Our commitment to act on climate change

At a White House event today, Microsoft joined administration officials and industry leaders in support of driving more progress towards climate change mitigation at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris later this year. We applaud the White House for bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders to discuss this critical issue. As innovations continue to advance around resource efficiency and clean energy, information technology can play an important Read more »

Microsoft’s comments on the Proposed Rule under the Wassenaar Arrangement

By Cristin Goodwin, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Today I participated in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discussion on “Decoding the BIS Proposed Rule for Intrusion Software Platforms” and the important topic of the Department of Commerce’s Proposed Rule on Intrusion Software under the Wassenaar Arrangement. We agree strongly that the Department of Commerce’s intent to help prevent the misuse of security technologies by those who seek to violate Read more »

A milestone that deserves recognition: 25 years of the ADA

Twenty-five years ago a landmark piece of legislation became law in the U.S. and changed the face of disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was, and still is today, a pivotal law that for the first time recognized and mandated rights for persons with disabilities. Instead of (literally) crawling to get on a bus, there were ramps and lifts … an endless list of daily battles for people with Read more »

Help figure out how the US can keep food on our tables in a time of climate change

Help figure out how the US can keep food on our tables in a time of climate change

Envision this: The Mississippi River, a major transportation system for the U.S. food supply, dries up and no longer has water. How do we get that food from Point A to Point B? Are there sites along the river’s 2,350 miles for cold storage, so the food doesn’t go bad if river traffic comes to a standstill? It isn’t a plot for a Hollywood movie. It’s a worst-case scenario that Read more »

The ADA at 25: Disability rights and diversity

Today Microsoft joins communities around the country in honoring the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law on July 26, 1990. The anniversary provides an important opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to ending discrimination and securing access, equality and independence for all Americans with disabilities. In the United States today nearly one in five Americans has a disability.[1] The ADA’s reach therefore is hard Read more »

‘Revenge porn:’ Putting victims back in control

When someone shares intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent, the effects can be truly devastating. These gross violations of privacy are commonly (and unartfully) referred to as “revenge porn.” Unfortunately, revenge porn is on the rise across the globe. It can damage nearly every aspect of a victim’s life: relationships, career, social activities. In the most severe and tragic cases, it has even led to suicide. Read more »

Learn about how ‘Patents Fuel the American Dream’ in new video

Today, the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI), together with Microsoft and other partners, released a new video entitled “Patents Fuel the American Dream.” The video highlights how patents continue to play a central role in the global marketplace and have pushed our domestic economy forward by encouraging innovation across all industries, from medicine to manufacturing and technology. Today, America’s intellectual property is worth more than $5 trillion and sustains more Read more »

Every Child Achieves Act will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nationwide

The U.S. Senate this week completed work on a major education overhaul that will increase access to STEM learning nationwide. We applaud the leadership of HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for ushering through legislation on a strong, bipartisan basis that advances some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy. Specifically, the Every Child Achieves Act includes: A provision offered by Sen. Al Read more »

Microsoft and The Natural Capital Project join forces to transform the way we evaluate the services that nature provides

What is the economic value to cities of parks and trees that reduce storm runoff, lower air temperature and improve air quality? What is the value of a wetland that can significantly reduce storm surge damage? What is the value of a forest that prevents landslides, improves air quality and water quality? What would happen if we invested in re-establishing coastal habitats like wetlands and reefs vs. building more cement Read more »

Microsoft applauds bipartisan passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation

The following statement was issued by Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, after today’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “While the issues are challenging, the bottom line is that today’s vote will grow 21st century jobs and investment in the United States. This is true not only for new sectors such as information technology, but for manufacturing as well, given its growing reliance on Read more »

Defining data privacy in a globally connected world

By 2020, researchers estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, taking advantage of technologies that bring us closer together and big data insights that could change the way we solve societal problems. At the same time, governments, companies and advocates are struggling to understand this new environment and establish the right regulations and laws to protect people’s privacy online. It’s a critical question – how do Read more »