Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development. The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion people on the planet living on just $1.25 a day by 2030. The lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security, nutrition, Read more »

Microsoft Translator expanded, Language Toolbox launched in celebration of Mother Language Day

On Friday, Microsoft announced the expansion of Microsoft Translator with the addition of Welsh and the launch of Language Toolbox, both in celebration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. Language Toolbox is a collection of free tools and resources related to Microsoft language technologies. Also on Friday, Microsoft recognized the important role American Sign Language (ASL) plays in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through Microsoft’s Local Read more »

Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to focus on answering these questions and to explore best practices. The engaging and interactive discussion examined how government and industry can work together to help our returning soldiers transition to civilian careers. House Veterans’ Read more »

Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online for Safer Internet Day

To mark Safer Internet Day (SID) 2014, Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and to make that one thing part of their daily digital routines. As part of this campaign, on Monday we’re launching a new interactive website Safer Online, where individuals can share their “Do1Thing” promise; learn what others are doing to help protect themselves online, and get instant tips to enhance and better Read more »

Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders: Training the Builders of the Future,” included a panel of industry and policy experts examining the critical business need for workers trained in STEM fields Read more »

Microsoft and Washington state partner to bridge tech skills gap

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Washington State Library to bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to more than 385 libraries statewide. The industry-leading technology training will be available to Washingtonians to help prepare them for success in a global workplace that grows more tech-dependent each day. Technology is everywhere, and one out of two jobs today requires some degree of technology skills. In less than 10 years, Read more »

Online ‘safety’ as a state of being

We’re all very aware of people’s desires to be “safe” and “secure,” and to exist and engage in environments – both online and off – that are built on trust. To define these points as absolute states of being, however, is impractical and unrealistic. Rather, when it comes to life online, we should focus first on the almost-innumerable advantages of the Internet; realize the online world is not without risk, Read more »

Widening our ‘Gateway to the Pacific’

With 40 percent of all jobs in Washington state tied to trade, the Seattle region has long been described as “A Gateway to the Pacific.” That idea was at the forefront of conversation as business, civic and government leaders gathered last night for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Leadership Conference. I had the opportunity to address the audience about our region’s future. I spoke about Puget Sound visionaries Read more »

IDC study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s unimagined world

On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. I often reflect on the careers that exist today, that weren’t even an idea when I was in primary and secondary school. My role at Microsoft Read more »

Microsoft releases Annual Citizenship report for fiscal year 2013

On Monday, Microsoft released the 2013 Citizenship Report, which describes our citizenship work in support of our company’s mission during the last fiscal year and shares our vision for what’s to come. Together with our annual financial report, which was also released Monday, it provides a full accounting of our fiscal and citizenship priorities and performance. [Read more…] Community Tag