Protecting innovation in the cloud

Hand-drawn picture shows a cloud and the words "Microsoft Azure IP Advantage" and "Protecting innovation in the Microsoft cloud"

Rapid advancements in cloud computing are creating new capabilities, insights and efficiencies, allowing businesses big and small to transform the way they deliver products and services. As this transformation accelerates, virtually every company in every sector of the economy is becoming in part a digital business. And as a digital business, it must master the new legal challenges that come with participation in the booming digital economy. One challenge that … Read more »

Microsoft-LinkedIn deal cleared by regulators, opening new doors for people around the world

It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year. Today, the European Commission announced that it has cleared the acquisition. As a result, we’ve now obtained all of the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming … Read more »

How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good

As Satya Nadella announced today, we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. Our goal is to support 70,000 nonprofits through this initiative during that time. I wanted to provide some more detail on … Read more »

Microsoft employees turn out in thousands to teach Hour of Code

Today marks the start of Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Microsoft has been a strong supporter of the Hour of Code from its start three years ago. We’re excited to see how the campaign has grown to mobilize a global community of teachers and volunteers who this year will … Read more »

In the cloud we trust

Jan. 21, 2015 was an interesting day. It was the day Microsoft invited a small group of tech journalists to its Redmond, Washington, headquarters for a big announcement. In the past, news this momentous might have been accompanied by a famous rock band or fireworks, but when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 and HoloLens, they were in an intimate, coffeehouse-style room sipping coffee with house music playing in the background. Elsewhere the world, … Read more »

Increasing access to computer science for all youth

Last evening, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced our commitment to increase access to computer science education for youth worldwide, with a special focus on those from under-represented backgrounds. We believe this is a significant commitment that will create opportunities for young people everywhere to help build the future of our increasingly digital world. Computer science education, and the computational-thinking and problem-solving skills they involve, are critical to the future of … Read more »

Privacy authorities across Europe approve Microsoft’s cloud commitments

This is an important week for the protection of our customers’ privacy. The European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. This ensures that our customers can use Microsoft services to move data freely through our cloud from Europe to the rest of the world. Building on this approval, we will now take proactive steps to expand these … Read more »