Microsoft applauds introduction of bipartisan, bicameral trade promotion authority legislation

Trade agreements are part of a broad strategy to expand opportunity, adjust to competition, and demonstrate leadership in innovation. All of which should result in better jobs and growth for our country. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 introduced today is an important step forward. We hope it paves the way for rapid action in Congress. Technology is driving economic growth at home and abroad, global competition Read more »

Volunteers – A critical contribution to our communities

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Microsoft employees have always been passionate about supporting their communities and causes. Recently, many asked how they can do more, so we launched Tech Talent for Good to extend the skills of our employees to nonprofit organizations who often lack the technology expertise required to do their very best for their clients. In our Tech Talent for Good program, we’re working with a number of nonprofit partners through the Taproot Read more »

Enhancing Diversity in the Legal Profession – A New Program with UW School of Law

Today is a very exciting day for those committed to promoting and enhancing diversity within the legal profession. The University of Washington School of Law announced the Gregoire Fellows program aimed at helping to attract diverse college graduates to attend law school, and in particular the University of Washington. We hope to learn from this pilot program, and to increase the diversity of the lawyers in Puget Sound region. Microsoft Read more »

Our legal challenge to a US government search warrant

Last evening, we filed our reply brief in our ongoing legal challenge to the U.S. government’s attempt to force us to turn over a customer’s email stored in our Irish data center. As we stated in our brief, we believe the law is on the side of privacy in this case. We were gratified by the large number of organizations and individuals that filed amicus briefs in this case in Read more »

Students flock to Computer Science Fair in Redmond to explore exciting futures

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Last week, more than 1,600 Washington state high school students and teachers traveled to Microsoft to explore the awesome educational and career opportunities offered by computer science. Students who attended are part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft YouthSpark to bring computer science (CS) education to every high school. The program partners technology industry professionals with classroom teachers to “team teach” computer Read more »

New e-book shares views on youth and digital media

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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Youth and Media this week released a new e-book, “Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media.” A first-of-its kind volume, the e-book combines essays from 30 academics, government officials, technology industry members and practitioners, with visual contributions from 25 young people, all from more than a dozen countries. The book is a result of the Digitally Connected Symposium, co-sponsored by Read more »

Microsoft announces pilot program to hire people with autism

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In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Thursday, I had the privilege to attend and speak at an event held at the United Nations in New York City, where the theme was “Autism, The Employment Advantage.” This theme resonates with me on two levels. First, as a parent. I am the proud mom of Shawn, now 19, diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. Secondly, as a proud Read more »

An update on Microsoft’s approach to Do Not Track

As industry standards evolve, how we implement those standards evolve as well. So to reflect the current requirements of the privacy standard for tracking preferences, Microsoft is changing how Do Not Track (DNT) is implemented in future versions of our browsers: We will no longer enable it as the default state in Windows Express Settings. While our implementation of DNT two years ago in Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) was Read more »

Panel outlines need to balance privacy, innovation with Internet of Things

IoT, Internet of Things, Privacy

As our world becomes increasingly connected, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents immense opportunity for businesses and consumers alike. Balancing privacy and security with this rapidly developing market of health wearables, connected homes, smart cities and vehicle-to-vehicle communication is imperative. That was the key takeaway from a conversation last week at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The @Microsoft conversation, “Privacy & Innovation in the Age of the Internet Read more »

When transparency alone isn’t enough

Today, we are publishing our bi-annual Law Enforcement Requests Report and U.S National Security Order Report. These reports detail the long-held policies Microsoft follows for responding to requests, the number of requests Microsoft has received for customer information from law enforcement agencies around the world, how Microsoft responded to those requests, and aggregated data on national security related data requests Microsoft received from the U.S. government. The Law Enforcement Requests Read more »

Paid time off matters: Ensuring minimum standards for the people at our suppliers

We believe paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy. Today we’re announcing that over the next year we will make changes to ensure that a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the U.S. provide their employees who handle our work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year. We’re publishing this blog today to share information both on what Read more »