Why research remains so important to innovation – and to a vital economy

Microsoft’s research investments in speech, natural language processing and machine learning have contributed to the development of Skype Translator and Cortana. The company’s investments in biological computing and quantum computing are examples of “our bets on the future of computing,” writes Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, who oversees the company’s core research labs. At Microsoft, basic research is supported through Microsoft Research labs because “we believe that Read more »

Microsoft welcomes US State Department Global Connect initiative

We’d like to congratulate the U.S. State Department on its demonstration of leadership with the Global Connect initiative. The Internet and the Web have transformed our lives – the way we find information, the way we communicate, how we run our businesses, how we entertain ourselves, how efficiently we use resources – the list is endless. But the sad fact is that nearly two-thirds of the global population has no Read more »

Microsoft’s comments on the Proposed Rule under the Wassenaar Arrangement

By Cristin Goodwin, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Today I participated in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discussion on “Decoding the BIS Proposed Rule for Intrusion Software Platforms” and the important topic of the Department of Commerce’s Proposed Rule on Intrusion Software under the Wassenaar Arrangement. We agree strongly that the Department of Commerce’s intent to help prevent the misuse of security technologies by those who seek to violate Read more »

Defining data privacy in a globally connected world

By 2020, researchers estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, taking advantage of technologies that bring us closer together and big data insights that could change the way we solve societal problems. At the same time, governments, companies and advocates are struggling to understand this new environment and establish the right regulations and laws to protect people’s privacy online. It’s a critical question – how do Read more »

White House proposal elevates privacy, transparency discussion

In an era of more personal computing, the proposed framework for privacy legislation unveiled by the White House today is a welcome development that we hope will kick-start a much-needed conversation about how to protect people’s personal information. Fostering innovation while protecting consumer privacy is at the heart of what we do every day at Microsoft. We understand that people will only use technology they trust. That’s why we work Read more »

Why the CLS Bank case matters


Posted byHoracio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in theAlicev.CLS Bank,reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. The Court correctly distinguished Alice’s invalid business method patents from valid patents that advance technology. We applaud the Court for its ruling, and in particular their recognition that the patents in question are not software Read more »

Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational conversation brought together professors and their students to explore the implications of the deployment of new intelligent systems in businesses and society and the legal and policy challenges that they present. From autonomous vehicles Read more »

Microsoft convenes panel on how the Internet of Things can build sustainable 21st century cities

On May 14, leading public and private sector experts on data and sustainability gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to address how cities can leverage technology to offer new services to their citizens, optimize the efficiency of existing services and improve the overall sustainability of their communities. Cities are the hearts and souls of our nations, driving our global economy and impacting our environment. With Read more »

How today’s creativity will inform our entertainment of the future


Editor’s Note:The following post by Rob Knies originally appeared on the Inside Microsoft Research blog . Mary Czerwinski and Kati London of Microsoft Research will be participating in the Creativity Conference, a Washington, D.C., event that will examine how creators and makers are shaping our future. What does the “creative process” really mean? Where do creative ideas come from? What is the relationship between creativity and technology? Answering these questions, Read more »

Patent litigation reform needed now

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Microsoft joined nearly 400 companies and associations in calling upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve urgently needed patent litigation reform legislation. The Committee is working to forge a well-calibrated compromise aimed at curbing abusive litigation practices and strengthening our patent system. In any compromise there are always areas where one or more of the interested parties wish the outcome would go further, while others feel it might go too Read more »