Microsoft women- and minority-owned law firm legal spending this decade tops $100 million: Additional progress towards a more diverse and inclusive legal profession

Throughout this decade, an important element of Microsoft’s legal diversity efforts has involved work with law firms that are owned by women or minorities – or WMBE firms as they are often called. I’m pleased to share that we’ve reached an important milestone in this area. Since 2010, we’ve spent more than $100 million with women- and minority-owned law firms (WMBE). This spend not only represents the valuable contributions made Read more »

Why we support Schedule 451: A new approach to meeting our energy needs

By Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft, and Irene Plenefisch, director of government affairs Microsoft is proud to call Washington state home. We’ve been headquartered here since 1979, and we have grown from a small cluster of buildings to a 500-acre campus that now houses more than 40,000 employees and 15 million square feet of offices and labs. As we’ve grown, so too has our energy consumption. In recognition Read more »

How Microsoft supports global actions for climate change

Next month, when countries around the world meet in Morocco for the United Nations meeting on climate change, Microsoft will continue to support global actions to reduce carbon as part of the Paris Agreement. In the past month, countries have achieved three important global policy milestones: controlling aviation emissions, reducing hydrofluorocarbons and accelerating entry into force of the Paris Agreement. “At Microsoft, we are proud to support these efforts and Read more »

Tech support scams are a growing problem

Have you experienced a tech support scam over the phone or online? If not, you likely know someone who has. According to a new global survey we commissioned, two out of three consumers have been exposed to a tech support scam in the past year. The survey revealed other interesting results, including the latest ploys scammers are using to target consumers and the surprising groups of consumers that tend to Read more »

How closing the digital divide is saving lives in Botswana

In an increasingly globalized world, an internet connection has become an indispensable means of accessing knowledge and opportunity. Unfortunately, reliable and affordable internet access has yet to reach about half the planet’s population, meaning 4.2 billion people cannot read this blog post or any other online content. Poor internet connectivity also limits access to modern opportunities in education, commerce and healthcare. And in parts of the world where opportunities are Read more »

Microsoft and ISO help customers moving to the cloud with procurement guidance

Today Microsoft is introducing the Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist, developed to help customers make better cloud migration decisions. Organizations are becoming increasingly familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, but the process of migrating can be daunting, regardless of the company’s size, industry or sector. Even for companies that are already managing multiple, complex business processes in the cloud, the process of contracting with and managing multiple providers can Read more »

It’s October: Remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

October kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, 31 days focused on raising public awareness and educating individuals and families about staying safer and more secure online. This year marks six years since the launch of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the month’s signature safety campaign – a simple, actionable message aimed at encouraging people to help safeguard their digital lifestyles. On Tuesday, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department Read more »

Building a cloud for global good

Today Satya Nadella and I are in Dublin. It’s the first stop on a trip that will also take us to Paris and Berlin, with Satya also visiting London. We’re spending this week meeting with customers, partners, developers and government leaders. We’ll talk about how the Microsoft Cloud is driving the transformation of businesses and industries across Europe and around the world. We’ll talk about how our customers have harnessed Read more »

Microsoft updates biannual reports on our Transparency Hub

Microsoft today published its latest series of biannual transparency reports on the Microsoft Transparency Hub. These reports consist of the Law Enforcement Requests Report and the U.S. National Security Orders Report, as well as the Content Removal Requests Report. In this latest release, the Law Enforcement Requests Report and the U.S. National Security Orders Report covering the period from January to June 2016, show little fluctuation in law enforcement request Read more »

Microsoft’s Director Video Series: Hearing about the board, from the board

In 2009, Microsoft began posting video interviews with members of its board of directors to provide deeper insights into their backgrounds and perspectives on board service. Today we are pleased to share two new installments featuring John Thompson and Padmasree Warrior. John currently serves as chairman of the board, while Padmasree joined the board in December 2015. The conversations span a variety of interesting topics. John outlines his thoughts about Read more »