A Federal Stimulus for Science and Technology

Posted by Dan Reed Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist Microsoft Research My colleague Pamela Passman recently blogged about the importance of the workforce development components of the economic recovery package working its way through the U.S. Congress. As a scientist at Microsoft Research and someone long engaged in federal policy debates regarding computing research, I want to highlight several other aspects of the recovery legislation that are also vital to our long-term health and competitiveness.  In addition Read more »

Microsoft and the European Commission

UPDATE: January 17, 2009, 10:15 a.m. Pacific — The European Commission has commented on the Statement of Objections it sent to Microsoft Thursday.  You can read the full text on the Commission’s Web site. Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues For those of you following our new blog who are not journalists, we wanted to give you a heads up about a press statement we issued a few minutes ago. As you’ll Read more »

Message to Washington – It’s all about Outcomes

Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group Yesterday, I testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, otherwise known as HELP.  You can see a video of my testimony here.  Before getting to the substance, I need to highlight how I continue to be awe-inspired about how our government works — in a positive way.  Any body can walk into the halls of Congress and sit in and listen to a Read more »

Streaming the Inauguration

Posted by Joel Cherkis General Manager, U.S. Public Sector Industry Unit Ok, I admit: I’m not a policy guy.  But I’m venturing onto our new issues blog to report we are one day away from launching our latest project to support government initiatives around openness and transparency.  The Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected Microsoft Silverlight to deliver high-quality video streams of President-Elect Obama’s Baltimore event on his Whistle-Stop Tour (going from Philadelphia to Washington, Read more »

Methods Matter for Protecting Privacy Online

Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel There’s been much discussion recently about “data anonymization” to protect privacy online.  Data anonymization is an especially hot topic when it comes to safeguarding data collected via online advertising or from Internet searches. Today, I’ve been invited to talk about data anonymization at the “State of the Net” conference in Washington, D.C., put on by the Congressional Internet Caucus.  Microsoft is a leader in the use of Read more »

Workforce Development and Economic Stimulus

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Given the constant flow of dreary news battering American workers – including today’s announcement that jobless claims soared to 524,000 in December as the unemployment rate jumped to a 16-year high of 7.2 percent–  my colleagues and I at Microsoft are heartened that Congressional leaders and President-elect Obama have proposed historic investments to get the economy growing again. We are particularly pleased that workforce Read more »

Welcome to Microsoft On The Issues

Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel When Microsoft was founded in 1975, software was a little-known product in a niche industry outside the public eye. Today, thanks to the proliferation of powerful computing devices in everything from cars to mobile phones, software and information technology touch virtually every individual and every aspect of society. The diffusion of technology has, in turn, raised the prominence and urgency of tech issues in public policy Read more »