Microsoft releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report

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At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We care deeply about how we achieve that mission and our lasting impact on the world. Across the company, we are working to apply the power of technology to ensure corporate responsibility, safeguard human rights and protect our planet. This commitment is central to why many of our employees come to work … Read more »

A hackathon winner crowned, an entrepreneur’s heartfelt motivation and some inspiring careers — Weekend Reading: Aug. 12 edition

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An innovative idea that takes the tedium out of organizing facts, an entrepreneur who risked bankruptcy to help save the woman he loves, and a man’s difficult journey to a career at Microsoft — it’s been a week of inspiring news around Microsoft. We’ve rounded up the highlights for this latest edition of Weekend Reading. On Tuesday, a team of Microsoft employees was crowned grand prize winner of this year’s … 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 »

Business, Media and Civil Society Speak Up in Key Privacy Case

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Today represents an important milestone in our litigation concerning the U.S. Government’s attempt to use a search warrant to compel Microsoft to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That’s because 10 groups are filing their “friend of the court” briefs in New York today. Seldom has a case below the Supreme Court attracted the breadth and depth of legal involvement we’re seeing today. Today’s ten briefs … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 9th Edition—Microsoft Office Mix reinvents PowerPoint presentations

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Microsoft Office Mix, the latest in cybersecurity reports and several ways Skype can help make Mother’s Day more memorable. Office Mix, a cloud-based service that helps create and share interactive lessons using PowerPoint, became available Thursday as a free preview. You can also add videos and exercises from websites like the CK-12 Foundation and Khan Academy. Read more … Read more »

San Francisco City and County moving to Office 365 for cloud email

The City and County of San Francisco is upgrading its cloud email to Office 365 for 29,000 employees to improve how key public safety services – law enforcement, fire and rescue, and health – are delivered to citizens, and to reduce IT management costs, writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government. Marc Touitou, chief information officer of San Francisco, said city officials believe San Francisco will … Read more »

Privacy authorities across Europe approve Microsoft’s cloud commitments

This is an important week for the protection of our customers’ privacy. The European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. This ensures that our customers can use Microsoft services to move data freely through our cloud from Europe to the rest of the world. Building on this approval, we will now take proactive steps to expand these … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 14th Edition — ‘Titanfall’ makes landfall

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the launch of “Titanfall” on Xbox One, Office 365 Personal will be offered and Microsoft in Education’s continuing commitment to student privacy rights. “Titanfall,” the game that really is larger than life, came to Xbox One this week, and there were no shortage of ways to celebrate this first-person shooter that’s giving the genre a big lift. Literally. In the … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Dec. 20th Edition–‘Biggest holiday season yet’ for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the momentum building behind Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app downloads, how Bing broke out of the (search) box in 2013 and a Microsoft researcher who uses data to power his predictions. Buoyed by new gift cards and other promotions, as well as the “biggest holiday season yet,” app development for the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store is … Read more »

Reforming government surveillance

The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues. Today, we are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance. Since Microsoft was founded, we’ve believed technology is a powerful tool that can help people. In that belief we remain steadfast. But we also … Read more »