Safer Internet Day 2016: The perfect time to take stock of our online habits and practices

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Today is Safer Internet Day, an international day of action to promote safer, more responsible use of technology and services, particularly among children and young people. In 2016, as with the last decade-plus of Safer Internet Days, Microsoft is taking part in numerous activities on multiple continents. Here in the U.S., we’ll kick off a series of training events at Microsoft stores to arm individuals and families with important information Read more »

Microsoft supports White House initiative to expand access to computer science

Today, President Barack Obama called for a new national effort to give all American students the opportunity to learn computer science in school – in short, Computer Science for All. As a company, we at Microsoft support the president’s call to action, and we hope that leaders in both parties will use 2016 to find common ground and make this opportunity a reality for the nation’s students. As a company, Read more »

Another step forward for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous support of the Defend Trade Secrets Act – which will create a uniform federal standard for trade secret protection – signals that this legislation is ready for Senate consideration.  Microsoft supports the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and applauds Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, and Senators Orrin Hatch and Christopher Coons for their leadership in shaping and advancing this important measure.

Moving forward on accessibility: Announcing new structure and leads

Today we’re announcing new steps to strengthen Microsoft’s work to make our products more accessible and better serve people with disabilities.  As we’ve discussed over the past year, accessibility is core to our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and we are committed to delivering great technologies that enable people to lead richer lives. Today’s steps build on the initiatives we’ve pursued over Read more »

Our growing patent portfolio

It’s always interesting to see the annual reports of patent issuances that come out from patent offices around the world shortly after the first of the year. Sometimes those numbers tell a story about how those companies are thinking about their innovation assets, but sometimes the numbers can also be inaccurate at some level or confusing. In 2015, Microsoft and Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC (MTL), a subsidiary of Microsoft formed Read more »

Here’s how to increase your online safety savvy in 2016

Child online protection, the sexual exploitation of both children and adults, and fraud and traditional cybercrime featured prominently as online safety concerns in 2015. This year, those – and other – issues appear to be front and center again, further emphasizing the need for risk awareness and smart online habits. Toward that end, Microsoft has created new resources for parents, caregivers and educators on some important topics in online safety, Read more »

Additional steps to help keep your personal information secure

We’re committed to helping our users keep their personal information secure and private. A key part of our work is identifying and preventing unauthorized access to your Microsoft Account (including Outlook.com email and OneDrive) by anyone other than you. We’re taking an additional step today. We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a Read more »

First Microsoft PhotoDNA update adds Linux and OS X support, detections up to 20 times faster

Today we are announcing a major technology update to Microsoft PhotoDNA, the image-matching technology used by organizations and agencies around the world to help fight the spread of child sexual abuse material (aka child pornography) online. Today’s update significantly improves the speed of the PhotoDNA hashing and matching, and expands support to new platforms and programming languages. With its first formal update, PhotoDNA customers will see hashing speeds improve by Read more »

UN General Assembly reaffirms value of multistakeholder process in Internet governance

This has been a great week for the Internet! On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome document of the high-level meeting on the 10-year review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), reaffirming the value of the multistakeholder process in Internet governance and extending the Internet Governance Forum mandate for another 10 years. The original WSIS – which took place in two Read more »

Cloud power disrupts global malware

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A red glow spread across a map of the world displayed on a wall-sized monitor in the Microsoft Cybercrime Center. Within seconds, specialized analytics developed by Microsoft processed millions of individual pieces of data. The analysis revealed the infection rate was more than twice what had been anticipated, with a million more infections lurking just under the surface. Visualizing the data this way confirmed what Microsoft malware analysts and cybercrime Read more »