February, 2011

  • Realizing the Vision of Everywhere, Anytime Communication

    Posted by Dan Reed
    Corporate Vice President, Technology Strategy & Policy, Extreme Computing Group

    Mobile and intelligent devices have become essential everyday tools in most of our lives as evidenced by the nearly 5 billion active cell phones in the world today and the rapidly emerging Internet of Things.

    For many of us, it’s hard to remember a time when we couldn’t immediately respond to a time-sensitive e-mail,  access the latest video from a smartphone or connect our phones to our cars or other devices. However, the reality is that this seemingly seamless functionality comes at a cost. Every new download, upload or connection adds strain on a wireless communications network which is based on usable radio spectrum. That spectrum is intrinsically limited by the laws of physics and practical economics.

    This week, in an effort to address the limitations of the current approach to managing wireless spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission will obtain comments in response to its Notice of Inquiry on dynamic radio spectrum access. We strongly support the FCC’s commitment to exploring more intensive and efficient use of the nation’s radio spectrum.

  • Portland Schools Adopt Microsoft Cloud Computing Platform

    Microsoft announced today that Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in Oregon, plans to first move faculty and staff to Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud computing platform, followed by their high school students.

    So far, more than a third of the state of Oregon has enrolled in Live@edu. Along with Portland Public Schools, the following school districts are also reaping the benefits of Live@edu: Ashland Public Schools, Columbia Gorge, Coos Bay School District, Phoenix Talent School District, McMinnville School District, Redmond School District, St. Cecilia School and Sisters School District. You can read more about how the Coos Bay Public School District is using Live@edu’s Web-based tools to enhance its IT instruction and learning environments, and to help students improve their study skills.

  • Microsoft Activates Disaster Response to Help New Zealand Earthquake Victims

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Canterbury Province in New Zealand (population: 440,000) Monday just before midnight local time.

    Microsoft activated its Disaster Response protocol and took a number of steps, including ensuring the safety of our employees and offering customers, partners and local response agencies technical support to help ensure business continuity.

  • Microsoft Supports International Mother Language Day with Expanded Local Language Program

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

    Did you know that there are about 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world, and half of those are projected to be in danger of being lost forever over the next century?

    Today is International Mother Language Day, a day designated to celebrate the multitude of unique languages spoken by people all over the world.

  • Microsoft Files Comments with FTC & Commerce Department on Data Privacy

    We hope our comments on consumer privacy provide the Commerce Department and the FTC with helpful feedback.

  • Advancing the Idea of Collective Action to Improve Internet Security and Privacy

    At the RSA 2011 conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Scott Charney presented a proposal for collective defense against botnets and malware that threaten consumer devices connected to the Internet.

  • Microsoft Whitepaper: Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

    The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information.



  • Join The Atlantic & Microsoft LIVE Digital Town Hall on Jobs and the Economy of the Future – Feb. 9

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

    On Wednesday, February 9, at 8:30 a.m. EST, join The Atlantic and Microsoft for a live digital town hall discussion on how we can create the jobs and strengthen the US economy.

    Top leaders from government, media, academia and business will share their thoughts on how to provide sustainable economic opportunity for decades to come. Moderated by Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent at PBS NewsHour, participants include:

  • Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life

    International Safer Internet Day is an annual event to promote responsible use of the technology, particularly among children and youth.

  • Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith Testifies in Olympia on Funding Higher Education

    Posted by Brad Smith
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    Earlier this week, I traveled to Olympia to testify before the Washington State legislature on the recommendations of the Higher Education Funding Task Force, which I had the privilege to chair. The task force recommendations provide a systematic roadmap for stabilizing the health of our higher education sector and paving the way for more Washington students to earn four-year degrees.

    As I talked with lawmakers, I was struck by several observations. 

    First, some proposals floating around Olympia would result in even deeper cuts to higher education, making a bad problem even worse. Higher education has undergone severe budget cuts over the past couple of budgets, and that is ground we will need to make up if we expect our public colleges and universities to serve more Washington students going forward.

  • Software Piracy: The Risks are Greater than Ever

    Posted by David Finn
    Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy and Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft

    Software counterfeiting and piracy is a global problem that no single entity solves alone.

  • Connected Health: Bringing Patients and Physicians One Click Closer

    At an HHS press event, we announced new functionality that wires every HealthVault account to use online encrypted patient e-mail based on Direct Project security protocols.

  • Time to Act on Patent Reform

    With a new session of Congress, we have an opportunity to reassess the challenges confronting the U.S. patent system and to forge consensus around improvements that promote patent quality and efficiency.

  • Solving for the Future: Addressing Major Societal Challenges Through Innovative Technology and Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing enables a broad range of benefits for public and private sectors, including cost savings, state-of-the-art computing power and software, increased agility, and job creation.

  • Microsoft, Atlantic Partner to Explore Strengthening the Innovation Economy

    Posted by Fred Humphries
    Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft

    During last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives; it’s how we make a living.” 

    The president’s words are a great reminder about the role technology plays in strengthening the American economy. The end of 2010 showed an increase in consumer confidence, consumer spending and an overall strong gross domestic product, yet Americans across the country still list the economy as their number one concern.