U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit 2010: Government in the Cloud

Posted by Curt Kolcun Vice President, U.S. Public Sector More than 300 chief information officers (CIOs) from public-sector organizations around the United States were gathered on the Microsoft campus this week for presentations and to share their experiences in using technology to enhance collaboration, open government, business intelligence and security. Microsoft unveiled our latest offerings to support governments in moving services to the cloud in ways that meet or exceed the key security standards Read more »

Competition Authorities and Search

Government competition agencies are increasingly focused on Google’s growing power in search and online advertising. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have all determined that Google is dominant in certain markets, including search advertising. In late 2008 the DOJ was prepared to go to court to block Google’s attempt to partner with its largest search rival, Yahoo!.  Last year the DOJ told Read more »

Cracking Down on Botnets

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Botnets – networks of compromised computers controlled by hackers known as “bot-herders” – have become a serious problem in cyberspace.  Their proliferation has led some to worry that the botnet problem is unsolvable.  Under the control of a hacker or group of hackers, botnets are often used to conduct various attacks ranging from denial of service attacks on websites, to spamming, click fraud, and distribution of Read more »

It’s Time to Move Forward on the Highway 520 Bridge Replacement

Anyone who has traveled from downtown Seattle to Microsoft’s corporate campus likely has encountered one of our region’s unique transportation challenges: Lake Washington, the large body of water that separates Seattle from Redmond, Bellevue and other heavily-populated Eastside suburbs.

Microsoft Bolsters Efforts to Create More Opportunity for College Grads

Career prospects for recent college graduates got brighter today thanks to a new initiative announced in Washington, D.C.  America’s strength and future growth in the global economy rests in the next generation, and in the opportunities that will nurture their talent and lead to technological innovation.  Yet recent graduates have had a tough time finding jobs.   Today, Microsoft is proud to join the Invest in America Alliance in a significant commitment to Read more »

Opening virtual doors across the language barrier

Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Education For those of us in countries where the world’s most common languages are spoken, it would be easy to assume that no more than a few hundred languages are in use today.   Yet according to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), between 6,000 and 7,000 languages are actively spoken in different parts of the globe.  Those surprising figures reflect the rich social and Read more »

The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

(If you would like more information about the browser choice screen on your computer, or if you have a technical issue with the update, the Windows team has prepared a page you may find useful entitled, What is the Browser Choice update? ) Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin offering a “Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe, as required by the European Commission. Internal testing of Read more »

U.S., European Commission Clear Microsoft-Yahoo! Agreement

Posted by Brad SmithMicrosoft Senior Vice President and General Counseland Michael CallahanYahoo! Executive Vice President and General Counsel As was broadly reported this morning, both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commissionhave completed their reviews of the Microsoft-Yahoo! search agreement and cleared the transaction without restrictions. We appreciate the thorough reviews conducted by the DOJ and the Commission and we welcome the thoughtful decisions reached by each agency.  We also commend the collaborative efforts the Read more »

Saturday: Brad Smith Talks Cloud Computing on C-SPAN

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues As you may have read here recently, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith delivered a speech on cloud computing at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. last month. In his remarks,  Brad described the many ways cloud computing can increase the efficiency and transparency of government and other parts of society, and noted areas where the development of cloud computing must be carefully managed,  particularly when it comes Read more »

Technology at the Margins – Social Innovators and Innovations

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Can technology be used to create positive social change, and if so, how? This was the focus of a talk I gave recently to a class on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia University. The class discussion was very illuminating and thought provoking. As you might expect, I answered the above question in the affirmative. But I also argued that nonprofits and social Read more »