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 »

‘Maga No Need Pay’: Nigeria Gets Creative to Fight Cyber Scams


Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel This week, a new pop song hits the airwaves in West Africa with a highly unusual message: Don’t be seduced by cybercrime. Cybercrime is a global issue, but perhaps no form of cybercrime has been more  associated with a region than the advance fee fraud collectively known as “Nigeria” or “419” scams (419 is the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud).   Through schemes such as fake Read more »

How Can Policymakers Promote Innovation and Strengthen Privacy?

On January 28th, in conjunction withData Privacy Day, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened its second “Exploring Privacy” Roundtable in Berkeley, California. The roundtable brought together some of the preeminent privacy thinkers from academia, industry, civil society and government to discuss complex and nuanced issues around technology policy, mobile computing, social networking and cloud computing. One of the main topics of the day was the intersection of technology and policy.  Read more »

Realizing the “Buy Once, Play Anywhere” Vision for Digital Media

Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager of Policy & Standards, Entertainment & Devices Division The recent International Consumer Electronics Show was a showcase for how the media industry today is being completely transformed by new digital production technology and hybrid distribution models. Consumers now have many new ways to access video using the Internet – from Hulu and Fancast Xfinity on PCs, to Netflix Watch Instantly through Blu-Ray players, digital TVs, Xbox Read more »

Microsoft Reports Results for Second Quarter FY10

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft this afternoon reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended December 31, 2009.   The company recorded revenue of $19.02 billion, operating income of $8.51 billion and net income of $6.66 billion in the period. A copy of the earnings release is now available.   Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein will discuss the results on a conference call with investment analysts at Read more »

Microsoft & Internet Freedom

Posted by Steve Ballmer Chief Executive Officer (Cross-posted from The Microsoft Blog) Over the last few weeks, there has been much said about issues of security, privacy, and censorship as it relates to the Internet in China and around the world.  I want to reinforce the comments made by Craig Mundie last week, in response to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s important speech on Internet freedom.  Microsoft is committed to protecting and advancing Read more »

Infusing “service-learning” and technology in the classroom

Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Education As educators, government officials and business leaders look for collaborative ways to reform U.S. education, we believe “service-learning” and technology can play central roles in the success of our young people. I’ve blogged before about the benefits of connecting kids to volunteerism (see posts here and here). Right now, only 32 percent of elementary and secondary schools offer service-learning opportunities, which incorporate community service into education to Read more »

Communication Critical to Relief in Haiti

Posted by Dr. William A. Brindley Chief Executive Officer, NetHope Over the past ten days, the world’s response to the devastation in Haiti has been truly inspiring. The question of “Can we respond?” has been answered with continued outpouring of support. Doubt has been replaced with mobilized action. The lifeblood of this response is communication. Phone and Internet connectivity are essential to effectively coordinate the delivery of aid and ensure that food, Read more »