Elevating America one veteran at a time

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Earlier today while speaking to the annual conference of theNational Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, D.C.,  I announced that Microsoft is forming a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations to help our country’s veterans and their spouses get the additional skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.   The initiative is an extension of Elevate America, a program Microsoft launched just over a year Read more »

Telecentre.Org Launches to Bring Internet Access to the Next Billion

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Global Community Affairs A milestone event took place last week in Manila, whereTelecentre.org Foundation was officially launched as an independent organization. Celebrating with our hosts in the Philippines and colleagues from around the world, I reflected on this culmination of nearly six years of effort to help bring the benefits of technology to people in underserved communities around the world. Read more »

Steve Ballmer’s Thoughts on Cloud Computing

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues In late January, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on the burgeoning field of cloud computing.  Brad outlined specific industry and legislative actions that Microsoft believes should be acted upon promptly to advance the potential of cloud computing, while protecting users’ privacy and enhancing the security of their data. Today in Seattle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Read more »

Liberate the Data Part II – Perspectives from Eclipsys and Microsoft on Health IT

Posted by Peter Neupert  Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health) Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group It was just about a year ago at last year’s HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) conference that I posted about the need to “liberate the data” within health IT systems – separating data from applications and making it available for reuse in different contexts.  What I said then holds true Read more »

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 »