European Commission clears Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn; deal to close in coming days

The European Commission announced Tuesday in Brussels that it has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Microsoft has now obtained all the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days. Tuesday’s clearance follows similar reviews and approvals in the United States, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. As part of discussions with the European Commission, Microsoft formalized several commitments regarding its support for third-party … Read more »

Microsoft’s commitment to moving technology forward without leaving timeless values behind

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The prevailing sentiment at the Internet & Social Media Law conference which took place in London this week was the importance of ensuring rules of conduct and laws for new technologies that respect timeless rights and values. There was a lot of discussion about the need to ensure that the kinds of traditional protections that we have all had, not just for years but for centuries, for information that is … Read more »

Tackling the skills shortage: our new 5 million commitment

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Today sees the launch of the European Commission’s new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, which aims to develop an inclusive digital talent pool for the jobs of the future. With the world of work set to be transformed by the digital revolution and cloud-based technologies, equipping young people with the digital skills needed in the 21st century labor market is as pressing as ever. That’s why, as part of our … Read more »

Unlocking Europe’s potential via STEM education

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When economists or labor market forecasters speculate about the future of work in Europe, it’s clear that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills will play a major role. An increasing number of jobs – many of which haven’t even been invented yet – will come to depend on STEM skills, and such careers are among the fastest growing worldwide. Technology-related professions in particular look set to skyrocket, with computer … Read more »

Microsoft Cloud Assurance – Legal & Regulatory Compliance for Cloud Computing

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Technological progress and regulatory & legislative progress remain out of sync.  Many in-house lawyers therefore face the difficult task of protecting their organizations from legal & regulatory risk, while helping them to take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies, such as enterprise cloud computing, offer. At Microsoft we know that we won’t succeed in empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more through technology, if we … Read more »

Baltic Sea (Digital) Region: Staying in the Lead

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Today in Stockholm, politicians, businesses and civil society are gathering to mark the 18th annual Baltic Development Forum (BDF) Summit. Since 1999, the Summit has sought to foster cross-sectorial dialogue and find common ground in a rapidly-evolving world. Nowhere is this rapid evolution more noticeable than in the ICT sphere. The Baltic Sea Region has established itself firmly as one of the world’s leading technological hubs, with the right skills, … Read more »

Coding your way to the cloud

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Europe’s future lies in the cloud, which has the potential to transform almost every aspect of our lives. But ensuring everyone has the right digital skills to succeed in this new, cloud-based world is no mean feat, and it is certainly an objective far beyond the reach of any one actor. Bringing digital literacy to every European is going to take efforts from all of us, public and private stakeholders … Read more »

Pardon the “intrusion”: advancing the dialogue on export controls and “intrusion software”

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Since I wrote about Microsoft’s comments on the Proposed Rule under the Wassenaar Arrangement, Microsoft has been continuing to work with the Wassenaar member states and the security community to find a balance between the needs of security researchers and regulators. Today, Microsoft is furthering the conversation by publishing a whitepaper entitled “Rethinking Intrusion Software: Ideas for a more sustainable approach”. In 2013, members of an export control regime known … Read more »

Accessibility in Europe: Progress in helping organizations be inclusive and compliant

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Ensuring an inclusive society starts with the decisions we make. That’s why Microsoft is committed to providing organizations with the information they need to be able to select and use accessible technology. We recently published new conformance statements so that organizations have valuable details on how our products and services meet ETSI EN 301 549 (EN) – the European accessibility standard for public procurement. With 80 million people in the … Read more »

Linking and rethinking EU copyright: an academic perspective

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Readers of this blog who have not been following the latest debates in EU copyright law may be surprised to learn that the hottest topic of the day is whether or not simply posting a hyperlink counts as a protected act. The European Court of Justice’s answer to this question has been both yes and no. In a 2014 case, Nils Svensson and Others v Retriever Sverige AB, the court … Read more »