Hiring America’s Heroes: Microsoft testifies on helping veterans transition to civilian careers

On Tuesday, Microsoft will present testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee highlighting best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in private sector jobs. Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, Cloud and Enterprise Group & Military Recruiting at Microsoft, will join representatives from Walmart, JP Morgan Chase & Co., the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation at the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing entitled “What can 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 »

‘Fix the Debt’ Campaign Visits Microsoft

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues More than 700 employees attended a town hall meeting today with Erskine Bowles, co-founder of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, to discuss the threats posed to our economy by the national debt. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. The campaign is comprised of people and organizations with Read more »

Microsoft Lends Its Voice to ‘Fix the Debt’ Movement

The national debt is one of the most serious fiscal issues facing the United States today. It threatens to undermine our nation’s economic growth and competitiveness. The challenge is real and immediate, and it is essential that we come together as a nation to address this issue in a bi-partisan manner.   At Microsoft, we’re committed to doing what we can to help foster this important dialogue. That’s why, along with Read more »

Microsoft-hosted Congressional Debate Previews November Election

Yesterday, Microsoft Political Action Committee partnered with CityClub of Seattle to host a public debate on our Redmond campus among the candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat in Washington. Because the district is home both to Microsoft’s headquarters and to many of our employees, we thought it important to provide a forum for our employees and the public to hear from the candidates directly and engage in a Read more »

Annual H-1B Cap Reached, Depriving the U.S. Economy of Vital Talent

Yesterday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it had reached the statutory cap for H-1B specialty occupation petitions for fiscal year 2013, giving us a stark reminder of the continuing obstacles created by our country’s current framework for high skilled immigration. This comes at a time when the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows the unemployment rate for computer and math occupations at just 3.5 percent – reflecting Read more »

Keeping Top Talent for Our Economy

This has been an important week for immigration reform efforts in Congress. Reflecting the rising recognition that our country wins when we invite the world’s best minds into the American community, two important new bills were introduced in the Senate. These bills would put into action the words that have become a growing chorus in the immigration policy debate: It makes no sense to educate top students from around the Read more »

Microsoft Testifies Before Senate Committee on the Future of Video

Microsoft Media and Entertainment Group Corporate Vice President Blair Westlake testified before the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday regarding the future of video. The hearing was titled “The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future?” [Read more…] Fostering Tag

Microsoft Testifies on U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

Last week, Scott Charney testified at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The hearing was about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is Congress’s first comprehensive legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity across the United States. His full testimony is available here. This legislation is an important milestone in the U.S. Congress’ sustained engagement on the topic of cybersecurity and an advancement in the national Read more »

Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum: Creating a Nimble Framework for Our Economic Future

All of us have experienced the “spectrum crunch” when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management techniques and wireless radio technologies dating back almost one hundred years. We can’t manufacture more spectrum – it’s a finite natural resource – but we can manage it more nimbly and share it more efficiently than Read more »