Using Mobile Technology to Extend Health Care’s Reach

Posted by Kristin Tolle Director, External Research and Programs At Microsoft Research we believe there are abundant opportunities for mobile technologies to improve public health, particularly in underserved communities. In areas short on health care facilities or medical staff, mobile phones have the reach to help diagnose and treat illness. We believe so strongly in this idea, in the fall of 2007 we solicited proposals from academic researchers who shared our vision Read more »

Changing the World and the Changing Role of Business

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President With the launch of Windows 7 last week, Microsoft also launched a contest,7 Ways to Change the World,  which aims to find and fund innovative ways for technology to achieve social change. The seven people who submit the best ideas will each win a PC running Windows 7. And each winner’s chosen community organization will receive a $7,000 grant. We’re asking everyone to describe their Read more »

Let’s Get Behind Online Citizenship Education to Tackle Cyberbullying and Harrassment

Posted by Chuck Cosson Senior Policy Counsel Cyberbullying was in the news again last week as local authorities try to crack down on the problem. At Microsoft, we believe the best way to prevent cyberbullying is through education. We’d like to see it included in Internet safety curricula in schools. Cyberbullying methods may be virtual, but the pain is real, especially for young people whose social lives depend heavily on their online connections. Communities Read more »

Microsoft Posts Latest Quarterly Earnings

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft this morning reported results for its fiscal first quarter, which concluded September 30. A copy of the earnings release, the detailed financial data and the 10Q we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available on our Investor Relations site.   You can also listen to a recording of the earning conference call with investment analysts. Several news outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal and CNET have reported on Read more »

White Spaces: Delivering Broadband to America

Posted by Paula Boyd Regulatory Counsel Earlier today we were pleased to join Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia, Spectrum Bridge, Dell and the TDF Foundation to mark the launch of a network that leverages vacant channels in the TV broadcasting band (the so-called “TV white spaces”) to provide broadband Internet access to the residents of Claudville, Virginia.  We commend Rep. Boucher for his leadership in promoting broadband connectivity, and applaud Spectrum Bridge for its hard work developing Read more »

Bridging the Standardization Divide

Posted by Nasser Kettani Regional Standards Officer, Middle East and Africa This year’s celebration of World Standards Day (October 14) helped draw attention to the role that standards play in creating economic value and advancing innovation, but it also is a moment to reflect on the importance of ensuring that international standards are truly global. Developing countries have long contributed to standards in many fields, but just a few have been actively involved in standards Read more »

Businesses Should Take the Lead on Corporate Governance

Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Last month Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I blogged about the decision by Microsoft’s board of directors to adopt a new “Say-on-Pay” policy.  Recently Brad authored a column for InsideCounsel magazine entitled, The Buck Starts Here: GCs should be advocates for good corporate governance. The article urges the business community to address corporate governance issues quickly and proactively to help restore public confidence and Read more »

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 »