to Enable Remote KYC & AML Verification

Canadian regtech company iComply Investor Services announced on Friday it has joined forces with Microsoft to offer its intelligent KYC and AML services through over 64,000 Microsoft solutions providers worldwide. The collaboration reportedly enables financial services providers to fast track their digital transition and enable a… Read More

Digital Receipts Firm Ethoca, a Division of Mastercard, to Extend its Services to Microsoft Customers

Ethoca, a division of payments giant Mastercard, has revealed that it’s extending one of its ongoing collaborative initiatives, which allows Microsoft Corporation customers to get convenient access to digital or online receipts. Users may access the digital receipts provided by Ethoca via their regular mobile-based… Read More

Microsoft Launches “Money in Excel” Experience Powered By Plaid

U.S. fintech Plaid announced earlier this week it is now powering Microsoft’s Money in Excel experience. Plaid reported that Money in Excel features a Plaid integration and the capabilities essentially turn the spreadsheet software into a fintech app. Plaid also revealed that the new experience… Read More

ThetaRay, Provider of Big Data and AI-enhanced Analytics Tools, Joins Microsoft’s Partner Program to Offer AML Solution

ThetaRay, a provider of Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced analytics tools, has joined Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) partner program, One Commercial Partner, which provides various cloud-powered solutions. ThetaRay’s anti-money laundering (AML) solution for correspondent banking can be accessed through Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace. A large US bank… Read More

Bakkt Raises $300 Million Backed by Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group & More

Bakkt has raised $300 million in a funding round led by very big names including Microsoft’s M12, PayU, Boston Consulting Group, Goldfinch Partners, CMT Digital, and Pantera Capital. Of course, Bakkt’s sibling the Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) participated as well. The Form D (506b) filed with… Read More

Digital Transformation: Standard Bank South Africa to Migrate Core SAP Cloud-based Platform to Microsoft Azure

Standard Bank South Africa recently revealed that its migrating its core SAP cloud-powered platform to Microsoft Azure, in order to enhance customer experience and to be able to more effectively deploy new solutions. By teaming up with tech giant Microsoft, the financial institution hopes to… Read More

EY Announces “Baseline Protocol” Blockchain, Open-Sourced in the Public Domain, Partners with Microsoft, ConsenSys

EY, a global consultancy active in the blockchain sector, has announced a “Baseline Protocol” for the Ethereum blockchain that has been placed in the public domain. EY has partnered with Microsoft as well as ConseSys on the project. Inviduals can express their interest in contributing… Read More

Commercial Blockchain Developer Lition Confirms that Microsoft has Integrated its DLT-based Solution to its Azure Cloud Marketplace

Lition, the developer of a commercial blockchain network, confirmed on February 18 that tech giant Microsoft has integrated its distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based solution to its Azure cloud marketplace.   The integration with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform notably makes Lition one of the few public (permissionless)… Read More

Digital Transformation: Deutsche Bank Is Accepting Bids from Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Help Upgrade its Legacy IT Systems

Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), a global investment bank and financial services company based in Frankfurt, Germany and dual-listed in New York Stock Exchange and Frankfurt Stock Exchange (with  €1.34 trillion assets), is reportedly inviting project bids from Amazon, Google and Microsoft in order to upgrade its… Read More

Microsoft Azure Adds New Tokenization and Blockchain-based Data Management Services

Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) blockchain-powered cloud-based service Microsoft Azure has added new tokenization and DLT-enabled data management services. The Redmond, Washington-based multinational technology company formally announced the introduction of Azure Blockchain Tokens and a blockchain data manager tool in a blog post published on December 6…. Read More

Microsoft’s Azure Managed Service that Enables Ledger-based Tokens Now Available for Preview

Microsoft has been working in the distributed ledger space for years now. Yesterday, as part of its foray into blockchain technology, Microsoft announced that Azure Blockchain Tokens is now in preview. Azure Blockchain Tokens is a new Azure managed service that enables users to speed… Read More

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