Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council

Posted by David BowermasterAdministrator, Microsoft on the Issues We talk a lot on this blog about the intersection of technology and public policy, and Microsoft’s work to apply technology in ways that will advance public policy goals such as improving health care, education and economic growth.  The ties between the tech and government realms became especially palpable today at Microsoft when President Obama named Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Read more »

Why Earth Day Matters to Microsoft

Posted by Rob Bernard  Chief Environmental Strategist Earth Day and every day, we face significant environmental challenges tied to the way we live and use resources.  Effectively managing our scarce energy resources while addressing climate change – even as the world’s population steadily rises – will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Microsoft is working hard with our partners, customers and suppliers, as well as with governments and Read more »

Keeping Citizens Safe through Solidarity

UPDATE: April 16, 2009 – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Posted by Matt Miszewski Government General Manager, Worldwide Public Sector I’m pleased to report that at the Worldwide Public Safety Symposium yesterday, we announced INTERPOL will use Microsoft’s Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE) to help its law enforcement investigators gather live computer evidence at the scene of  cybercrimes all over the globe. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 187 member countries. The COFEE software tool Read more »

Fulfilling our Pledge to Bolster America’s Workforce

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Today marks an important milestone in Microsoft’s effort to provide technology training to at least two million people over the next three years. At the downtown Seattle office of WorkSource, a public-private partnership dedicated to addressing Washington state’s employment needs, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I joined Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to announce that Microsoft will provide 30,000 vouchers for free technology Read more »

Microsoft Letter to DREAM Act Sponsors

April 3, 2009 The Honorable Richard Durbin  United States Senate309 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Richard Lugar United States Senate306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC  20510 Dear Senator Durbin and Senator Lugar: We are writing to express Microsoft’s strong support for your recent re-introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The “DREAM Act”).  We applaud your efforts to ensure that America fully Read more »

Microsoft Applauds the DREAM Act

Late last week we sent letters of support to the House and Senate sponsors of an important piece of legislation known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.  The DREAM Act, as it is commonly known, would permit a limited number of  undocumented immigrant students to become permanent U.S. residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character and attend college Read more »

The Facts About the So-Called “Microsoft Bridge”

Posted by DeLee Shoemaker Director, Washington State Government Affairs  Every week or so it seems there is a news report about one of the transportation infrastructure projects approved as part of the federal stimulus package.  Because the NE 36th Street overpass in Redmond is near our campus, some critics like to call this project “the Microsoft bridge.”  The fact is this is a public roadway designed to reduce severe congestion in a Read more »

Tear Down the Walls and Liberate the Data

Posted by Peter NeupertCorporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health) In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave one of his most well remembered speeches.  Few of us could forget his words to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”—proving to be prophetic when the German Democratic Republic announced the re-opening of the border in 1989, and the subsequent destruction of the Berlin Wall.   What followed?  A new flow of people, Read more »

Partnering to Advance Education Reform

Posted by Dan Bross Sr. Director, Global Corporate Citizenship Earlier this week I traveled to San Francisco to take part in the annual conference of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.  Tony Wagner from Harvard University facilitated the closing plenary, which focused on the role of business collaboration in transforming education.  Tony recently wrote The Global Achievement Gap, which examines the U.S. education system, considers why American students are falling behind their international peers and Read more »

Inspiring Young Women to Become Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, U.S. Federal Government Business Despite society’s best efforts, there is a huge disparity in the number of men and women majoring in IT fields and pursuing technology-related careers. In 1982, about half of the students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) were women. Today, only 21 percent of STEM majors are women. Yet, women lead in the development of Web pages and content on Read more »