Constructive Disruption Can Drive Social Change

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Community Affairs The technology scene today is distinguished by the convergence of device connectivity, software innovation and cloud-based services, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate and collaborate in more powerful ways. But how can these technologies be used by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits to benefit the most vulnerable people in society? Microsoft has published a new whitepaper, Unleashing Technology to Advance Social and Read more »

Public Service Ads Alert Bing Users to Online Scams

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Two weeks ago you heard from me about Microsoft’s enforcement efforts to curb malvertising; today I want to tell you about another approach we are taking to help protect consumers online.   Along with using the legal system to help stop online criminals and fraud, my team does a lot of work with other groups at Microsoft and with public and private organizations around the world developing Read more »

Dublin Data Centre Energizes Microsoft’s Ties to Europe

Posted by John VassalloVice President, EU Affairs I am very excited about an event today that marks an important milestone for Microsoft in Europe:  The opening of our advanced new data centre in Dublin.  As Microsoft’s first large scale data centre outside the United States, this facility is a vibrant sign of our commitment to provide the next-generation computing infrastructure that will power an incredible array of software services ‘in the cloud’ in Read more »

Unlicensed Spectrum a Boon to the Economy

Posted by Anoop Gupta Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy & Strategy As consumers increasingly ask for mobile access to content and information wherever they are, sensible public policy regarding the allocation and efficient use of wireless spectrum is critical to ensuring that people can stay connected – whether they’re sitting in a coffee shop, riding in a car, or walking down the street. The huge importance of spectrum policy was highlighted at Read more »

Making an Education Count Once School is Over

Posted by Pamela PassmanCorporate Vice President While there is broad consensus that education is critical for social and economic development, relatively little attention is given to the issue of ensuring that education has a tangible impact on students’ lives once they leave school. This is particularly true in developing countries.  The unfortunate reality is that the hard work and resources invested in providing a great education are often  lost when disadvantaged Read more »

White House Support for Innovation Will Drive Economic Recovery

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs The way out of our nation’s current economic difficulties is through innovation fostered by investments in education, technical job skills training, and science and technology infrastructure. That’s what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in February at the House Democratic Caucus retreat. Today we are very happy to see President Obama unveil his new national innovation agenda – a plan that will create jobs and Read more »

Microsoft’s Board Adopts New “Say-on-Pay” Policy

Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and John SeethoffVice President and Deputy General Counsel    We’ve blogged in the past about Microsoft’s commitment to strong corporate governance, and our belief in the need for transparent policies that enhance public and investor trust in large companies like our own. Today, our Board of Directors put Microsoft’s philosophy into practice by adopting a new “Say-on-Pay” policy that enables our shareholders to weigh-in on Read more »

Bad Ad: Going After The Malvertising Threat

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Today, Microsoft filed five civil lawsuits, the first of their kind against a nasty phenomenon known as malvertising. That’s the industry term for malicious online advertising. Microsoft works with the other leading providers of online ad platforms to mitigate the threat posed by malvertising, but we’re now taking that effort a step further. Our filings in King County Superior Court in Seattle outline how Read more »

Government Requirements for a Secure Cloud

Posted by Ron MarkezichCorporate Vice President, Microsoft Online Services  (Cross-posted from Microsoft Online Services team blog) This week, U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra unveiled the federal government’s vision for cloud computing, beginning with Apps.gov, an online marketplace that will enable federal agencies to find and purchase cloud-based IT services. This is a smart move by the government to streamline procurement for new cloud-based solutions and lower costs.  In response, industry vendors are announcing Read more »