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January, 2010

  • Microsoft & Internet Freedom

    Posted by Steve Ballmer Chief Executive Officer Over the last few weeks, there has been much said about issues of security, privacy, and censorship as it relates to the Internet in China and around the world. I want to reinforce the comments made by...
  • The Recent Cyber Attacks

    Posted by Mike Reavey Director, Microsoft Security Response Unfortunately cyber crime and cyber attacks are daily occurrences in the online world. We condemn these attacks and the recent attacks against Google and other companies. Based on our investigations...
  • HP, Microsoft and the Future of IT

    Posted by Brad Anderson Corporate Vice President, Management And Services Division Today Microsoft and HP announced some great news for customers and partners of our infrastructure software and server applications: a $250 million engineering, sales...
  • How One Industry is Adapting to Change

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center. James Burkhard Managing Director, CERA Global Oil Group. Craig Hodges General Manager, Manufacturing & Resources, Microsoft. Dominic Carr writes: Many industries are facing dramatic...
  • Television of the future isn’t just on your TV

    Posted by Ted Malone Microsoft TV, Video and Music, Senior Director of Product Management You don’t need to look very far to see how radically technology has changed the way we do things. Take the area of personal digital entertainment. Just think...
  • Today’s kindergartners, tomorrow’s workforce

    Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President for Worldwide Education Today’s kindergartners will retire around 2075. They will likely look back at 2010 as a quaint time, the way many of us remember the time before VCRs, color television and the Internet...
  • Introducing the Microsoft News Center

    Posted by Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications For the past decade, PressPass has been the official voice of Microsoft to people who are interested in the company. This week, we’re launching a refreshed and renewed version...
  • Some Weekend Reading

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center. For those of us on the West Coast of the U.S., the weekend is just about on us. The forecast here in Seattle calls for rain – normally no surprise, but the past week had been dry and almost sunny...
  • Weekend Reading, January 29

    Where I live it is Friday afternoon again and time to think about the weekend. Given that the five-day weather forecast on MSN again calls for rain and more rain, it seemed some weekend reading might be in order. I hate the fact I am contributing to the...
  • The Power of Technology to Transform Government

    Posted by Steve Ballmer Chief Executive Officer Later today, I’ll join about 50 CEOs from some of America’s most innovative companies at the White House for a forum on modernizing government hosted by President Obama and senior members of his administration...
  • Driving Better Retail Business Intelligence

    Posted by Bruno Aziza, Worldwide Lead Strategist, Business Intelligence And Co-Author Of Drive Business Performance The economic crisis has reminded business leaders that developing a great strategy is not enough. They need to execute that strategy...
  • Internet Freedom

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an important and interesting speech this morning on the subject of Internet freedom and privacy. This is a vital discussion and one we think about a...
  • CES - Optimism About Technology Is More Than Just Fun and Games

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center For many people Las Vegas is glamorous and exciting year round. No matter what you think of Vegas there is no denying the energy and sense of optimism that permeates the city. There is always something...
  • Bing: Advancing Search Privacy

    Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center Privacy online is an important issue facing everyone as we spend more of our life, and carry out more of our business, online. Everyone needs to be able to have confidence that their privacy is being protected...
  • 2010 Tech Trends; Microsoft CIO Shares Some Thoughts

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center. What's going to be on the mind of CIO's in 2010? January is the month for looking back at the successes and challenges of the year just gone, and for looking forward to the opportunities of the...
  • What could be more natural?

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director Microsoft News Center Last night Steve Ballmer and Robbie Bach delivered the pre-show keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). If you missed it you can watch the entire keynote or view clips. Steve and Robbie covered lots of interesting ground, but one that is generating a lot of buzz is the announcement that “Project Natal” for Xbox will be available this year. Natal will basically transform your whole body into the Xbox game controller. Seeing is believing . Natal is part of a bigger effort around what scientists call Natural User Interface (NUI). Steve and Robbie talked about this last night, and Steve has an interesting post about NUI over on the HuffPo this morning . Steve talks about progress in areas such as touch, speech, gestures, handwriting and vision -- all with the goal of creating a computer that can see, listen, learn, talk and even understand our intent. As Steve says, this is an area where we’ve been focused for a while. Some of the fruits of this labor are already in products like Windows 7, Microsoft Surface and Fords SYNC built on Microsoft technology. Others are still a glint in the eye.
  • Supporting Relief Efforts in Haiti

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director, Microsoft News Center. We’ve all been following the terrible news coming from Haiti. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the devastating earthquake. Like many other companies and individuals we are doing what...
  • Happy New Year: Bing Wins Crunchie

    Posted by Dominic Carr Director Microsoft News Center Here’s a nice way to start off the new year. Our friends over in Bing are celebrating tonight after being honored at this year’s Crunchies as Best New Startup or Product of 2009 . A lot of great...