Washington state math wiz takes first prize in national MathCounts competition

This week, Edward Wan, a seventh grader from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle, Washington, became the first-place champion of the 2016 Raytheon MathCounts National Competition. Approximately 140,000 students in the United States participate annually in school MathCounts competitions, leading up to this big event. It was a particularly proud moment for those of us at Microsoft. For the past 10 years, we’ve hosted on our campus the MathCounts Lake Washington Read more »

Microsoft applauds signing of Defend Trade Secrets Act into law

Today, President Obama signed The Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890) into law.  The DTSA will provide a much needed federal standard and remedy for trade secret misappropriation.  The DTSA passed Congress with nearly unanimous support, thanks to the strong bipartisan efforts of bill sponsors and Senate and House Judiciary Committee leaders, and Administration support.  Microsoft applauds this landmark effort to protect America’s innovation leadership and competitiveness in global markets.

Family Online Safety Institute joins fight against child sexual abuse

Family Online Safety Institute joins fight against child sexual abuse

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is expanding its focus and has relaunched its Global Resource and Information Directory, or GRID, to explicitly include combatting child sexual exploitation and abuse. Microsoft has supported FOSI and GRID since it was first launched in 2010. We are also actively engaged in the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, started three years ago and still led by the U.K. government. Read more »

Why this biotech patent case is significant for the software industry

It’s with good reason that the patent case of Sequenom Inc v. Ariosa Diagnostics gained incredible attention in the biomedical community. When the biotech company Sequenom developed a new way to identify potential fetal health and developmental risks through a maternal blood test instead of through an invasive procedure, it was considered a breakthrough in neonatal medicine. According to the courts, however, this innovation cannot be protected by patent rights. Read more »

Microsoft partners with Legal Services Corporation and Pro Bono Net to create access to justice portal

Imagine you are single, with two kids, one in diapers. You have steady work, but after paying for commuting, child care, food and rent, there isn’t much left over. You speak Spanish natively, and English well enough to get by. Things are going along pretty well until the heat fails, repeatedly, in your apartment. When the landlord doesn’t fix it despite your complaints, you withhold rent, as you are legally Read more »

5 questions with We Day Seattle participant Aishwarya Manoharan

YouthSpark, education, STEM, We Day Seattle 2016

Microsoft Philanthropies is a founding sponsor of We Day California and We Day Seattle, stadium-sized celebrations of youth making a difference locally and globally. Sponsoring We Day is one way Microsoft Philanthropies works to empower young people to achieve more for themselves, their communities and the world. Aishwarya Manoharan is a standout We Day Seattle participant who will attend the April 20 event. The Woodinville High School senior is a Read more »