Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft
Technologies and services that track, analyze and share individuals’ movements have proliferated in recent years. With more and more people connecting to the Internet through mobile devices, and with location based services surging in popularity, new concerns are emerging about how individuals’ movements are tracked and analyzed.
In recognition of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Microsoft is releasing new research on consumer awareness of location based services and their privacy implications. We commissioned a survey of 1,500 people in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and Germany to evaluate consumers’ understanding and use of location based services. We found that respondents expressed strong concerns about privacy and how location-based data is compiled and used:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined U.S. and Chinese business leaders for a meeting at the White House.
At the World Economic Forum meeting, Microsoft discussed the potential of Natural User Interface technologies to address greater societal issues.
This year, we're doing something a bit different at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London to discuss how technology can help improve the state of education in the United Kingdom and globally.
The Higher Education Funding Task Force presented recommendations to Gov. Gregoire on a funding strategy to provide Washington state’s students with affordable higher education opportunities.
Microsoft has released findings from the first year of the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research project, which provides new evidence on addressing education challenges of today.
Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel
Today, I have the good fortune to be in Paris, a city my family and I previously lived in for three years, to discuss the enormous potential of cloud computing for Europe and countries around the world.
Cloud computing continues to grow exponentially, as more and more people, businesses and governments experience its powerful potential – from creating incredible cost savings to increased agility and speed for deploying new software solutions, just to name a few. Economists at the University of Milan estimate new and existing companies using cloud services could create between 300,000 and 1.5 million new jobs in Europe in the next five years. If so, that could reduce Europe’s unemployment rate by 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent and boost gross domestic product growth by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent. I encourage you to read our latest white paper.
Posted by David HowardCorporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – Litigation
From time to time, it's what’s behind the headlines that counts the most.
MLK Day – the only federal holiday designated by Congress as a national Day of Service – is a great opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy and give back to communities through volunteerism.
Editor’s Note: Because tomorrow is Data Privacy Day, we are marking the occasion by profiling Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer and digging deeper into the privacy implications of location-based services. We’ve also asked Dr. Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, to share her latest thoughts on “Privacy by Design.” Dr. Cavoukian is widely credited with originating the concept of Privacy by Design, which is a major focus of the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report on online privacy.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s recent Do Not Track proposal has been attracting a great deal of attention in business circles.
While supporters and detractors debate whether the proposal addresses the mounting concerns about online behavioural tracking, industry leaders – including Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla – are rising to the challenge, announcing Do Not Track features in upcoming browser releases.
With millions of people still struggling to survive, the outbreak of cholera in the country and political tensions caused by the recent elections, Haiti remains in a state of crisis.
Posted by Andrew KoSenior Director, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft
Since 2007, Microsoft’s Innovative Schools program has been connecting educators from around the world to share ideas and best practices for creating new learning models, and inspiring students to engage more deeply and direct their own education.
This year, we are excited that four schools in the United States have been selected to participate in the Innovative Schools program as Pathfinder schools. A Pathfinder school is a school that has a vision for or is in the early stages of implementing innovative programs.
The four new Pathfinder schools are:
I’m delighted to announce that Karen Jones will join the Legal & Corporate Affairs (LCA) team at Microsoft as our new Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for HR Law.
This is a new position that we are creating to consolidate and provide leadership for three closely related areas of work: Employment & Benefits Law, Global Migration and Employee Relations Investigations.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs
In a new article in Sustainable Industries Magazine, Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard wrote about a study that explored the potential for cloud computing to cut down on carbon emissions and reduce energy consumption at large data centers.
Commissioned by Microsoft and carried out by Accenture and WSP Environment and Energy, the study “found that across the board, organizations could save energy and carbon by switching to the cloud and the smaller the organization, the larger the benefit. When small organizations (up to 100 users) move to the cloud, the study predicted an effective carbon footprint reduction of up to 90 percent over using local servers. For large corporations, the predicted savings were typically 30 percent or more.”