Going the last mile: The power of affordable Internet access

Fisherfolk at work on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. Over the last 50 years, Bohol has lost 90 percent of its fish.

Spanning 97 miles, Danajon Bank in the Philippines is a rare marine life wonder. Just one of six double barrier reefs in the world, it is home to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass biomes, tiger-tail seahorses and other natural wonders. But if you visited the reef in recent years, you would be struck by the absence of one vital creature – fish. One island, Bohol, has lost 90 percent of its … Read more »

Global Diversity & Inclusion update – Sharing our latest workforce numbers

Earlier today, we released our latest workforce demographic numbers on our Global Diversity & Inclusion website. I encourage anyone with an interest in diversity at Microsoft – as well as anyone interested in diversity within the tech industry as a whole – to visit this website and familiarize themselves with our latest information. As I look at our numbers, I see a story that to some degree is being repeated … Read more »

Education Underground Workshop, ‘Future Visions’ and Connect(); – Weekend Reading: Nov. 20 edition


Welcome back to another installment of Weekend Reading! We had a big week on several fronts, such as education, research and innovations for developers. Microsoft hosted a group of educators, students and industry leaders on Monday through the Education Underground Workshop, which highlighted the company’s commitment to make learning more engaging and accessible, while empowering every student on the planet to achieve more. The event at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus … Read more »

Enterprise security for our mobile-first, cloud-first world

Satya for slideshow

Today, I was able to join Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Washington, D.C., where he delivered a keynote that highlighted the need for a new approach to security. He shared how Microsoft uses its unique insight into the threat landscape to help better protect customers, and showcased how Microsoft technologies work in tandem with each other, and with solutions from the security ecosystem, to deliver a holistic, agile, security platform … Read more »

Microsoft salutes veterans, Brad Smith spells out company’s stand on cybersecurity, and computers can now recognize feelings — Weekend Reading: Nov. 13 edition

Welcome back to Weekend Reading! The past seven days were particularly rich with good stories, especially ones that inspire what’s known in Internet speak as “all the feels.” On Veterans Day, America’s annual celebration of those who have served in the armed forces, Microsoft created a heartwarming and inspiring slideshow. It featured former service members who currently work at the company talking about how their military service helped them become … Read more »

In the cloud we trust

Jan. 21, 2015 was an interesting day. It was the day Microsoft invited a small group of tech journalists to its Redmond, Washington, headquarters for a big announcement. In the past, news this momentous might have been accompanied by a famous rock band or fireworks, but when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 and HoloLens, they were in an intimate, coffeehouse-style room sipping coffee with house music playing in the background. Elsewhere the world, … Read more »

Microsoft to acquire Secure Islands, a leader in data protection technology

Furthering Microsoft’s investments in security technology, I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Secure Islands, an innovator in advanced information protection solutions. This acquisition accelerates our ability to help customers secure their business data no matter where it is stored – across on-premises systems, Microsoft cloud services like Azure and Office 365, third-party services, and any Windows, iOS or Android device. Businesses continue … Read more »

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records – Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

Microsoft expands IT training for active-duty US service members, ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ breaks records– Weekend Reading: Nov. 6 edition

It was a good week for Master Chief, and for U.S. service members seeking to master IT skills to help them transition from military to civilian life. Let’s get to it! The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is expanding from three locations to nine, and will be servicing 12 military installations. The MSSA program uses a service member’s time prior to transitioning out of the service to train him … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Mobile Data Labs to advance intelligent productivity solutions for the mobile workforce


I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Mobile Data Labs, creator of the popular MileIQ app and an innovator in intelligent productivity solutions for mobile professionals. This acquisition is the latest example of Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business process in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. In the US alone, there are over 55 million small business employees, entrepreneurs and other mobile professionals. This “self-directed workforce,” as Mobile Data … Read more »

Microsoft and Red Hat partner to deliver more flexibility and choice

The cloud is changing the world, offering enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers alike endless scale, speed and agility in a cost-effective way. I’ve been talking with customers about “why cloud” for years. Recently there has been a shift in these conversations, as the benefits have become undeniable. Now, for customers everywhere, the new question is “how cloud.” “How cloud” comes down to customers embracing the cloud on their … Read more »

Opening doors for service members and the tech industry


In the coming years, the technology industry is facing a shortage of candidates who are trained and qualified for the roles needed to build the innovative devices, online services and business infrastructure of the future. At the same time, U.S. military service members transitioning to civilian life find themselves challenged to translate their military skills and accomplishments into terms that employers can understand, and to identify the careers that will … Read more »