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 »

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 »