Posted by John VassalloVice President of EU Affairs
(Cross posted from Microsoft.eu)
Growth has been the watchword at the Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London. It's an event that brings together some of the region's most influential public sector figures under one roof, in an effort to find new ways to drive sustainable economic growth in Europe.
In my conversations in the conference hall, most people I have spoken with are in agreement that maintaining growth across the region will not be easy. Nevertheless, there is clear enthusiasm to engage and help unearth new ways to drive prosperity for Europe's people.
There is certainly an understanding amongst most government leaders that the efficient deployment of technology across Europe will play a crucial role in dictating the speed at which the recovery happens. It was great to hear Nick Clegg, the UK government's deputy leader, reinforcing how important technology is and will continue to be in driving growth in the coming months and years.
Posted by Linda ZecherCorporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector
Last week I had the opportunity to join 500 remarkable educators, school leaders and government officials from around the globe at Microsoft’s sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum is the signature event of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program and it was impossible for anyone there not to be moved and inspired by the absolute passion of these educators and their amazing commitment to helping our young people realize their full potential.
The week culminated with the announcement of the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teachers award winners. 13 winners were chosen among the 125 finalists who reached Cape Town and more than 200,000 teachers who participated in national and regional events. Along with the many great education professionals who attended from our Pathfinder and Mentor schools, the event promoted best practice and sharing with the purpose of creating a positive legacy for current and future students across the globe.
Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, US Government Affairs
As we approach the 2010 midterm elections, the topic of political contributions has received much media attention so I wanted to provide background on Microsoft’s own policies. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, we adopted a set of political principles several years ago which have been periodically updated. These political principles are available on our corporate website and are included annually in our Corporate Responsibility report.