Open Data for the Open Web

Posted by Douglas Purdy Software Architect Today at MIX10, Microsoft’s conference for Web developers and designers in Las Vegas, I stood on stage to outline the importance of Web APIs and our commitment to open data for the open Web .  We recently announced The Open Data Protocol (OData) – a set of conventions over the existing Atom Publishing Protocol  (AtomPub) standard.  OData provides a way to unlock and share your data, Read more »

National Broadband Plan: An Effort for the Ages

There has been a strong push by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over the past nine months to understand the nation’s broadband needs and to develop recommendations that facilitate global innovation.  Today’s release of the National Broadband Plan is not the end of the discussion, but in many ways just the beginning.  Technology advancements continue to drive the need for greater bandwidth. Storage capabilities are doubling every 18 months.  Consumers are increasingly leveraging the Read more »

Apple v. HTC: A Step Along the Path of Addressing IP Rights in Smartphones

One of the first things I do every morning once I’ve grabbed my cup of coffee is review what is new and interesting involving IP in the press – as my direct reports know all too well from the links I forward to them.  Over the past two weeks or so, I have followed with interest the coverage of Apple’s suit against HTC.  Reactions to the suit run the gamut Read more »

Valuable Support for IP from the White House

Posted by Steve BallmerChief Executive Officer President Obama on Thursday expanded on his National Export Initiative, calling attention to the importance of robust protection for intellectual property rights in assuring our nation’s prosperity.  We applaud the President’s commitment to safeguarding American innovation and creativity and his recognition of the important role American technology and IP-based products play in fostering a healthy balance of trade and economic growth.

Important Progress for the 520 Bridge

We recently reached out to the people of the Puget Sound area to help advance a critical local and state issue: the timely replacement and expansion of the SR-520 bridge across Lake Washington.  Many responded. I want to thank everyone who took the time to contact their elected officials and voice their support for the prompt completion of this critical project. Your efforts clearly helped legislators and local officials from both sides Read more »

Successful Legal Action Helps Protect Microsoft Customers from ‘Spim’

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel As you may recall, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit last July  filed a lawsuit alleging that Hong Kong-based Funmobile Ltd. had improperly sent instant messaging spam – or “spim” – to  thousands of Windows Live Messenger customers since March 2009.  I’m happy to report that this week, Microsoft has reached a settlement with Funmobile. Under the terms of the agreement,  Funmobile  will refrain from “spimming” customers or contacts of Windows Live Read more »

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 »