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 »

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 »

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 »

Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard

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Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy. It’s another reason customers can move with confidence to the Microsoft Cloud. The standard in question may seem technical, but it has important practical benefits for enterprise customers around the world. It’s known as ISO/IEC 27018, and it was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) … Read more »

Sharing Spectrum for Better Broadband

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Last week marked a turning point for wireless communication in Europe. Ofcom, the UK’s independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, has decided to enable industry access to TV white spaces (TVWS) – the gaps between radio spectrum in frequency bands which are usually exclusively used for television transmissions. Ofcom’s decision is a significant one because at the moment there simply isn’t enough capacity in the radio … Read more »

Groundbreaking project assesses public cloud for a more resilient Estonia

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Cloud computing is increasingly inspiring organizations to rethink how they use IT to accomplish their goals. Around the world, we see cloud service adoption unlocking speed, scale, and economic benefits. Governments are taking note and following suit; Microsoft is helping them to use cloud services to create scalable, interactive citizen portals, collaborate more easily, deliver volumes of data to citizens all while reducing costs and ensuring the security, resilience and … Read more »

Europe stands at the threshold of computer science education

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Europe stands on the threshold of a major revolution in the way we teach our children of computing. A succession of major European reports (Royal Society, Informatics Europe, CEPIS) has diagnosed the problem, and there is a settled consensus on what to do. Yet progress is slow and patchy. Let’s fix that! It is no longer enough simply to teach our children how to use computers. To a large extent … Read more »