Lady Gaga, Yale launch “Emotion Revolution” in U.S. schools

Emotion Revolution

It’s time to stop telling American high-schoolers to “suck it up” and swallow the pressures of young adulthood, say Lady Gaga and leaders of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Instead, the somewhat unlikely duo wants to empower young people to make schools and communities places where emotions matter and all students can thrive. Enter, the “Emotion Revolution.” New research from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence shows 75 percent of 22,000 Read more »

Microsoft Receives UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Award

Figure 1 - Community members document seedlings in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve. Image courtesy of Infinite Earth Rimba Raya Field Team

Today, we are pleased and honored to announce that Microsoft has been recognized as a 2015 Lighthouse Activity winner by the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s  (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change initiative for our work in establishing an internal carbon fee. Making Global Progress The carbon fee has been honored in the ‘Financing for Climate Friendly Investment’ category of Lighthouse Activities. This category showcases activities that promote low-carbon growth and Read more »

Microsoft testifies on fighting technical support scams

Today, David Finn, associate general counsel and executive director of the Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft, will testify before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding technical support scams. Tech support scams are perhaps the single largest consumer fraud perpetrated in America today, victimizing an estimated 3.3 million people each year — many of them senior citizens — at an annual cost of $1.5 billion. This translates to a Read more »

The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube

When people who care about technology look back at the year 2015, they will remember October as the month when the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor collapsed. An international legal agreement that has been in place for 15 years was invalidated in a single day. On Oct. 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down an international legal regime that over 4,000 companies have been relying upon not just Read more »

Why research remains so important to innovation – and to a vital economy

Microsoft’s research investments in speech, natural language processing and machine learning have contributed to the development of Skype Translator and Cortana. The company’s investments in biological computing and quantum computing are examples of “our bets on the future of computing,” writes Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, who oversees the company’s core research labs. At Microsoft, basic research is supported through Microsoft Research labs because “we believe that Read more »

New Transparency Hub debuts with latest reports

Transparency Hub Screenshot

Today Microsoft is launching a new transparency website, bringing together our existing transparency reports including the Law Enforcement Requests Report and U.S. National Security Orders Report. It also includes a new transparency report that details requests we receive from a variety of parties seeking the removal of online content. The new Microsoft Transparency Hub, which can be found at www.microsoft.com/transparency, is intended to provide easy access to a number of Read more »

A message to our customers about EU – US Safe Harbor

We appreciate that some of our customers have questions about the impact of the ruling today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) about the EU – US Safe Harbor Framework. In particular some customers may ask if this means that they will no longer be able to transfer their customer data from the European Union to the United States. For Microsoft’s enterprise cloud customers, we believe the clear answer Read more »

Cyber Security Awareness Month goes international

October kicks off Cyber Security Awareness Month – 31 days dedicated to raising public awareness about staying safer and more secure online. And, this 13th annual event is even more distinctive: It marks five years since the launch of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the month’s signature campaign and now a global call to action. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is a simple, easily understood message designed to drive people to action to help Read more »

Microsoft hosts renowned ID theft expert to kick off expanded AARP partnership to stop tech scams

cybercrime, security, online safety

Have you or a family member ever answered a questionable phone call asking for money to solve a potential computer problem? Odds are someone you know has. Scammers convince victims to spend hundreds of dollars on phony tech support services by trading on the good names of companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and others. Since May 2014, Microsoft has received over 175,000 customer complaints regarding fraudulent tech support scams. This Read more »

Microsoft welcomes US State Department Global Connect initiative

We’d like to congratulate the U.S. State Department on its demonstration of leadership with the Global Connect initiative. The Internet and the Web have transformed our lives – the way we find information, the way we communicate, how we run our businesses, how we entertain ourselves, how efficiently we use resources – the list is endless. But the sad fact is that nearly two-thirds of the global population has no Read more »