Collaboration, Competition and IP in the Real World

In the last few days Microsoft has made a number of announcements that reflect the pragmatic approach the company takes on intellectual property rights and open source software.  On July 20, Microsoft announced the release of 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community.  The code, consisting of three Linux device drivers, was licensed under the GPLv2 license and submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux Read more »

Microsoft Develops Plug-in for Moodle to Aid Teachers, Students

Posted by L. Michael Golden Corporate Vice President, Education Products Group As my colleagues and I talk to teachers, students and educational institutions about their use of information technology, we learn a lot about the applications with the greatest capacity to extend the abilities of teachers and schools to meet the needs of students in ways that are engaging, affordable, and personal. One of these technologies is Moodle, a free, open-source, Web-based course management system Read more »

A Transparent Look at Office 2010

Posted by Tom Robertson Associate General Counsel Last week was exciting for Microsoft as we hosted the 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 09) in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. We made announcements for our company and our partners that will help create opportunities for the IT industry and benefit IT users around the globe. In my last blog post I took the opportunity of the release of Microsoft Office 2007 service pack 2 to explain Read more »

Saying No to “Spim”

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel, Internet Safety Enforcement Have you ever received an instant message that prompts you to click on a mysterious link?  Or been asked to share your IM account information, only to have it used to spam all of your friends? Such instant messaging spam, or “spim,” can take the fun — and utility — out of instant messaging.   And cybercriminals know that for many Internet users, Read more »

Around the Globe, Innovating to Improve Education

Posted by L. Michael Golden Corporate Vice President, Education Products Group I’ve been on the road for three weeks speaking at a series of education events, and it was clear from each one that student-centric, innovative approaches to education can help solve critical social and economic challenges while transforming the learning process. The events included the National Education Computing Conference and the Global Educational Competitiveness Summit in Washington, D.C.;  the Education Leaders Forum, a joint UNESCO and Read more »

How Will Windows 7 Impact the Global Economy?

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Given the large number of customers Microsoft serves around the world, and the many partners we collaborate with to maximize and deliver the benefits of our software, we have long sought to understand the economic impact of our work and our products. Such information is especially helpful now, as governments and businesses look for catalysts that can help local and national economies rebound from the Read more »

PointSmart.ClickSafe: Laudable Principles for Online Safety

Posted by Adrienne Hall General Manager, Trustworthy Computing Like most parents, I want to help my children enjoy a safer and more enriching online experience.  This is a complex problem that lots of people are trying to solve and, to that end, we’ve seen a series of high-profile commissions and reports, each with its own set of recommendations to improve online safety.  This week another group, PointSmart.ClickSafe, issued a report, but this one has Read more »

Inspiration at the Imagine Cup Finals in Cairo

Posted by Ray Ozzie Chief Software Architect Today I had the privilege of kicking off the worldwide finals of the seventh annual Imagine Cup in Cairo, Egypt.  The event is an inspiring culmination to a six-month, global technology competition that has included more than 300,000 students from over 100 countries and regions. You can read myopening ceremony remarks here. The Imagine Cup grows each year and is one of the most powerful demonstrations of our Read more »

Advancing Security and Transparency in Online Advertising

Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel I wanted to take a moment to highlight an important advance  in protecting consumers online.  The  Self-Regulatory Principles For Online Behavioral Advertising  announced today require online advertisers and Web sites to provide clear notice to consumers about the data collected about them, and to give consumers control over that information. Participating groups include the American Association of Advertising Agencies,  the Association of National Advertisers, the Direct Read more »