Staying civil online

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2017, Microsoft has published its first Digital Civility Index showing people’s perceptions of online behaviors and interactions in 14 different countries. The results demonstrate an urgent need to reinforce a culture of digital civility and promote effective public policies that protect people online, and we are encouraging people to take Microsoft’s “Digital Civility Challenge”. It’s no coincidence that the same adjective that relates … Read more »

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

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 »

Accessibility in the workplace – a competitive edge

People across Europe increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done. But if you have a disability, this can be a challenge. Almost half (48%) of all EU citizens living with disabilities are unemployed. This means over 38 million people are missing out on the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society. Improving this state of affairs by creating workplaces adapted to the needs of those with disabilities … Read more »

Why innovation should be accessible for all

Steve Gleason, former American football star, loves to tweet about his team’s latest victories. When he’s not on Twitter, he’s catching up on emails or reading to his son. Ordinary, everyday activities. But the fact that he is doing them at all is extraordinary. Because Steve lives with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which has left him unable to talk or move. Steve is facing this with characteristic grit and determination, … Read more »

Microsoft Joins Network on Energy Solutions

Europe is currently facing important energy challenges, from increasingly scarce resources and growing energy needs, to the need to tackle climate change. Finding responsible solutions to the management of our resources will define this century and the lives of future generations. Today sees the launch of the European Parliamentary Network on Energy Solutions, an initiative bringing together Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum and industry leaders … Read more »

Building the low-carbon economy on firm foundations

When Jean-Claude Juncker took office as the President of the European Commission last year, reforming Europe’s energy policy was top of his priority list, starting with the launch of a strategy for a forward-looking Energy Union based on the determination to go green. Transitioning to a sustainable low-carbon society in a competitive and innovative way is a central pillar of the plans. And it is with this goal in mind … Read more »

Literacy for Life – Digital Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Around the world, there are still 757 million adults and 115 million youths who cannot read or write a simple sentence. Yet the fact remains that boosting literacy rates is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty. On the occasion of International Literacy Day 2015, it is worth remembering Kofi Annan’s definition of literacy as “a bridge from misery to hope.” Ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education” … Read more »