March, 2011

  • Competition and Consumer Protection in a Web 3.0 World

    Posted by Pamela Passman
    Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate & Regulatory Affairs

    In the emerging Web 3.0 world, privacy will likely become a principal feature on which consumers base decisions about which products and services to use.

    Here’s why: Web 3.0 technologies will be able to understand your likes, dislikes and preferences based on your online activity, and proactively offer you information and services tailored to your interests.

  • Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe

    Posted by Brad Smith
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law. We thought it important to be transparent and provide some information on what we’re doing and why.

    At the outset, we should be among the first to compliment Google for its genuine innovations, of which there have been many over the past decade.  As the only viable search competitor to Google in the U.S. and much of Europe, we respect their engineering prowess and competitive drive.  Google has done much to advance its laudable mission to “organize the world’s information,” but we’re concerned by a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative.

    We’ve therefore decided to join a large and growing number of companies registering their concerns about the European search market.  By the European Commission’s own reckoning, Google has about 95 percent of the search market in Europe.  This contrasts with the United States, where Microsoft serves about a quarter of Americans’ search needs either directly through Bing or through our partnership with Yahoo!. 

  • Stepping Up to Make a Difference in Education

    Posted by Andrew Ko
    Senior Director, U.S. Partners in Learning

    Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in one of three panel discussions with some of the most influential school leaders at the ‘Unite to Make a DifferenceEducation Forum, hosted by USA TODAY and the Council of Great City Schools. Superintendents from across the country gathered to discuss the state of education and to address some of the biggest issues facing education in our public schools today. You can watch the replay here.

    My panel discussion focused on how businesses and the media can collaborate to improve education. I was joined by superintendents Mary Ellen Elia from Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa, Florida, Eugene White from Indianapolis Public Schools and Alberto Carvalho from Miami-Dade Public Schools, as well as business leaders Paula Prahl from Best Buy and Vin Seunath from SMART Technologies. Urban education is under tremendous pressure to improve, and while there is mounting criticism, schools are rising to the occasion.

  • Microsoft Kicks off Public Safety Symposium with Focus on the Cloud

    Posted by Dermot Barry
    Managing Director, Worldwide Public Safety, Microsoft

    Now more than ever, technology helps governments and non-government organizations address some of the most pressing public safety challenges, from responding to disasters and managing significant events to protecting critical information and national security needs.

    This week, Microsoft is hosting its third annual worldwide Public Safety Symposium (PSS), an event designed to increase awareness of how technology is used to address daily challenges and ensure governments can better protect their citizens. This year, senior operational staff, first responders, policy makers, IT strategists and Microsoft partners from more than 35 countries are on hand to discuss trends and public safety.

  • The Momentum of Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

    Posted by Niels Soelberg
    Vice President, Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA

    When I talk with government leaders and chief information officers across our region, I’m often asked questions that seek to learn more about the latest trend towards cloud computing. These questions range from legislative compliance such as data security and privacy, to data formats and interoperability, to budgeting policies and how Microsoft is responding to these specific public sector requirements. We have been working with our customers and legislators on these issues for many years and continue to do so. In fact, and surprising to some, Microsoft has been successfully delivering a range of cloud services that address these issues for millions of consumers since 1994.

  • Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez
    Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

    Microsoft files legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec in the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court over alleged patent infringement.

  • An Update on Microsoft’s Disaster Relief Work in Japan

    Posted by Claire Bonilla
    Senior Director, Disaster Management, Microsoft

    It’s just over a week since the heartbreaking events in Japan that caused such destruction. Over the past week, we’ve all seen the strength of the human spirit and the generosity of people around the world.

    I’m incredibly proud of our people in Japan, who are working very hard to help government and nonprofit agencies with relief efforts and working closely with our local partners and customers to make sure they have the support they need. We have had a number of new developments, and want to make sure people and organizations are aware of the latest resources available to help them.

  • Taking Down Botnets: Microsoft and the Rustock Botnet

    Posted by Richard Boscovich
    Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

    Just over a year ago, we successfully took down the botnet Waledac. Based on the knowledge gained in that effort, we have successfully taken down a larger, more notorious and complex botnet known as Rustock.



  • Now Complete: Some Work on the Blog Today

    Update, 4:30 pm pdt: Our work is complete and the new blog designed has been launched. Thanks for your patience during the deployment.

    We hope you like the new design and features. We tried to make the blog a bit fresher and better-organized to help you more easily find new or interesting posts on key topics.

  • Microsoft Announces New Accessibility Offerings

    Posted by Rob Sinclair
    Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

    Microsoft announced three new advances in accessibility today in San Diego at the 26th International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University Northridge (CSUN).

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Microsoft Accessibility Tools & Training. This online package contains free accessibility training courses for developers and an accessibility resource guide providing information about many types of disabilities and age-related difficulties and guidance regarding which accessible technology solutions can help to mitigate their effects.

  • Microsoft Testifies before Senate Committee on the Need for Consumer Privacy Laws

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog

    After testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee today, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Erich Andersen discussed the need for steps being taken by Congress, Microsoft and others to protect consumer privacy while promoting continued technological innovation. 

  • Microsoft Teams up with USA TODAY to Make a Difference in Education

    Posted by Sig Behrens
    General Manager, U.S. Education

    On March 18th, Microsoft will come together with top superintendents from America’s largest urban K-12 school districts and industry representatives to tackle some of the biggest issues facing education today. The ‘Unite to Make a Difference’ Education Forum, hosted by USA TODAY and the Council of Great City Schools, and presented by Microsoft Partners in Learning, will take place in McLean, Va., and offer a day-long exchange of ideas aimed at improving education in the United States.

    Many people see Microsoft simply as a technology company, but we also invest a tremendous amount in education. Education is core to our mission as a company to help individuals reach their potential and the most important work we do. We believe it is important to be part of the ongoing discussion around advancements in education and the successes and challenges that schools face today, to create a sustainable economy and future for the U.S.

  • Administration Indicates Important Support for Consumer Privacy Legislation

    Posted by Brad Smith
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft

    Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy is a critical component to earning and maintaining that trust.

    At Microsoft, our goal is to be transparent about our privacy practices, offer meaningful privacy choices and protect the security of our customers’ data.

    Microsoft is pleased that the Administration will endorse the creation of federal privacy legislation in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee today. We support the Administration in this effort.

  • Can Kids Love Math and Science More than Ice Cream?

    Posted by Lili Cheng
    General Manager, Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs, Microsoft

    Kodu Game Lab is a free application that enables kids as young as five to create new worlds and games without any programming expertise.

  • Microsoft Applauds Passage of Patent Bill by the U.S. Senate

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez
    Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

    Microsoft applauds the Senate’s passage of the “America Invents Act” and looks forward to further consideration of patent reform by the House.

  • Talking about Governance with C-Suite Insight Magazine

    Posted by John Seethoff
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

    John Seethoff discusses Microsoft’s approach to corporate governance, issues for boards in 2011, and the company’s focus going forward.

  • Washington STEM launches to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs

    Today marked an important milestone in our work to improve education in Washington State with the launch of Washington STEM.