The Road to Successful Health Reform

Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group From time to time over the last few months, the Washington Post has asked me to reply to questions posed by the Post’s Health Care Rx blog, which is tracking developments in the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill. This week’s question was a natural:  “The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill containing its version of the health care overhaul. Are you Read more »

Empowering Families in the Digital Age

Posted by Steve Crown Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Entertainment & Devices I recently spent time in Washington, D.C., meeting with leading child safety experts who focus on addressing technology’s impact on kids. I was eager to gain new insights as we build out our Get Game Smartpublic education initiative, which we launched in January. I also wanted to hear these experts’ thoughts on ways we can improve Microsoft products and platforms to better Read more »

Embracing Disruption and Standards for the Sake of a Smart Grid

Posted by Mark Ryland National Standards Officer (USA) Today is World Standards Day, a celebration whose theme this year is “Tackling climate change through standards.” I can’t help but think back a few days to a nondescript hotel conference room in a suburb of Washington, D.C. About 45 intelligent, opinionated, intense people from many industries gathered at the “invitation” (as in, “be there or else!”) of NIST, the National Institute for Standards Read more »

Finding Success in the Ecosystem

Posted by Ramona Pierson Founder, Chairman and Chief Science Officer, SynapticMash, Inc. How can schools make sure that education dollars are working? That’s one of the big challenges that my company, SynapticMash, works to help answer, by empowering educators to make better-informed decisions using our learning management systems and programs. We’re driving big change in education and, in the process, expecting to spawn a lot of new jobs and opportunities in the education Read more »

U.S. Law Enforcement Gets a Lift from COFEE

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel As the world becomes more digital by the day, so too do the tactics used to investigate both traditional and cyber crimes.  Internet crimes and cyber attacks are constantly growing in complexity, so law enforcement agencies need new tools and training to contain the evolving threats.  Towards that end, we announced today along with theNational White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) that we are expanding availability of Read more »

A Celebration of World Standards Day

Posted by Bill Harmon Global Standards Lead, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs October 14 is World Standards Day, which has been observed for more than 40 years to highlight the economic importance of global standards and to honor the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities. It’s a day well worth celebrating. When you bank at an ATM or log onto a Wi-Fi network at your favorite coffee shop, Read more »

A Welcome Change of Direction at the US Patent Office

I would like to commend USPTO Director David Kappos for the decision to rescind the proposed rules on continuation applications and claims originally published in the Federal Register in August 2007. In particular, I welcome the motivation behind the decision to ensure that patent rules are in place “that are responsive to its applicants’ needs and help bring their products and services to market.”  In that spirit we look forward to working Read more »

IT as an Engine of Economic Growth — Another Perspective

Posted by  Robert D. Atkinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Editor’s note:  This is the first of what we anticipate will be a steady stream of posts from guest bloggers on  Microsoft on the Issues. Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based technology policy think tank, and has an extensive background in technology policy. His comments help to place the recently released study Read more »

European Commission to Market Test Microsoft Proposals on Web Browser Choice

UPDATE: October 7, 2009 – 4:15 a.m. Pacific  Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues We have issued an updated and more detailed statement from General Counsel Brad Smith on today’s EC announcement on PressPass. _______________________________________  The European Commission today announced that it will market test a set of measures Microsoft has offered to address competition law concerns relating to Windows, Office and other high volume Microsoft products.  In response, Microsoft General Counsel Read more »

A Big Year Ahead for the Supreme Court and the Information Economy

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel Today the Supreme Court begins its 2009-2010 term.  It promises to be an important session, not least because the Court and new Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grapple with laws that are at the heart of the information economy.  There will be a number of cases that will directly impact the legal rules that incentivize innovation and define relationships between those in the information technology sector and the online ecosystem.  Read more »