The Business Case for Marriage Equality

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As a business leader I see the importance of diversity and inclusion for our company on a day-to-day basis. Strengthening LGBT equality – including marriage equality – plays a critical role in promoting diversity and inclusion. As Managing Director of Microsoft in Ireland, I have witnessed immense social and economic change over the past fifteen years. The country first benefitted from economic growth, then a subsequent downturn with significant social … Read more »

Building Trust Requires a Dynamic and Diverse Workforce

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As we leave behind Girls in ICT day for another year, I reflect on the great opportunity and visibility it gives to the movement of women and girls in the technology sector. However, the day is also a reminder of how much work there is still to do. Microsoft has long been involved in the efforts to increase diversity within our industry and in particular to encourage more women to … Read more »

Latest World Economic Forum report: Bringing benefits of the digital economy to all

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Expanding our vibrant digital economy and empowering everyone to realize its benefits is an important goal – and one that requires collaboration between many players. That’s why we have participated in the World Economic Forum’s Digital Infrastructure and Applications 2020+ initiative for the past two years. We’ve worked together with industry partners – including network operators, equipment vendors and other application providers – to identify common goals and productive actions … Read more »

Mainstreaming Digital Mavericks

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A quiet revolution is taking place in Europe’s classrooms. All across the continent, pioneering teachers, curious children and forward-thinking decision-makers are slowly but surely reshaping how we view the role of technology in education. This shift isn’t just about getting more high-tech devices into schools – although the integration of technology into learning environments can drive collaboration, creativity and greater student success, as shown through the use of personalized devices … Read more »

Microsoft partners up to spark success for European youth

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We are excited to announce that we are renewing our existing partnerships with two pan-European youth organizations: JA Europe, Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programs, and Telecentre Europe, which represents public centers providing ICT training, certification and employment opportunities. In addition, we are embarking on a new partnership with CoderDojo, the global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. This engagement is part of Microsoft YouthSpark, … Read more »

Youth and the Digital Economy: The Time is Now

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To foster economic growth and job creation in Europe we need more entrepreneurs. To meet market demands we need to ensure Europeans hold the skills required to fill existing vacancies or start up on their own. To increase Europe’s competitiveness in the global economy we need to embrace innovation – embrace the future – and invest in the education of the next generation of workers. Today, youth unemployment rates remain … Read more »

Empowering a Generation with Digital Skills

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A key conference is taking place in Brussels this week, one where the spotlight will not be on Heads of State, national ministers or EU officials – but on Europe’s youth. The Latvian Presidency’s EU Youth Conference is part of a commitment to engage directly with young people on the issues that matter most to them. And among the topics on the agenda will be the issue of digital literacy. … Read more »

Staying on Track for Europe’s Digital Single Market

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With this coming May earmarked for the long-anticipated launch of the European Commission’s overarching Digital Single Market strategy, now is a good moment to consider why it’s vital to get the digital single market right and what’s at stake if we don’t. It’s been suggested that, with the right support, the digital sector could grow seven times faster than overall EU GDP in years to come. Achieving a fully-functioning digital … Read more »

Microsoft on The World’s Most Ethical Companies list 5 years in a row

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At Microsoft, we work hard to build and maintain trust through a shared commitment to ethical and transparent business practices. We are proud that because of our commitments and actions, we are included in the 2015 list of The World’s Most Ethical Companies®

Joining the Digital Dots

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The Internet ecosystem is a vibrant, busy and ever-evolving environment: a vast expanse that connects an array of digital organisms in a complex, interdependent community. In recent years, European policy initiatives have focused on nurturing this ecosystem, with a raft of new measures to achieve a European digital single market being placed front and centre of the policy discussion. Two of the most debated issues have been the need for … Read more »