Europe’s future growth is in the cloud

The European Central Bank’s proposal to buy unlimited amounts of crisis-hit government bonds has provided a glimmer of light through the shadows of the financial downturn. In the long term however, it’s clear that Europe must re-engineer its economy to achieve sustainable economic growth and abate record-high unemployment levels, especially among young people.That’s why the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, is prioritising “the cloud” t…

Europe 2020 goals: let’s not underestimate the role of technology

Youth unemployment in Europe is high. In many cases there are jobs available but the skill sets to meet them are scarce. Digital skills are in high demand and essential for enhancing employability, and driving innovation and sustainable growth in Europe. As a matter of fact, higher education will play a crucial role in developing the knowledge and skills that Europe needs to compete in the digital economy. In alignment … Read more »

Creating opportunities for 300 million young people in the next 3 years

Today we are announcing Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative designed to create opportunities for 300 million youth in 100 countries over the next three years.We’re launching this initiative because we’re seeing the emergence of an opportunity divide among young people: a gap between those who are prospering and others who are struggling because they lack the education, skills and opportunities they need to succeed. The evidence is clear.  We have … Read more »

Why cloud customers can’t ignore model clauses, especially now

This week privacy authorities from all 27 European Union member states adopted a long-awaited Opinion clarifying what companies must do to safeguard the private information of Europe’s citizens when these companies use cloud services. Known as the Article 29 Working Party, the Opinion from these experts is essential reading for every business considering moving to the cloud.In issuing this Opinion, European regulators provided the strongest endorsement to date for the European … Read more »

Breaking the growth deadlock

Where Europe succeeds, we succeedEurope matters to us. For the past thirty years, it’s been our aim to helpfuel the European economy with the programs, partnerships, products and services we deliver, through ourselves and others. Our investment has reaped significant return for thousands of new and existing businesses across the continent.This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest frameworks for growth in Europe’s history: the …

The EU’s Proposed Data Protection Regulation: Microsoft’s Position

On 25 January 2012, the European Commission announced a proposed General Data Protection Regulation.  The Commission’s proposal introduces sweeping reforms designed to modernise Europe’s 17-year-old data protection regime. Microsoft welcomes steps to strengthen and harmonise the data protection regime.Our company’s greatest asset is customer trust and our technologies are developed with data protection in mind.  Our priority is to protect personal data in an age whe…

The growing European cloud

When Europeans use cloud computing services, they are connecting to large data centres for the computing power they need. When they want more cloud services, they need more computing power capacity in those data centres.The growing use of cloud services in Europe has caused Microsoft to make another massive investment in computing power capacity in its Dublin Data Centre. This week, Microsoft announced an investment of $130 million to expand … Read more »

A “Cloud-Active” Europe, relatively speaking

At the recent Fuelling the European Economy event, Vice-President Kroes reiterated her belief that the flexibility and efficiency of cloud computing will ‘change our economies’, and she is determined to help resolve barriers to adoption to help Europe become ‘cloud-active’.With the announcement of the European Cloud Partnership, focused on increasing public sector adoption of cloud technologies, Vice-President Kroes has taken the first concrete step towar…

Building a European cloud by and for SMEs

SMEs form the fabric of the European economy; are they also the fabric of the European cloud?  This week, as a contribution to SME Week in Brussels, Microsoft hosted another of our Cloud Computing Policy Roundtables, this time on the topic ‘Building a European cloud by and for SMEs’.  The intent was to explore the opportunities that cloud computing has for European SMEs, and any barriers they experience.Although no longer … Read more »

Building the cloud market in Europe

As we mentioned several times before, cloud computing is an evolution in the technology industry that promises significant economic benefits in Europe – for both users and technology providers. SMEs are the engine of economic growth in Europe, and as users, SMEs will quickly take advantage of the cost reductions and productivity gains enabled by cloud computing.  Added to this, there are also many European technology companies and providers of … Read more »