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


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


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 »

Protecting customer data from government snooping

The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. Many of our customers have serious concerns about government surveillance of the Internet. We share their concerns. That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data. Like many others, we are especially alarmed by recent allegations in the press of … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Oct. 25th Edition–New phablets, tablets, apps and games unveiled at Nokia World


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new devices, apps and games announced at Nokia World, the retail release of the newest generation of Surface devices and inroads Office 365 has made with both private and public organizations. At Nokia World, the spotlight was on new devices, apps and games. Two new smartphones were unveiled: the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 (the former is pictured below), … Read more »