E-skills and Economic Recovery in Europe

Posted by Sylvie Laffarge Director Community Affairs, Europe If anyone was wondering how badly the global recession is affecting Europe, recent jobs data provide a chilling answer.  More than 20 million Europeans were out of work in March, up 25 percent from the same period a year ago, and the tally could exceed 22 million by the end of the year.  In Spain, a stunning 17.4 percent of workers were unemployed in Read more »

President Obama Cites Microsoft for Innovative Health Benefits

Posted by Cecily Hall Director, U.S. Benefits Tuesday morning, I had the distinct honor of visiting the White House along with six other business, labor and government leaders to brief President Obama on  innovative ways private and public organizations are improving the health of workers while reducing costs for employers.   I was invited to today’s event along with representatives from Safeway, the Ohio Department of Health, Pitney Bowes, REI, Johnson & Johnson and the Read more »

Technology Helps Global Authorities Bring Child Pornography Ring to Justice

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel There is news from Edinburgh today of guilty verdicts for leaders of the largest child pornography ring ever broken-up in Scotland.  As the BBC News explains, a single image found on a computer led to literally thousands of others, shared through the Internet by at least 200 pedophiles around the world.  I am grateful for the verdicts and the prospect of more arrests and convictions, but obviously this Read more »

Can the U.S. Retain Its Innovation Edge?

The Conference Board today released an important study about the state of innovation in the United States.  This past weekend I read the report, which  Microsoft sponsored.  Somewhat to my surprise, I found itboth disturbing and encouraging.  The report suggests that unless we take new steps, the U.S. could lose its competitive innovation edge.  Yet the report also provides some good suggestions about positive steps we can take to reinforce and enhance our capacity for Read more »

The Power of Students to Change the World

This week I traveled to Cambridge, Mass. for theU.S. finalsof theImagine Cup, a student competition sponsored by Microsoft that encourages students to apply technology in creative ways to tackle real-world problems. This year’s competition specifically challenged students to use technology to achieve theU.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which include fighting hunger and poverty, eradicating AIDS, improving education and advancing environmental sustainability.

History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health) My family and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico, so the news that’s on everyone’s mind—the spread of H1N1 Influenza A—is weighing even more heavily on me. With the media hype machine driving minute by minute coverage, it’s hard not to think about devastating epidemics and pandemics of the past—typhoid fever, smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera, Spanish Flu, typhus, Read more »

Following Through on Our Commitment to Interoperability

Posted by Tom Robertson Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Product announcements aren’t usually the subject of this blog, but I wanted to alert you to a product announcement we are making today that is the latest example of our commitment to help customers cope with today’s complex computing landscape by enhancing interoperability between products from different vendors. Today we are releasing Microsoft Office 2007 service pack 2, a product update that contains (among Read more »

Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council

Posted by David BowermasterAdministrator, Microsoft on the Issues We talk a lot on this blog about the intersection of technology and public policy, and Microsoft’s work to apply technology in ways that will advance public policy goals such as improving health care, education and economic growth.  The ties between the tech and government realms became especially palpable today at Microsoft when President Obama named Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Read more »

Why Earth Day Matters to Microsoft

Posted by Rob Bernard  Chief Environmental Strategist Earth Day and every day, we face significant environmental challenges tied to the way we live and use resources.  Effectively managing our scarce energy resources while addressing climate change – even as the world’s population steadily rises – will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Microsoft is working hard with our partners, customers and suppliers, as well as with governments and Read more »

Keeping Citizens Safe through Solidarity

UPDATE: April 16, 2009 – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Posted by Matt Miszewski Government General Manager, Worldwide Public Sector I’m pleased to report that at the Worldwide Public Safety Symposium yesterday, we announced INTERPOL will use Microsoft’s Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE) to help its law enforcement investigators gather live computer evidence at the scene of  cybercrimes all over the globe. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 187 member countries. The COFEE software tool Read more »