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 »

Cybersecurity Investments for the Information Age

Last summer, I testified before the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation about the need for government to develop security strategies to address the full spectrum of risks in the Information Age.  Last week, the House passed The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061, which represents an important step to better address those risks.  In recognition of the long-term nature of this challenge, the bill appropriately aims Read more »

Celebrating Safer Internet Day: Don’t Forget to “Think B4U Post!”

Posted by Julie Inman Grant Director,  Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach Today is Safer Internet Day, and events are taking place in 60 countries around the world to mark the occasion.  Organized byInSafe with support from the Safer Internet Programme of the European Union, Safer Internet Day – now in its seventh year — is an important opportunity for industry, government, law enforcement, the NGO community and concerned citizens to raise awareness around pressing online safety Read more »

Surfacing Human Potential at TED 2010

Posted by Dan’l Lewin Corporate Vice President, Strategic & Emerging Business Development This week at TED 2010 in southern California, conferees will have an opportunity to experience the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in some new and extraordinary ways at the World of Entrepreneurs tent, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Among the 30 largest foundations in the United States, Kauffman focuses on advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth – causes that Read more »

Changing the World, One Community at a Time

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs We’ve been extremely pleased and inspired by the tremendous response to our online competition, 7 Ways to Change the World, which we launched last October along with Microsoft Windows 7. The competition asked people to share their ideas on how personal computers can help nonprofit organizations make a greater impact in their communities. More than 130 videos were submitted by local and national nonprofits, each Read more »