Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs
The past year saw Microsoft involved in a number of important legal and policy issues across the globe, including intellectual property, competition, Internet security, child safety on the Web and the tragic events in Haiti.
I’d like to take you on a tour of the 10 blog posts that attracted the highest readership during 2010:
Posted by Elizabeth L. GrossmanTechnology Strategy & Policy
Why do governments and companies fund research?
There are many reasons -- one is to discover new things, to restock the cache of ideas and insights that feed innovation and job creation. Another is to educate and maintain a pool of talent that is skilled in critical thinking and armed with newly created knowledge to better grow our economy and tackle societal challenges. For these reasons, Microsoft makes significant investments in research. However, we do so in the context of the larger research community and federal support for science.
Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel
Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a “Green Paper” that outlines the department’s position on a number of timely privacy issues.
Microsoft supports the framework contained in the Green Paper and commends the agency for its focus on ways to ensure consumers’ private data is protected.
There is little doubt that 2010 will go down in history as a significant year for creativity and invention at Microsoft.
We’ve released numerous compelling offerings this year, including Office 2010, Windows Phone 7, Kinect, cloud computing solutions such as Windows Azure and Office 365 and ongoing enhancements to Bing. People are excited about the new experiences we’re enabling.
The New York Times has praised Kinect for delivering a user-experience that “no other company or system can even dream of providing.” Gizmodo has called Windows Phone 7 “the most exciting thing to happen to phones in a long time.”
Posted by Ron ZinkChief Operating Officer, European Union Affairs
This week has seen the launch of several initiatives by the European Commission to improve e-Government services for European citizens, including an overall action plan and a new Framework to make these services work better.
For more detail, read the full blog post on Microsoft Europe.