Making a Difference for ‘Kids in Need of Defense’

Over the past 18 months, a number of us at Microsoft have been working withKids in Need of Defense, a pro bono organization dedicated to providing legal representation to the roughly 8,000 unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in the U.S. who face deportation proceedings alone each year. It has been gratifying and exciting to see the progress KIND is making.

Government and Industry Discuss the Future of Technical Standards

Posted by Craig Shank General Manager, Interoperability I had the privilege today to represent Microsoft before aHouse Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation hearingon technical standards and the future of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The computing experience is undergoing a rapid transformation as consumers and businesses harness computing power in the cloud. New businesses are forming because any small group of developers can create content or software and make Read more »

Partnering to Increase Broadband Access for All Citizens

Posted by Curt Kolcun Vice President, U.S. Public Sector Having reviewed the details of the Federal Communications Commission’s  National Broadband Plan, I’m convinced that increased broadband adoption and greater access to technology are within reach of millions of Americans who are not yet part of the digital age.  In a recent post, my colleague Fred Humphries articulated Microsoft’s support for clear and meaningful solutions. Today, we build on the momentum of the FCC’s national Read more »

Helping Schools Achieve Success with EdTech

Posted by Mary Cullinane Director of Innovation & Business Development, U.S. Education The U.S. Department of Education recently released a draft National Education Technology Plan, which outlines five main priorities for schools to increase the effectiveness of technology in the classroom. The goals of the plan are to foster better learning outcomes and increase college graduation rates through improvements in assessment, learning, teaching, infrastructure and productivity. In general, response to the plan has been Read more »

Answering the Urgent Call to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued an urgent call to solve the immense national problems caused by our broken immigration system. Comprehensive immigration reform is essential to America’s economy, security and traditions. The Senators have set out a thoughtful framework recognizing a critical point: a smart immigration system must provide new sources of intellectual capital. The United States is justly proud of Read more »

Patent Portfolio’s Focus on Quality and Innovation Earns High Marks

Posted by Bart Eppenauer Chief Patent Counsel Each year the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) rates the quality of companies’ patent portfolios, and this year again, Microsoft’s portfolio is rated the strongest in the software industry. It’s the third straight year that Microsoft has topped the IEEE Spectrum Patent Scorecard. In another independent survey released this week, Microsoft ranked #1 in thePatent Board Scorecard, far surpassing all other information technology companies Read more »

Principles Online Advertisers Can Thrive By

ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conferencepresented by Microsoft Prepared Remarks by Mary SnappCorporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation Introduction Thank you for inviting me to talk with all of you today, at the 100th anniversary of the ANA. What a milestone for your organization – you have much to be proud of. You have joined together 400 companies with 9000 brands that collectively spend $100 billion Read more »

Maria Klawe: Scholar, Scientist and Microsoft Board Member

Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Increasing women’s participation in science and engineering is a lifelong passion of Dr. Maria Klawe, who joined the Microsoft board of directors last year. A distinguished computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College, a top liberal-arts college of engineering, science and mathematics, Dr. Klawe recently sat down for an interview with Microsoft employees. The video is one in a series posted on Microsoft’s Channel 9 featuring women at Microsoft Read more »

What we know (and learned) from the takedown of the Waledac botnet

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Recently I blogged about the successful takedown of the Waledac botnet by the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit in an action dubbed “Operation b49.”  Our intention was to disrupt the Waledac botnet for the long term, as well as mark a new phase in our efforts to combat botnets.  Today, we’ve released some of the early findings that we and other researchers have made on the impact of Read more »

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 »