USA Freedom Act: An important step forward

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Congress passed by a 2-to-1 margin the USA Freedom Act, which will bring about significant reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs once it is signed into law as expected by President Obama. The USA Freedom Act strikes an important balance between protecting public safety and preserving civil liberties. In addition to protecting personal privacy, it provides for greater transparency and increased accountability about the government’s Read more »

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

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

Hour of Code, education, computer science

Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Microsoft hosts technology training for Latino student leaders

We’re focused on creating technology that empowers people to do amazing things. And, our YouthSpark initiative embodies our belief that young people have a particular opportunity to harness technology to bring about positive change in the world around them. Whether it is contributing as skilled employees, building their own businesses as entrepreneurs, or solving problems to strengthen their communities, we’re committed to helping these young people achieve their goals. Dynamic Read more »

Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard

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 »

The LEADS Act: A common sense reform of our outdated privacy laws

Today’s bipartisan introduction of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015 is an important step to reform our outdated privacy laws. We commend the sponsors – Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller – for introducing this critical legislation in the United States Senate. Microsoft supports the LEADS Act for its common sense reforms. The LEADS Act is a real solution to a real problem. For the Read more »

The business case for marriage equality

Last month’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland included many important topics. One topic discussed more broadly this year was the issue of diversity and inclusion, including the business case for stronger steps to promote LGBT equality. This issue is increasingly front and center around the world as the result of important initiatives such as the United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign. It was good to Read more »