The Importance of Search Result Location

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a long-time Microsoft consultant. Search engines are a technological marvel: In milliseconds, they can bring order to the vastness of the Internet. In fact, it’s estimated that about two billion people turn to a search engine on a regular basis to find their way around the Web. Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users are worried about privacy. A study released by the Pew Center on Sept. 5 indicates that “than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps over privacy Read more »

Privacy for Today’s Technology: Putting People First

One of the most important policy discussions emerging this year is the effort to update privacy laws in Europe and the United States. This is welcome news. Key laws governing privacy and security on both sides of the Atlantic have not been overhauled in a significant manner for two to three decades, yet technology – and society – has changed dramatically. This morning I spoke at the International Association of Read more »

Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other products. Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards. You probably take for granted that you Read more »

Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe

Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law. We thought it important to be transparent and provide some information on what we’re doing and why. Dynamics Tag At the outset, we should be among the first to compliment Google for its genuine innovations, of which there have been many over the past decade. Read more »

Microsoft Welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe”

Posted byJohn VassalloVice President EU Legal and Corporate Affairs (Cross posted Microsoft welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe,”announced earlier this weekby European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, as a bold roadmap for action. We share the Commission’s view that technology is an enabler for economic growth, job creation, sustainability and social inclusion. As a company, we are fully committed to working with the European Commission and Read more »

Revising the EU Data Protection Directive

Posted by Thomas Myrup Kristensen Senior EU Policy Director (Cross posted from Late last month, European Union Commissioner Viviane Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC). She noted that the Commission is currently analyzing the over 160 responses to the public consultation and that the proposal to reform the Directive is expected to be released by the end of 2010. You can find Microsoft’s Read more »

The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

(If you would like more information about the browser choice screen on your computer, or if you have a technical issue with the update, the Windows team has prepared a page you may find useful entitled, What is the Browser Choice update? ) Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin offering a “Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe, as required by the European Commission. Internal testing of Read more »