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 »

Microsoft joins with others in call to reform government surveillance

Today, Microsoft and members of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, along with civil liberties advocates, sent a letter to the White House and Congressional leaders supporting essential reforms to the USA Patriot Act. As we’ve said before, these reforms must include an end to bulk collection and allow for companies to be transparent about the requests they receive for information. We understand that governments play a vital role in helping protect Read more »

Introducing CityWorks: Making Chicago a global hub for urban infrastructure innovation

CityWorks, IoT, Internet of Things

Microsoft believes that technology can empower people and organizations to tackle key societal challenges. Cities are at the forefront of discovering creative ways to use technology to address enduring problems and opportunities. A tremendous example of these innovative approaches is CityWorks, a new initiative in Chicago announced today. CityWorks is bringing together companies, government, research institutions and civic organizations to focus on urban infrastructure innovation. Microsoft is proud to be a founding partner Read more »

New patent licensing agreements enable collaboration and innovation

Today we are pleased to announce that Fuji Xerox, a leading provider of document managing systems, and Microsoft have signed a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. It builds on our 2007 cross-licensing agreement, and offers expanded patent coverage to both companies. This news follows our announcement on Monday of a similar licensing collaboration deal with Melco Holdings. Our initial agreements with Fuji Xerox and Melco Holdings were signed in 2007 and Read more »

Experts: Don’t blame the victims of youth ‘selfies’

(This is the second of two posts on recently released research about inappropriate images featuring youth.) It’s a mistake to blame young people who take sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves when those images end up being redistributed over the Internet, according to experts who gathered in London this week to discuss a new study by the U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). It’s also a mistake to assume that Read more »

Microsoft protects student privacy, while encouraging innovation

Cloud-based tools help create rich, personalized instruction in schools, but pose tough challenges for student and family privacy, writes Cameron Evans, chief technology officer for Microsoft Education. “In order for personalized learning to be more than a hollow promise, technology must be used to gather personal information from students,” Evans writes Tuesday in the Microsoft in Education Blog. “But how that data is handled matters.” He says Microsoft is committed Read more »

Microsoft attorneys honored by Savoy Magazine as being among ‘2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers’

On Tuesday, Savoy Magazine named Microsoft attorneys Bruce Jackson, Assistant General Counsel, Enterprise & Partner Group, and Neal Suggs, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Sales Group, to its “2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. The list is comprised of the “best of the best” black lawyers in top law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies. Both Jackson and Suggs are accomplished attorneys who have distinguished themselves Read more »

New data on youth ‘nudes’ show highly disturbing trend

Online safety, selfies, youths

Young people around the globe are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the phenomenon appears to be occurring among younger and younger age groups, according to results from a new study sponsored by Microsoft. Data released today by the U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) show 17.5 percent of the more than 3,800 sexually explicit photos and videos analyzed by IWF late last year were produced by Read more »