Last week saw some good news for the UK tech scene as Silicon Roundabout is set to get a boost from the £85 million ($133 million) fund set up by the Mayor of London along with six tech investors.

The Mayor’s Office will support the fund with £25 million and the further £60 million is from the six private sector partners. It is predicted that the London Co-Investment Fund will invest in 150 companies in the next three years which means about 2,600 new jobs in London.

A gap in the market has been identified to be in science, technology and digital and the fund targets small businesses in these areas. While the government-backed fund is good news for start-ups, the best way the Government can support the UK’s rising stars is by procuring from them.

As I stated in a recent post for TechWorld, central government alone spends £7 billion a year on just IT and even if direct spend to SMEs increased by just a few per cent, it could prove transformative for small businesses. The public sector would also benefit by getting access to more innovative and agile technology. Investing more in UK businesses is the simplest way to drive innovation and increase UK entrepreneurialism.

In other news, Microsoft ventured into the (now not so) new world of mobile with the purchase of mobile email Acompli. With more than $200 million reportedly spent on the start-up, Microsoft clearly means business and finally seems to be plugging some of the gaps in its mobile offering. As Microsoft Corporate Vice President Rajesh Jha, stated in the company’s blog post:

“In a world where more than half of email messages are first read on a mobile device, it’s essential to give people fantastic email experiences wherever they go.”

So, what will Microsoft do with Acompli? Only time will tell, but it shows that the organization is now serious about supporting alternative mobile operating systems.

As the holiday season fast-approaches, onto more seasonal news, across the pond the 92nd annual White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony got a tech spin this year. Google’s Made with Code campaign has more than 300, 000 participants, mostly young women aged from 4 to 20, who have programmed how the lights will shine on the official White House Christmas tree. It’s fantastic to see people being encouraged to get involved in computer science from such a young age.

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